Posted on April 22, 2022

Growing Number of Migrants Arriving at Sky Harbor Putting a Strain on Employees

Holly Bock, CBS 5, April 15, 2022

The number of people coming to the southern border to seek asylum is growing. It’s now also putting a strain on workers at Sky Harbor airport. Hundreds of migrants are arriving daily, and many don’t have finalized travel plans when they arrive, so airport staff is stepping in to help.


According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, they transport those who have bonded out of their custody to places like bus stations or airports like Sky Harbor. {snip}

Many, like a man we spoke to from Haiti, are not prepared to travel. {snip} He was in ICE custody and now has a flight to Philadelphia, where his wife and daughter are, but he had to ask people for help booking his trip.


Airport staff has stepped in, offering the use of phones and translating services. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema was vocal about this topic, saying employees are “not trained or skilled in the area of providing short-term humanitarian or physical support to migrants.”


If migrants can’t get a flight to friends or family, airport staff will contact a local nonprofit to pick them up; however, they could have to wait overnight at the airport if space is limited.