ICE-chartered flights carrying less people during pandemic

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A newspaper reports that there are fewer detainees flying in and out of Washington state on flights chartered by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Yakima this year compared to last year. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that ICE-chartered flights will likely continue weekly during the pandemic through the start of 2021 at the Yakima Air Terminal at McAllister Field. Data from the Yakima Immigrant Response Network estimated at least 169 detainees have deplaned and were taken to the detention center and about 1,029 arrived from the center to board planes this year, compared to 2,850 people transported to or from the Yakima airport in the second half of 2019.