Not only is the Biden administration looking to pay $450,000 to illegal immigrants separated at the border, but they are also reportedly flying illegal immigrants to various states in the dead of night. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis vowed to challenge Biden’s “reckless” and “deadly” open border policies after an illegal immigrant posing as a minor made his way from Texas to Jacksonville and allegedly murdered Francisco Javier Cuellar, a father of four. Exactly how the 24-year-old Honduran immigrant arrived in Texas remains unknown, but chartered flights coordinated by the Biden administration include Jacksonville, Florida as one of several destination cities.
The New York Post revealed last month that flights leaving Texas overnight are sending planeloads of illegal immigrants from the border to various U.S. cities, ostensibly as “an effort by President Biden’s administration to quietly resettle them across the region.” In response to the seemingly clandestine nature of these flights, a spokesperson for the Florida Governor’s office asked, “If the Biden Administration is so confident that their open-border policy is good for our country, why the secrecy?” Fox News’ Peter Doocy pressed Jen Psaki last month on the middle of the night flights to Florida and New Jersey. The White House Press Secretary refused to identify 2:30 am flights as “middle of the night,” choosing instead to call them “early flights.”
The American public still lacks a legitimate explanation for the administration’s secretive flights, and four Florida children now find themselves without a father, with Biden’s “catch-and-release” immigration policy largely to blame. DeSantis told the Post, “If not for the Biden Administration’s unlawful ‘catch and release’ policy, Mr. Cuellar would still be alive today.” According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, criminal noncitizen arrests (individuals convicted of one or more crimes prior to “interdiction” with Border Patrol) are up from 2,438 in fiscal year 2020 to a whopping 10,763 in fiscal year 2021.
Permissive border policies fail to prioritize the safety of Americans and only serve to reward those who disregard the law. It now seems left to the determination of state leaders to seek redress of careless policies and to protect their citizens.