(NEWSER) – Aid workers, camera crews, politicians, and even the nation's first lady were on hand as a planeload of mothers and children being sent back from the US arrived in Honduras yesterday. The planeload of around 40 people from a New Mexico detention center is just the "initial wave" and their deportation came at President Obama's direction, a Homeland Security official tells the Los Angeles Times. "Our border is not open to illegal migration and we will send recent illegal migrants back," he says. There will be more flights to Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the days and weeks ahead, the official tells NBC, which notes that false rumors of a June deadline to stay in the US legally has fueled a spike in arrivals of women and children from Central America.
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