4 Keys to Understanding How Illegal Immigrants Fly to New Homes in America

Article author: 
Fred Lucas
Article publisher: 
Daily Signal
Article date: 
24 June 2021
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

Two Republican governors are calling for the Senate to investigate why the Biden administration hasn’t notified state and local governments before transporting illegal immigrants to their jurisdictions and releasing them there....

The Daily Signal reported April 30 that the Biden administration has ramped up transporting illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] —adults as well as unaccompanied minors—from the southern border region to other locations in the United States. 

1. Who Authorizes Flights for Adults?
The Department of Homeland Security now releases illegal immigrants to nonprofit groups that provide documents in manila folders for airport personnel to process. 
However, some of the flights relocating illegal immigrants to a desired U.S. location are handled directly by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE Air Operations.  
U.S. Customs and Border Protection, another agency within the Department of Homeland Security, generally provides certain documents to illegal immigrants [illegal aliens] to get through airport security for flights arranged by nongovernmental organizations....
2. Who Authorizes Flights for Minors?
When unaccompanied minors who cross into the U.S. are flown elsewhere by government action, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement, or ORR, arranges the government-chartered flights....
The most recent available HHS data, spanning October 2020 to April 2021, breaks down the number of unaccompanied children flown to specific states after they cross into the U.S. from Mexico. 
Texas, a border state, had the largest share with 3,904 children; followed by 2,845 in Florida; 2,700 in California; and 2,323 in New York. 
Over those six months, the only other states to receive more than 1,000 unaccompanied minors who have sponsors were Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. 
During the same stretch, the government flew 163 unaccompanied minors to Iowa....
4. Are These Illegal Immigrants Tested for COVID-19? ... CE did not respond to a question from The Daily Signal about whether adult illegal immigrants or families processed by that agency are tested for COVID-19 before being put on commercial flights.