EL PASO — The United States government was flying Mexican deportees home on the taxpayers' dime.
A plane departed Tuesday from the El Paso International Airport bound for Mexico City with 131 people were on board.
The flight was the first of dozens to come over the next two months and is part of a two-month experiment aimed at relieving border cities overwhelmed by large numbers of people who were ordered to leave the U.S.
A simiilar experiment was conducted in Tucscon from 2004 to 2011, but those flights were voluntary and were an alternative to possible jail time.
The flights from El Paso are mandatory.