SCRANTON, PA – A recent report from The National Pulse details a concerning practice that was purportedly launched in December and is still ongoing – with alleged “ghost flights” harboring illegal immigrants that are being flown into Pennsylvania.
For those unaware, a “ghost flight” often describes a chartered flight that may come in at the dead of night, typically missing (or simply made unavailable) any sort of passenger manifest – and there has allegedly been a series of such carrying illegal immigrants, many of which minors, being flown into Scranton International Airport.
These ghost flights have occurred at least three times already in December, respectively on the 7th, 11th, and 25th – which another ghost flight is expected to be coming in on December 30th.
Said flights are suspected to have originated from Texas, with Aviation Technologies Inc. President Jim Gallagher noting that some of the flights have also made stops in Cincinnati. Gallagher said that many of the passengers who disembarked didn’t speak English and many appeared to have been children, with passengers later boarding buses that were parked near the hangars at the airport.
Republican Rep. Dan Meuser is among those concerned about the reports around said clandestine practices, having recently sent a letter to ICE director Tae Johnson and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas about the matter.
“It is my understanding that a total of 130 immigrants, 118 minors and 12 adults, arrived aboard an iAero charter flight on Friday, Dec. 17, and were subsequently transported on buses from a private hangar. This flight seems to have occurred without airport officials receiving notice or a passenger manifest.”
Rep. Meuser noted in his letter that “The lack of communication and transparency surrounding this process is unacceptable” and that he needs answers to address the concerns of his constituents in Pennsylvania.
“Your agency failed to notify me or any other local officials of these activities, leaving us unable to answer the concerns of constituents in the communities we represent. Pennsylvanians deserve to know about these decisions affecting their community.”
Among some of the questions Rep. Meuser wants answered by officials are whether a proper system is in place for monitoring these illegal immigrants released into the community, if they’re being tested for COVID, are criminal background checks being run, and if the minors aboard the ghost flights are being reunited with family members.
But outside of demanding answers from officials over this secretive practice, Rep. Meuser concluded in his letter that he ultimately wants the practice to cease immediately.
“I am calling on you and President Biden to immediately end this irresponsible practice in northeast Pennsylvania and throughout the country. The Biden Administration has failed to secure the southern border and encouraged the mass migration that has been occurring for months.
It is unconscionable that such policies have proceeded amid a global pandemic, economic crisis, and epidemic drug abuse to which an open border certainly contributes. This mismanagement is now directly impacting the people I represent, and I expect you will provide me the answers I need to address my constituents’ concerns.”