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Another group of young, undocumented immigrants from El Paso, Texas landed at the Westchester County Airport on Thursday night, the New York Post reports.
As The Post watched, “The children then boarded three buses waiting for them, with one traveling to the Walt Whitman Service Area in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, where several teens disembarked and met up with adults who were waiting for them just after midnight.” Online flight records show that the flight had made a stopover in Jacksonville, FL on the way to New York.
The secret charter flights intended to distribute underage migrants
from the U.S.- Mexico border have resumed; The Biden Administration is now bringing those migrants to Westchester, New York, after dark and to less-travelled airports.
Daily Mail reports that on Friday 21 states have signed onto a lawsuit against the Biden administration to stop it from lifting the Title 42 health order for the southern border amid concerns it will bring in a greater flux of migrants into the U.S.
President Joe Biden had announced last month that he would end the Trump-era policy, Title 42, that allowed instant expulsion of asylum-seekers at the U.S. southern border on May 23.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who joined the suit on Friday, said in a statement: ‘Ending Title 42 would be a disaster and further the chaos at the southwest border that is making it easier for drug cartels and human smugglers to advance their illicit practices in our country.’
In February, 55 percent of the more than 164,000 migrants encountered at the border were expelled under the order said the Daily Mail.
Former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, called the resumption of flights ‘a big middle finger to hard-working New York taxpayers’.
‘It’s frustrating. It’s outrageous,’ he told the Post. Astorino has asked the White House for comment, and is awaiting an answer.
Analysis of online tracking data suggested that 21 flights, since August 8, have brought around 2,000 migrants caught after crossing the border from Mexico to the Westchester airport.
Astorino had previously released bodycam footage of Westchester Police responding to one of the secret charter flights last year.
The Daily Mail added that just last week, Astorino filmed another set of young migrants leaving the airport last week as part of the after-dark flight program, which was reportedly suspended following an investigation last year.
Some official statements have been made:
A White House official said that “the flights were being used to ‘transport unaccompanied minors to vetted sponsors or relatives with whom they will await the outcome of their immigration proceedings.'”
The Department of Health and Human Services, which helps match the young migrants to sponsors, said in a statement: ‘It is our legal responsibility to provide safe, appropriate care to unaccompanied migrant children during the time they are in our custody, and that includes transportation to vetted sponsors.’
the Daily Mail reports that last year, August 13, 2021 footage showing Westchester Police Sgt. Michael Hamborsky questioning federal contractors who are overseeing migrants embarking and boarding American Dream charter buses in the early morning hours on the tarmac of a Westchester Airport documented those events.
The footage shows Hamborsky speak to multiple contractors, who are employees of MVM Inc., a private security firm that signed a $136 million contract with the federal government last year to transport undocumented immigrants and unaccompanied children around the country, The Daily Mail reports.
‘I’m just trying to figure out what’s what, who’s who and how I’m supposed to keep this secure,’ Hamborsky tells the contractors in the video, who give him the lanyards from around their necks.
‘We’re not allowed to have our picture taken when we get on base,’ one of them tells him.
‘Un-f**king-believable,’ Hamborsky says. ‘And who’s that by? DHS?’
‘Yes, and the United States Army,’ the contractor replies. ‘You’re on a federal installation but DHS wants everything on the down low.’ The continuation of the flights from the Southern border to Westchester comes as the U.S. saw an average of nearly 6,000 people a day crossing the border in February, according to the most recent data from the US Customs and Border Protect.
The New York Post reports that Astorino, as a gubernatorial candidate, as accused Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochel of being “complicit in this,” noting that the recently approved state budget allows undocumented immigrants 65 and older to apply for state-funded Medicaid benefits. Astorino noted,” We’ve got high taxes with failing schools, with crime out of control and we’re using taxpayer dollars to aid illegal immigrants’.
Astorino added that he believes that the flights started up again last month.
However, The Post reveals that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement source said that the “flights never stopped” to other airports in the U.S. “It’s like the Energizer Bunny, they just keep going and going,” said the source.
US Customs and Border protection data suggests almost 5,900 people a day were caught crossing the southwest border, but the Department of Homeland security said that it is expecting that number to surge after the scheduled May 23 lifting of Title 42.