Hundreds of underage migrants are being secretly flown from Texas to New York for resettlement by the Biden administration, an investigation has learned. The program is an effort by the White House to resettle migrants across the state, according to the New York Post, and comes amid the on-going border crisis that has overwhelmed immigration officials this summer.
According to data from the US Customs and Border Protection, 37,805 unaccompanied minors were caught entering the US from Mexico between July and August. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed the news, initially reported by the New York Post, during her briefing on Tuesday. “It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or vetted sponsor and that’s something we take seriously,” Psaki said.
She said the Biden administration has a ‘moral obligation’ to reunite children separated at the border with their families or sponsors across the country. According to Psaki, all of those aboard were “en route to their final destination to be reunified with their parents or vetted sponsor.”
Analysis of online tracking data done by the Post suggests that 21 flights have brought around 2,000 migrants caught after crossing the border from Mexico to the Westchester airport – found outside White Planes – since August 8. Some of the planes have landed between midnight and 6.30 a.m. during a voluntary curfew that is currently in place, with two arriving from Houston at 2:13 a.m. and 4:29 a.m. on August 20.
A source told the Post that underage migrants arriving at the airport are typically seen carrying backpacks, and are then taken to locations including The Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, upstate Newburgh and Bridgeport and Danbury in Connecticut. On Friday, the newspaper reported that a bus left Westchester airport and quickly went down the Hutchinson River Parkway, which is currently off-limits to commercial vehicles – and crossed the Throgs Neck Bridge.
Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis expressed outrage at the investigation’s findings, with a spokeswoman telling the Post: “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?,” Christina Pushaw added.
A lady who lives close to the Westchester airport informed the Post that she had been woken up several of times over the last month in the early hours of the morning because of the late night activity. “I got used to the regular airport noise but these planes or jets sound different. Lower, more bass. And they’re coming in the middle of the night,” she said.
She reported seeing buses that say ‘out of service’ driving around the airport at unusual hours, that aren’t the usual airport shuttle buses. Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican candidate for governor, told the newspaper that citizens concerned about the violation of the voluntary curfew had reported the flights to him.
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