- Advertisement -

A planeload of underage migrants is being secretly flown into suburban New York in an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region, The Post has learned.

Charter flights originate in Texas, where the ongoing border crisis has overwhelmed local immigration officials, and have been going on since at least August, according to sources familiar with the matter.


Last week, The Post spotted two planes landing at Westchester County Airport, where most of the passengers landing were children and teenagers, a small portion of whom appeared to be men in their 20s.

Immigration activists protest during Biden administration meeting: ‘Turning point’

- Advertisement -

Westchester County Police stood as passengers – whose flights arrived at 10:49 p.m. Wednesday and 9:52 p.m. Friday – alighted and piled into buses.

Some of them were later seen reuniting with relatives or sponsors in New Jersey, or abandoned in a residential facility on Long Island.

A Post analysis of online flight-tracking data shows that nearly 2,000 migrants caught after entering the US from Mexico have arrived at airports outside White Plains on 21 flights since August 8.

Records show that some planes departed Houston between midnight and 6:30 a.m. – when the voluntary curfew is in effect – at 2:13 a.m. and 4:29 a.m. on August 20.

The covert nature of the operation raises questions about how the White House is dealing with the increase in unaccompanied minors.

The most recent figures from US Customs and Border Protection show that during July and August, 37,805 minors were caught entering the US from Mexico – sometimes after being released by professional smugglers known as “coyotes”. .

Videos showed some children being dropped on the border wall or left in remote areas.

Border crisis: Video shows smuggler releasing 7-year-old migrant girl

A source familiar with operations at Westchester Airport said underage migrants usually bring backpacks and are taken to places including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, upstate Newburgh and Bridgeport and Danbury in Connecticut.

On Friday night, a bus left Westchester Airport and drove down the Hutchinson River Parkway – which is off-limits to commercial vehicles – before crossing the Throgs Neck Bridge at speeds exceeding 75 mph. From.

At around 12:30 on a Saturday, it stopped in Syosset, Long Island, on the campus of MercyFirst, a non-profit sponsored by the Catholic Sisters of Mercy that provides housing and services for “children and adolescents with social problems”. Is. on its website.

MercyFirst has a contract to supply residential services for “immigrant youth” to the federal government, according to the site.

MercyFirst CEO Renée Skolsky did not return a request for comment.

Later on Saturday, a similar scene began to play out in Jacksonville, Fla., where several flights from Texas have touched down before continuing to Westchester — and where the Post took a Boeing flight at Jacksonville International Airport shortly after 10 p.m. 737-700 saw land. .

As local police stood up, a group of 10 to 15 people wearing white baseball caps and carrying duffel bags got off the plane and boarded a charter bus near a defunct cargo terminal.

Leaked Border Patrol documents show mass release of illegal immigrants to US by Biden administration

After a two-hour ride, the group arrived at Twin Oaks Academy, a juvenile detention center in the Apalachicola National Forest near Tallahassee, at about 1 a.m. on Sunday, where staff waited to open a gate with barbed wire.

Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis expressed outrage at The Post’s findings, with a spokesman saying: “If the Biden administration is so convinced that their open border policy is good for our country, why privacy?”

“Why is the Biden administration refusing to share even the most basic information about illegal alien resettlement in communities throughout our state and across the country?” spokeswoman Christina Pusa said.

“Washington DC sets immigration policies that do not affect them, and states – which lack information on migrant resettlement and do not have the authority to change federal immigration policy – ​​call on Biden’s reckless open borders agenda.” Expect to bear the brunt.”

On Wednesday, The Post spotted two buses carrying about 100 passengers from Westchester Airport, arriving on a McDonnell Douglas MD-83.

A bus stopped at the Thomas Edison Service Area of ​​the New Jersey Turnpike in Woodbridge, where migrants disembarked at around 12:45 a.m. Thursday.

Over the next two hours, they were driven into cars by people they met there – without revealing their identity to officials overseeing the operation.

Officials battling crisis on the border, the number of communities is increasing, migrants

A woman who lived near the airport told The Post on Monday that a flight arrived there “about 3 or 4” that morning and “it was shaking the house” and woke her 8-month-old.

“He’s been waking up around 2, 3, 4 last month because of the noise,” she said.

“I’m used to regular airport noise but these planes or jets sound different. Less, more bass. And they’re coming in the middle of the night!”

The neighbor also said that she “can see the airport all over me” and has noticed “some buses that hang ‘out of service'” that are not normal county buses or airport shuttles.

And she said the airport has been “darker than usual” overnight recently.

“I liked the way it looked like a small town – the blue and white lights,” she said.

“But since the middle of this summer, except for one or two of them at the top of the Flexjet hangar, they’re all closed … I guess you can’t see what’s going on.”

Sen Blackburn tours border, says crisis ‘cannot continue’ as she bids to move on

Former Westchester County executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, said he learned about the flights from citizens troubled by violations of the voluntary curfew.

Astorino said smaller planes apparently started arriving in April, when he said flights were not “as frequent”.

When Astorino held a news conference at the airport on 16 August, he said, a flight brought passengers who boarded a bus that came close to the airport and partially blocked the view of the people on board. done.

Astorino said he saw at least 50 to 75 migrants, most of whom were men over the age of 20.

“No one has told where they are going and who they are,” he said.

“The Biden administration is systematically spreading the southern border crisis to communities across the country, often shrouded in secrecy and under cover of darkness.”

Meanwhile, a spokesman for Democratic Westchester County Executive George Latimer tried to downplay the situation as “nothing new.”

“This is similar to when HHS under the Trump administration placed about 1,000 migrant children in Westchester—without the county’s prior knowledge or approval,” spokeswoman Katherine Cioffi said in a written statement.

“Then, unlike now, there was no outrage by anyone.”

The White House insisted on Monday that flights only carry children and adolescents, and the US Department of Health and Human Services said, “We have a legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children, as long as they are not accompanied by a parent or child.” Cannot be rapidly integrated with a sponsored sponsor.”

“Our Office of Refugee Resettlement provides travel facilities for children in the custody of their families or sponsors across the country,” said HHS spokesman Jorge Silva.

“In recent weeks, lonely children walked through Westchester Airport to reunite with their parents or vetted sponsor on the way to their final destination.”