(TheDailyHorn.com) – Last summer, the media caught the Biden administration flying illegal immigrants from the southern border to Florida and New York under the cover of night. Since then, it’s been an ongoing issue for the administration. According to some reports, the administration has quietly sent 70 flights to Jacksonville, Florida, and dozens of charter flights to Westchester, New York.
Now, the administration is at it again. On Tuesday, January 4, another flight full of unaccompanied minors secretly landed in Pennsylvania. Authorities say they sent the children to be with their parents or approved sponsors. It’s unknown how many planes the administration contracted to perform the transfer. Still, many are asking why the government is moving so many unaccompanied children around the country.
Why Is the Government Flying Unaccompanied Minors Around the Country?
One could argue that President Joe Biden created the influx of illegal immigrants after lofty promises were made on the campaign trail in 2020. Biden often tried to scold former President Donald Trump about illegal immigration policies, even though they seemed to be curtailing the problem. As an open borders president, Biden reversed Trump’s policies. Unaccompanied minors soon made up a sizable portion of the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
Of all the problems presented to the last three US presidents regarding illegal immigration, unaccompanied minors are the most complex. Unlike adult immigrants, unaccompanied children can’t work or take care of themselves. Upon entering the US, they must be fed, housed, and educated.
According to the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has 72 hours from the time of apprehension to place unaccompanied minors in the care of the Office of Refugee Resettlement. In some instances, it can take up to two years to resolve an asylum claim for a minor. During that time, the government tries to place the children with a family member, family friend, or an approved sponsor. In many instances, the government places the children in a government-approved shelter or foster home.
It may be possible that the government is shipping the unaccompanied minors to the Northeast to match them with relatives, sponsors, or foster care agencies in accordance with the law. The question is, why all the secrecy?
Are Adults Mixed in With the Children?
It’s impossible to know for sure. According to Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA), on December 17, a flight arrived at the Wilkes-Barre Scranton International Airport. On it was 118 minors and 12 adults. They were bused to a private hanger after landing, and we don’t know where they ended up thereafter.
Perhaps the problem with the flights, which are legal, is that the administration is being quiet about them and the details of where the adult and unaccompanied migrants are going after the planes reach their destinations.
Full transparency and an explanation of the legal requirements may help alleviate many concerns.
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