Joe Biden’s administration is reported to be “secretly” transporting unaccompanied migrant children to Tennessee in the middle of the night and then taking them to other cities, reported Fox News.
According to local media 3WRCB, the minors arrived at Wilson Air Center airport in Chattanooga on night flights.
Faced with such an irregular situation, Tennessee state legislators are asking for explanations.
Senator Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, said in a statement to Fox News that the transport of migrants is taking place in “the dark of night without the knowledge or permission of the communities involved.”
Video shared by WRCB shows groups of between 30 and 50 children walking from planes at 1.30 am Friday and again Saturday night.
The media outlet confirmed that two other groups of migrant children arrived in Tennessee on Friday afternoon and at 1:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.
— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) May 20, 2021
The young people then boarded the buses, which were placed on the track. Two of the four buses seen in the video are owned by Coast to Coast Tours of East Point, Georgia.
Based on what is seen in the video, the migrants appear to be children and teenagers, and all are carrying their carry-on luggage.
WRCB reported that they obtained videos of at least four flights that arrived in the early morning hours between last Friday and Wednesday.
Similarly, WRCB noted that a source with direct knowledge of the operation who asked to remain anonymous reported that “approximately 30 to 50 minors are being transported at a time, some to join relatives and others to go to group homes.”
The source added that the operation began in Dallas, Texas, but recently moved to small airports to avoid attention.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), who was allegedly in charge of the transfer of the minors, did not respond to questions sent by the media.
State lawmakers are assessing the situation as a symptom of the Biden administration’s poor policies and consequent failure to control the flow of migrants at the border, which has now put their communities at risk.
Tennessee’s congressional representatives issued strong words Thursday, May 20, against the Biden administration and described the transfer of unaccompanied migrants as a “lack of transparency.”
Specifically, Republican Senators Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee, along with U.S. Representative Chuck Fleischmann, R-Ooltewah, sent a letter to the secretaries of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Homeland Security saying the lawmakers are deeply concerned about the lack of transparency and accountability regarding the conditions to which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is subjecting children.
What is the Biden Administration hiding with regard to unaccompanied migrant children? Are they being brought to Chattanooga? Other parts of Tennessee? Tennesseans deserve to know, and @MarshaBlackburn, @RepChuck, and I are fighting to get answers. pic.twitter.com/TPMsUPHi2v
— Senator Bill Hagerty (@SenatorHagerty) May 21, 2021
“There are media reports that, within the last week, at least four planes carrying [unaccompanied children] landed at Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, before swiftly boarding the children onto buses and transporting them to multiple cities across the southeastern United States for apparent resettlement, with zero transparency regarding what was happening,” the letter reads.
The letter from Blackburn, Hagerty, and Fleischmann requests further information and a report from the two secretaries.
“The citizens of Tennessee are entitled to more information,” the letter reads. “After all, their schools, hospitals and law enforcement agencies will bear the burden of this reported resettlement, which is the product of an ongoing border crisis that is making every town a border town.”
For his part, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee led approximately 20 other Republican governors in sending a letter to the Biden administration calling for action on the southern border, noting that the immigration crisis was spreading to many U.S. states.
The crisis at our border is too big to ignore, and it's spilling into ALL of our states. I have led a joint letter with fellow Republican governors urging the Biden Administration to take immediate action at America's southern border. pic.twitter.com/9Igedxj9qr
— Gov. Bill Lee (@GovBillLee) May 11, 2021
“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 to Fox News. “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.”
While the Biden administration has been talking about decreasing the number of migrant children in U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities, as of last week, the number of children in HHS custody was more than 20,000, according to reports.