Sheriffs from border counties are criticizing the Biden administration after reports surfaced of “secret flights” happening for illegal immigrants that are being done by government contractors. These border sheriffs are calling this “government-sanctioned human trafficking.
This week, according to Fox News, the Enforcement and Removal Operations of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement have become an “unofficial travel coordination agency,” and its agents have been made to organize travel for illegal immigrants with criminal records.
According to an ICE Source, the agency is now letting migrants with misdemeanor crimes, such as assault, drug possession, DUI, and illegal re-entry, into the country. It is only withholding people with serious felonies.
The Biden Administration is transporting illegal immigrants under the cover of night to New York.
Joe Biden’s failed border policies have made every state a border state.https://t.co/83WGrtH1kt
— Rep. Elise Stefanik (@RepStefanik) January 27, 2022
Also, the news outlet released footage on Sunday, showing multiple federally contracted buses dropping up a group of mostly male migrants to a parking garage in Brownsville, Texas, after it crossed a border transporting a cartel smuggler. According to the migrants, they were going to destinations like Miami, Houston, and Atlanta.
Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County, Arizona, told Fox News Digital that what’s happening is “willful neglect” by the current administration, and it’s making the country vulnerable to being exploited by criminals.
“These covert transports only serves a political ideology by this administration that erodes the trust of Americans. This ‘willful’ neglect leaves our border communities and country vulnerable and exposed to criminal exploitation by violent criminal cartels,” Dannels said.
“In my 37 years of law enforcement service, I have never experienced this form of non-collective messaging and defiance regarding our rule of law by our federal leaders and members of U.S. Congress who share the same oath of office to protect Americans and this great nation! I stand united with my fellow Sheriffs who uphold their oath of office in enforcing the rule of law and protecting our communities,” he went on to say.
Meanwhile, Sheriff A.J. Louderback of Jackson County, Texas, mentioned that the situation is “beyond serious.” He said there needs to be a probe into what’s happening, which he described is a “government-sanctioned human trafficking.”
“[This is] beyond serious – been occurring for months – only getting worse,” said Louderback. “[It’s] government-sanctioned human trafficking. This is all Biden policy! The have engineered planned, strategize, and implemented the largest organized transfer of illegal immigrants into the U.S. at the taxpayer expense. CRIMINAL BETRAYAL! Investigation immediate!y!” Louderback said in a statement.
The White House denied that “secret flights” are being granted to immigrants.
According to a White House official via a statement, people who aren’t expelled under Title 42 are relocated into the country and monitored using an ankle bracelet or similar technology. Additionally, 80% of illegal migrants who are released from DHS custody are given a Notice to Appear and are asked to check in at a local ICE office.
The official then goes on to say: “Separately – there are no such things as secret flights. The video footage your network has been running endlessly is from six months ago in August. Which by the way, Jen [Psaki] and others in the administration addressed this then too. Not new or news. The footage is of unaccompanied minors being transported. Either to a vetted relative or two a sponsor, and yes they passed through Westchester County, NY en route to their final destination.”
The White House official added that: “It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor. As part of the unification process, the Office of Refugee Resettlement facilitates travel for the children in its custody to their family or sponsors across the country.”
“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) focuses its civil immigration enforcement priorities on the apprehension and removal of noncitizens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security,” a spokesperson for Ice revealed to Fox News Digital.
“Noncitizens processed under Title 8 are evaluated for a custodial determination based on their immigration and criminal background, applicable sections of law, and established processing criteria. Individuals deemed suitable for release are released in coordination with local partners and are subject to reporting requirements associated with their immigration proceedings,” the source continued.
In December 2021, around 178,000 encounters with illegal immigrants have been recorded. It ends a year in which, at some point, recorded 212,000 encounters a month during the border crisis.
178,000 illegal immigrants at the southern border in December 2021.
That’s enough to fill up Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati nearly three times.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 26, 2022