Migrants say Florida contractors pushed to get them to board planes to California
María had traveled over 2,800 miles from Venezuela to reach the United States in
early May. Once crossing the border, however, she’d only made it four blocks, to a
shelter at Sacred Heart Church, in downtown El Paso.
Like many asylum seekers released on parole by Customs and Border Protection,
she had no money to pay for a plane or bus ticket, she said. She slept in the
church shelter, and then in the alley outside, for three weeks, until a woman
approached and said she would fly María on a private jet to California.