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Biden admin secretly relocating 'planeloads of underage migrants' under cover of darkness: report

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The Biden administration is secretly relocating mostly teenage migrants under the cover of darkness, according to a new report.

What are the details?

The New York Post reported "planeloads of underage migrants are being flown secretly into suburban New York" as part of an effort to quietly relocate migrants.

Sources told the Post such flights — which originate in Texas, the location of the border crisis that has been ongoing since the beginning of President Joe Biden's presidency — have been underway since August.

Specifically, the Post is reporting on flights that landed at the Westchester County Airport near White Plains, New York. The airport is less than one hour away from Midtown Manhattan. The migrants are reportedly being taken to Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and small towns in upstate New York and in neighboring Connecticut.

More from the Post:

A Post analysis of online flight-tracking data suggests that around 2,000 migrants nabbed after sneaking into the US from Mexico have arrived at the airport outside White Plains on 21 flights since Aug. 8.

Records show some of the planes touched down between midnight and 6:30 a.m. — when a voluntary curfew is in effect — with two arriving from Houston at 2:13 a.m. and 4:29 a.m. on Aug. 20.

Data from Customs and Border Protection show that more than 112,000 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. between February and August. Adding the first 11 days of Biden's tenure along with September (whose data has not yet been published), it's likely that approximately 125,000 unaccompanied minors have entered the U.S. since Biden took office.

By comparison, slightly more than 130,000 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. between October 2018 to January 2021.

What are officials saying?

Before touching down in New York, however, some of the planes are making a stop in Jacksonville, Florida, which has upset Gov. Ron DeSantis.

"If the Biden Administration is so confident that their open-border policy is good for our country, why the secrecy?" DeSantis spokeswoman Christina Pushaw said. "Why is the Biden Administration refusing to share even the most basic information about illegal alien resettlement in communities throughout our state and the entire country?"

"Washington, D.C., sets immigration policies that do not affect them, and states — that lack information about migrant resettlement and do not have the authority to change federal immigration policy — are expected to bear the brunt of Biden's reckless open-borders agenda," she added.

Rob Astorino, a former Westchester County executive who is running for governor of New York, told the Post he learned of the flights from residents who told him about the planes breaking an area curfew. But the Biden administration has provided no answers, Astorino said.

"No one has explained where they're going and who they are," he told the Post. "The Biden administration is systematically spreading the southern border crisis to communities all around the country, often shrouded in secrecy and under the cloak of darkness."

Meanwhile, Catherine Cioffi, a spokeswoman for Democratic Westchester County Executive George Latimer, managed to both bash former President Donald Trump and downplay the situation.

"This is similar to when HHS, under the Trump administration, housed almost 1,000 migrant children in Westchester — without the County's prior knowledge or approval," Cioffi said. "Then, as opposed to now, there was no outcry by anyone."

The Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the Post's reporting.

"It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor," agency spokesman Jorge Silva said. "Our Office of Refugee Resettlement facilitates travel for the children in its custody to their family or sponsors across the country."

"In recent weeks, unaccompanied children passed through the Westchester airport en route to their final destination to be unified with their parents or vetted sponsor," Silva explained.

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