Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials routinely put illegal immigrants unescorted on commercial flights for deportation, including some who are sex offenders or have other criminal records, says the Houston Chronicle. “This is an absolute risk to public safety,” said Chris Crane, a union official for ICE employees. “And it’s happening every day.”
Unescorted deportees have caused disruptions on flights and have absconded after unscheduled stops, including two Peruvian deportees who disappeared from Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport in July. Internal ICE documents show that illegal immigrants convicted of sex crimes involving victims as young as 11 have been allowed to fly unescorted.