Tennessee lawmakers have learned that Biden and his admin have been flying unaccompanied minors into the state in the middle of the night without their knowledge.
According to a recent report, the Biden administration is flying illegal immigrant children to Chattanooga, Tennessee, whereupon they are dispatched to cities across the Southeastern United States.
“Channel 3 obtained video of one of those planes arriving Friday, May 14 shortly before 1:30 a.m.,” WRCB reported. “A second video, shared with Channel 3, shows more children arriving late Saturday night. According to the source who provided the video, a third plane carrying children arrived Friday afternoon. Flight records confirm that a fourth plane arrived early Wednesday morning, May 19.”
That news has prompted Tennessee legislators, including both of the state’s U.S. senators and its governor, to express outrage at the federal government.
WRCB stated that the children who arrived in Chattanooga boarded buses directly on the runway. Two of the buses are reportedly owned by Coast to Coast Tours of East Point, Georgia.
A Coast-to-Coast employee told WRCB that the company had a contract with the United States Department of Defense and had previously traveled to Mobile, Alabama, and Atlanta, Georgia, to transport children. The employee further said the two Coast-to-Coast buses were headed for Miami, Florida, and Dallas, Texas.
Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee said in a statement to Fox News that the transportation of migrants is taking place in “the dead of night without the knowledge or permission of the communities involved.”
Lawmakers in the state are characterizing the situation as a symptom of the Biden administration’s policies and pursuant failure to control the flow of migrants at the border, which has now put their communities at risk.
Tennessee’s other Sen. Republican Bill Hagerty, said in a statement that his residents deserve answers from the administration.
“I have warned for months that President Biden’s failure at the border would result in a systematic resettling of migrants in our communities, burdening our schools, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies, and bringing an increase in drug trafficking and human smuggling,” Hagerty said.
“A new reality is happening in our country—every town is now a border town.”
Blackburn said Biden has not only put these children at risk, but he is also putting Tennesseans at risk as she, too, demanded answers.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee led roughly 20 other Republican governors in sending a letter to the Biden administration calling for action at the southern border, noting that the immigration crisis was spilling over into many U.S. states.
“The Biden Administration refuses to secure the border and is instead scattering unaccompanied kids all over the country with no regard for the consequences,” Lee said in a statement. “When we push back and demand answers, they cut off transparency and embolden one of the worst human trafficking crises we’ve seen at our border in the last 20 years.”
As previously reported by Fox News, the administration has been talking about fostering a decrease in the number of migrant children in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities. However, as of last week, the number of children in HHS custody was more than 20,000.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said encounters at the border have declined to about 1,830 people per day but noted that a “fairly high” number of migrant children were still coming across.
Author: Phil Klein