OPINION: This article contains commentary which reflects the author's opinion
The Biden administration’s Department of Homeland Security has been secretly flying thousands of migrants who crossed illegally into the country deep into the United States, reports noted on Tuesday.
After Joe Biden took office in January, the U.S. southern border has become inundated with record numbers of migrants crossing into the country illegally, overwhelming Border Patrol agents and state authorities.
Hundreds of thousands have been turned back, but the administration has also allowed tens of thousands to remain inside the U.S. ostensibly while waiting for their immigration court dates, after the president relaxed or reversed many of former President Donald Trump’s enforcement policies.
And according to a series of reports over the past several months, DHS and its agencies have been transporting or flying migrants by the thousands into the interior of the country where critics say they will disappear and few will show up for court dates.
The Western Journal reports:
In May, WCRB-TV in Chattanooga, Tennessee, reported on the surreptitious strategy taking place there, in which migrant children who were flown in overnight were later bused to cities in Alabama, Georgia and Florida. In August, neighbors of the airport in Abilene, Texas, reported to KTAB-TV that Biden administration officials were using it as a jumping-off point to fly illegal immigrants to points unknown across the country.
And now, the New York Post has released two of destinations migrants are being transported to — the upscale New York City suburbs of Westchester County and Jacksonville International Airport in Florida.
“Last week, The Post saw two planes land at the Westchester County Airport, where most of the passengers who got off appeared to be children and teens, with a small portion appearing to be men in their 20s,” The Post reported.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 19, 2021
“Westchester County cops stood by as the passengers — whose flights arrived at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday and 9:52 p.m. Friday — got off and piled into buses,” the outlet continued, adding that later, some were seen being dropped off with relatives or sponsors, while others were taken to a Long Island residential facility.
“The clandestine nature of the operation raises questions about how the White House is dealing with a recent surge in unaccompanied minors,” The Post added.
Republican governors in affected states have been attempting for months to meet with Biden or his border czar, Vice President Kamala Harris, to discuss ways to improve border security but they have been rebuffed or ignored.
One of them, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, noted through a spokeswoman that he isn’t happy about the resettlement of illegal aliens in his state without being first consulted by the administration or even informed when they are brought in and whether they are taken.
“If the Biden Administration is so confident that their open-border policy is good for our country, why the secrecy? Why is the Biden Administration refusing to share even the most basic information about illegal alien resettlement in communities throughout our state and the entire country?” spokeswoman Christina Pushaw told The Post.
“Washington, DC, sets immigration policies that do not affect them, and states — that lack information about migrant resettlement and do not have the authority to change federal immigration policy — are expected to bear the brunt of Biden’s reckless open-borders agenda,” she added.
In late August, DeSantis wrote to the Biden administration and demanded that DHS stop bringing illegal migrants into his state as a matter of concern for public safety.
In a letter to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, DeSantis reminded the Biden admin official of a letter he wrote in April “requesting that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) take into custody and ultimately remove all illegal alien felons who have completed their prison sentences in Florida.”
“I further requested that ICE notify the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) as well as local laws enforcement agencies, of such felons released from ICE custody in Florida,” he added.
“But despite Florida’s added efforts to transport certain illegal alien felons to ICE facilities and monitor those released at your discretion, we have seen no action by your administration to enforce federal immigration laws or protect Floridians from the continued release of dangerous criminal aliens.”