As the federal government scrambles to lodge illegal immigrants, dozens of lodge Republicans, backed by the Transportation Committee chair, demanding Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg end airport housing of migrants.
Reports show Elise Stefanik, House Republican Conference Chairwoman, Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Sam Graves, Representative Anthony D’Esposito( R-NY), and Garret Graves, Aviation Subcommittee Chairman, along with 66 other House Republicans, wrote to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg opposing airport migrant housing.
In August, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wrote to New York requesting 11 federal facilities in New York and surrounding to accommodate refugees during a huge migrant influx, including airports.
According to a report, Atlantic City Airport in New Jersey was one of them. Massena International Airport, a U.S./Canada border crossing, was included. JFK airport also offered a hangar.
Hundreds of illegal aliens have been accommodated inside Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and politicians say communities worry about similar movements at local airports.
The senators argue there is no consideration for security issues in sheltering migrants at airports, which must have FAA approval before being utilized for non-aeronautical purposes.
Republicans have faulted the Biden administration for the problem and urged it to shift direction while proposing border security improvements to substantially curb interior releases.
Meanwhile, Mexican federal and municipal police in Mexico City have begun busing migrants to the south. After failing to stop the increasing amount of migrants heading north, the US and Mexico have faced significant congestion.
Reports show that in recent days, Mexico’s National Migration Institute (INM) and local police started gathering up Caribbean migrants and Central Americans in Mexico City neighborhoods and sending them to Tabasco. Police released them at times without communication or possessions.
The raids follow a sharp increase in migrants in Mexico City. INM authorities who requested anonymity estimated that over 5,000 migrants had arrived, forcing most migrants to camp on the sidewalks in unhygienic circumstances.