More Planes Full of Illegal Immigrants Land in US
At least five flights carrying illegal immigrants have recently landed in Pennsylvania, with a gubernatorial candidate alleging that the most recent “ghost flight” was flown in secret.
Former congressman Lou Barletta (R) says the Biden administration sent a World Atlantic Airlines flight with undocumented migrants aboard to the Lehigh Valley International Airport (LVIA) last week in “the hope that no one would notice.”
The Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor released a press statement, saying that other “secret charter flights” carrying illegal immigrants had previously landed in Scranton in the past few weeks.
“The incredible secrecy and disregard for Pennsylvanians continues,” Barletta said. “First, we had to discover for ourselves that illegal immigrants were being shipped into Northeast Pennsylvania on at least four flights. But then when people demanded information, the flights were shifted to the Lehigh Valley and they just hoped no one would notice. While the Biden administration is playing games with the safety of Pennsylvanians, Gov. Tom Wolf and Attorney General Josh Shapiro are just throwing up their hands and saying it’s not their problem.”
However, Rep. Matt Cartwright (D-PA) denied the flights were conducted in secret, saying that the US Department of Health and Human Services had authorized them. According to the local outlet WFMZ, Cartwright said the flights carried unaccompanied migrant children, who were then bussed to their parents or approved sponsors.
The LVIA confirmed that it had received charter flights from the DHS and could see additional flights in the future.
“Under grant assurances with the Federal Aviation Administration and as a federally-obligated public use airport, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority does not have the ability to discriminate against any aeronautical activity by refusing or denying aircraft from arriving or departing Lehigh Valley International Airport,” the LVIA said in a statement.
Still, Barletta says it’s impossible to determine the age of everyone on the flights. He cited a recent incident in Florida, wherein a refugee who claimed to be 17-years-old turned out to be a 24-year-old homicide suspect.