Immigrant flights Transparency legislation | Eyewitness news

EYEWITNESS NEWS (WBRE/WYOU) — Two congressmen from the area say they will introduce legislation this week calling for transparency with federally chartered immigrant flights across the country.

Lawmakers say recent flights to Northeastern Pennsylvania have led to this legislation.

Congressmen Dan Meuser and Fred Keller say they are unhappy with the answers they are getting from federal authorities about the local flights.

As well as the whole process now put in place for immigrant flights across the country

“The American people are paying for this. It’s all tax money. I think the American people have a right to know that,” said Representative Meuser.

Congressman Dan Meuser talks about federally chartered flights with passengers overseen by federal agencies, such as:

  • Namely, the United States Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Four immigrant flights landed at Wilkes-Barre-Scranton International Airport in December.
  • The first two were diverted to Luzerne County.
  • The second two flights, on December 25, were actually supposed to land at the airport.
  • But local officials say they had a hard time getting information about the flights, such as who was on board and their final destinations.
  • The I-Team confirmed at the time that the flights were federally chartered and were carrying children and teenagers, who were being resettled in the United States.
  • We also confirmed that they have not been resettled in northeastern Pennsylvania.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) officials told Eyewitness News at the time that they were unaccompanied children and were being sent to relatives or vetted sponsors.

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