The Biden administration redesigns immigrant flights to airports outside of New York

The White House has quietly resumed its charter flights of minor immigrants after dark to a suburban airport north of New York City – after post-exposure led to their suspension last year.

The post watched a group of immigrant teens get off an Abel Airlines plane that arrived at Westchester County Airport near White Plains at 9:25 p.m., Thursday. The group then boarded three waiting buses that traveled about 50 minutes later.

One bus drove to the Walt Whitman service area in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia. After the bus stopped around 12:45 a.m. Friday, several teens got off, took their bags out of the trunk and left with adults waiting there to meet them.

The bus left the rest stop around 1:05 a.m. and continued south on the New Jersey Highway.

The plane that landed in Westchester flew from El Paso International Airport in Texas and made a stopover in Jacksonville, Florida, according to online flight records.

In October, the post documented a series of similar flights to reveal how the government flew immigrant youth to the suburbs of New York amid the ongoing humanitarian crisis on the Mexican border.

Immigrant Immigrants in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Immigrants were seen getting off a plane at Westchester County Airport.
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“Flight renewal is a big middle finger for New York taxpayers who work hard,” said former Westchester County director Rob Astorino.

“It’s frustrating. It’s outrageous.”

Astorino, a Republican candidate for governor, also accused Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul of being a “partner,” noting that the recently approved state budget allows undocumented immigrants aged 65 and over to apply for state-funded Medicaid benefits.

“We have high taxes, failing schools, with out-of-control crime and we use taxpayer money to help illegal immigrants,” he said.

Astorino, who has made immigrant flights a major issue in the campaign, said he believes the border ferry started up again last month.

The source of immigration enforcement and customs said that regardless of what happened in Westchester, “flights never stopped” to other airports across the country.

“It’s like the energizer rabbit – they just kept going and going,” the source said.

In February, an average of nearly 5,900 people a day were caught crossing the southwestern border, according to the latest U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.

But last month the Department of Homeland Security said it intends to increase that number to 18,000 after removing the planned May 23 rule of federal law called Title 42, which allows for immediate deportation of older immigrants amid a state of public health emergency. Last month, the Centers for Disease Control, which implemented the policy, announced that unaccompanied minors are exempt from deportation.

Avelo Airlines flight
Avelo Airlines flight was seen carrying migrants from the Mexican border.
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One bus was traveling to the Walt Whitman service area in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
Christopher Sadowski

The White House declined to say why flights to Westchester were suspended and resumed, but said they were used to “transfer unaccompanied minors to sponsors or checked relatives with whom they would wait for the results of their immigration proceedings”.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to which DHS referred the post in response, said in a separate statement that, “It is our legal responsibility to provide safe and appropriate care to unaccompanied immigrant children while in our custody, and this includes transportation to tested sponsors while awaiting proceedings. immigration”.

No response was received from the Holo bureau.

Another report by Cali Pattson

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