Raheem Kassam and Kay Smythe, National Pulse, December 27, 2021
Chartered jets carrying mostly minor-age, illegal immigrants into Scranton, Pennsylvania have attracted the attention of leading conservative lawmakers in the state, The National Pulse can reveal.
Congressman Dan Meuser as well as gubernatorial candidate Lou Barletta have urged immigration authorities as well as Governor Tom Wolf to explain what one source told The National Pulse were “ghost flights” into Scranton International Airport over the course of December.
The term “ghost flight” was used to describe the secretive nature of the flights, some of which arrived at night, without passenger manifests being made available.
Beginning on December 11th and set to conclude on December 30th, hundreds of what are believed to be underage, illegal immigrants have been flown into the Pennsylvania by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The flights are believed to have originated in Texas, with some stopping in Cincinnati, according to Jim Gallagher, president of Aviation Technologies Inc., the airport’s fixed-base operator.
Gallagher told local news outlets that he saw mostly young people who did not speak English disembark from the planes and get on buses parked near the airport hangars.
KaiserAir, iAero and World Atlantic Airlines handled the flights, which Gallagher called “ICE flights.”
“We don’t know their status,” Gallagher added. “It seems that all of the vetting should take place at the border, but it appears that there isn’t much transparency there. More information needs to be provided. There needs to be more control.”
In a letter to ICE director Tae Johnson and Homeland Security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Rep. Meuser demanded answers: