The Biden administration doesn’t want media attention on illegal immigration, its open border policies, or the results of those policies. How do we know? A security officer just said so, in an explosive video of secretive, dark-of-night flights transporting illegal immigrants to various points throughout the US.
This video merits coast-to-coast media coverage, not just to expose the administration’s stealth operations that flout the laws, but to encourage Americans and leaders at all levels of government to demand that the administration start protecting our border, our country, and our citizens.
The list of lies administration officials have told regarding their handling of illegal immigration is extensive and still growing. How many times have they refused to call the historic numbers of illegal immigrants crossing the southern border a “crisis” or implausibly claimed the border is “closed”?
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas grossly pushed the false racist narrative that Border Patrol agents on horseback mistreated migrants attempting to illegally enter during the Del Rio International Bridge episode. Biden’s Federal Aviation Administration made up a ridiculous drone ban, prohibiting Fox News from showing any more footage of the thousands of mostly Haitian illegal immigrants amassing under that bridge. (The FAA rescinded the ban after reporter Bill Melugin continued filming the Del Rio crisis from a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter.)
Over the last several months, night flights of illegal migrants have been periodically reported in places such as Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. In each instance, state and local officials received no notice they were coming, let alone given an option to refuse them admission. The administration has no apparent concern with how these “air lifts” may burden local officials with additional costs and facilities capacity in areas such as education, housing, healthcare and law enforcement.
When asked why the administration was flying illegal immigrants in the middle of the night, press secretary Jen Psaki belittled the reporter and then lied. She claimed that the flights were resetting unaccompanied children. Yet videos of these surreptitious flights clearly show full grown adults emerging from the planes. At best, this is lying by omission.
Videos posted this week reveal more lies by the Administration. They show streams of adult males being released in Brownsville and San Antonio, Texas. This reportedly has been occurring since last spring. Some are known to have criminal records, including drunk driving, assault, and drug possession. Yet Biden officials have stated that only family units and unaccompanied alien children are being released, not single adults.
By law, Mexican males are usually subject to Expedited Removal to quickly return them over the border. If they are from a non-contiguous country, Immigration and Customs Enforcement usually detains them because they are not subject to the arbitrary 20-day Flores detention rule applied to families and unaccompanied children.
Releasing single adult males is a game ender for trying to enforce immigration law. Releasing this population means all demographics of illegal immigrants are now being released — whether single or a family, young or old. By failing to detain or remove single adult males, the Administration has removed the last disincentive to illegal immigration. Smugglers will market this and enrich themselves even beyond the billions they’ve already made since Biden took office.
Single adult males are the easiest group for terrorists to hide among as large numbers are released into the US Historically, single adult males made up the largest number of illegal immigrants entering the US. Now, we can expect those numbers to balloon once again.
The Biden administration calls their immigration approach “fair, orderly, and humane.” But if they are so proud of their policies and their practice of processing so many “non-citizens” into the US, why do it under the darkness of night? And why lie about it?
This Administration tells us not to believe our lying eyes. Americans need to open their eyes, watch the video, and demand that Washington secure our borders NOW.
Lora Ries is The Heritage Foundation’s senior research fellow for homeland security and former acting deputy chief of staff at the Department of Homeland Security. Mark Morgan is a visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation and former acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.