US begins quietly flying Venezuelan migrants to Colombia
Venezuelans who have previously resided in Colombia are being taken back there via removal flights.
U.S. authorities are citing Title 42, a public health order to turn away migrants at the border because of the pandemic.
Colombia has agreed to receive the flights.
ICE will organize the flights, which are expected to take place on a regular basis.
Up to 6,000 Venezuelans detained in the U.S. are at risk of being deported to Colombia by the end of this month.
As of October 2021, over 5.9 million people have fled Venezuela due to the widespread violence, food shortages, and lack of medical care across the country.
The pandemic has overwhelmed Venezuelan hospitals and exacerbated its previously existing humanitarian crisis.