The Biden administration has been secretly flying migrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally along the border with Mexico to Florida in dozens of late-night flights, according to reports.
According to Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, the Biden administration has sent more than 70 migrant-filled flights to an airport in Jacksonville under the cover of darkness as the Department of Homeland Security “struggles to empty overflowing border facilities,” the Washington Examiner reported.
The outlet went on to report that the numbers of flights cited by DeSantis’ office are the first the state has disclosed since the summer as DeSantis has frantically worked over the past several weeks to find out who is facilitating the secret flights that are landing daily in northern Florida. However, the administration hasn’t been forthcoming with that information, one official told the Examiner.
“Over 70 air charter flights [on] jetliner airliners coming from the southwest border have landed at Jacksonville International Airport,” Larry Keefe, DeSantis’s public safety chief, said. “On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights. And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September.”
Keefe was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida by former President Donald Trump and left his position in February after the Biden administration took office. He went on to say that the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, and the Department of Health and Human Resources are refusing to tell Florida officials who is in charge of the migrant flights, the names of people on the flights, and where migrants are being taken.
“We’re in a sad situation of trying to run an investigation. Who is facilitating this travel? How are they getting here? Who are the support people? Who are the sponsors?” Keefe said.
Located in eastern Florida, Jacksonville is situated along I-95, the major artery that runs along the East Coast. Florida officials say they know that migrants are being flown there and then transported by bus to locations up and down the interstate.
“We don’t know definitively or specifically as to why Jacksonville is the chosen place,” Keefe said. “[We’re] having to watch and observe — in effect, spy on the government to see what it is that they’re doing in the middle of the night out of these airport facilities.”
He went on to say that state officials were notified of the flights by local law enforcement.
Frustration over the secret flights comes amid anger over an alleged incident involving one illegal migrant, Yery Noel Medina Ulloa, who lied to Border Patrol officials as well as local police in Jacksonville, claiming to be 17 years old and also known by another name, who may have been aboard one of the night flights after pretending to be a minor.
A mid-20s illegal alien posed as a 17-year-old, crossed the Southern Border, was dumped in Jacksonville and has now taken an innocent Floridian’s life.
Biden’s reckless open borders policies are deadly. pic.twitter.com/BPB2kbFoXG
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) November 6, 2021
Ulloa, reportedly in his mid-20’s, has been charged with stabbing Francisco Javier Cuellar to death in his home Oct. 6. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says that surveillance video from Cuellar’s home shows Ulloa “stabbing the victim numerous times and repeatedly hitting him with a chair.”
At a press conference on Saturday, DeSantis lambasted the Biden administration and accused the federal government of malfeasance.
“There was an individual who had posed as a 17-year-old, actually was in the mid-20s, brought here, had been here, ended up committing a murder,” DeSantis said. “And so now this individual has been detained, should have never been in this country to begin with, and definitely should not have been dumped in the state of Florida.
“And so these are middle the night flights, no, no notification to the state or anybody,” he added. “And this is not the way you keep people safe, it’s reckless, and it’s wrong. And I’m going to ask the legislature to see what can we do to make sure that they can’t just do this with impunity, because these are private contractors the federal government’s hiring, coming in, you know, if you’re bringing in problems like that, then I think we have to reevaluate, you know, what you’re able to do business-wise in the state of Florida,” DeSantis vowed.
“So we’re going to definitely do, I’m gonna see what we could do from executive,” he added. “We have, of course, have a pending lawsuit against the Biden administration challenging their catch and release policies. But this is what happens when you engage in reckless policies.”
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