The White House is saying there is ‘no such thing as secret flights’ about bodycam footage showing, well, secret flights. Through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA) by former Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, footage was obtained showing migrants being transported on charter flights in the middle of the night.
The story first unfolded in October when the New York Post captured video of the charters at the airport in White Plains, New York. The flights arrived from areas near the southern border such as McAllen, Texas and Houston, Texas.
The flights “only stopped after the outlet captured footage of the landings in October” reports Fox News. The White House, however, claims not only that it’s “not news” but also that the “not news” is “not new.”
“There are no such things as secret flights” a White House official responded to Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy. “The video footage your network has been running endlessly is from six months ago in August. Which by the way, Jen [Psaki] and others in the administration addressed this then too, Not new or news.”
The White House claimed “the footage is of unaccompanied minors being transported…either to a vetted relative or [to] a sponsor, and yes they passed through Westchester County, New York men route to their final destination.”
On the recorded footage released from an officer’s body camera on the tarmac of the Westchester airport on August 13, 2021, a federal contractor can be heard saying, “the government is betraying the American people.”
In the 51-minutes of footage, Westchester Police Sgt. Michael Hamborsky is “peppering federal contractors early in the morning with questions about the after-hours flights and why local police were not provided details” reports Fox News.
“You’re on a secure facility here; we really don’t know anything and we’re in charge of security…this is anti all our security stuff” Hamborsky tells a contractor.
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The first month of 2023 at the southern border is already looking bleak; just take a look at the numbers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso, Texas have seized over 500 pounds of hard drugs in January alone.
Additionally, the agency apprehended 62 people they were able to identify as having outstanding arrest warrants. Among the criminals were sex offenders.
The devastating numbers are not surprising, given that in December, the El Paso mayor declared a sate of emergency “after record numbers of people were released onto city streets and sidewalks by the Biden administration” reports The Center Square.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott also “sent 400 National Guard troops to restore order and provide humanitarian assistance” adds the media outlet. Border Patrol data showed in December, 55,766 illegal foreign nationals were apprehended in the El Paso Sector.
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