President Joe Biden flew more than 70 secret, overnight flights full of migrant children into Florida over the past few months, according to Gov. Ron DeSantis’s office.
“Over 70 air charter flights [on] jetliner airliners coming from the southwest border have landed at Jacksonville International Airport,” Larry Keefe, DeSantis’s public safety czar, said, according to the Washington Examiner.
“On average, there’s 36 passengers on each of these flights,” Keefe said. “And that has been going on over the course of the summer through September.”
Keefe said Biden administration officials have refused to disclose any information about the mystery flights to DeSantis’s office, so the governor’s team has had to piece together all the information themselves. However, they still do not know who is overseeing the flights, the names of the migrants being transported, and where they are being taken.
“We’re in a sad situation of trying to run an investigation,” Keefe said. “Who is facilitating this travel? How are they getting here? Who are the support people? Who are the sponsors?”
It is also not clear why exactly Biden officials chose Jacksonville as the destination.
“We don’t know definitively or specifically as to why Jacksonville is the chosen place,” Keefe said. “[We’re] having to watch and observe — in effect, spy on the government to see what it is that they’re doing in the middle of the night out of these airport facilities.”
Similar secret flights have been reported in other parts of the country, including in Kentucky and New York. The New York Post projected that up to 2,000 children have been smuggled into New York thus far.
The White House admitted that it has been orchestrating these flights, but remained unapologetic about the issue.
“It is our legal responsibility to safely care for unaccompanied children until they can be swiftly unified with a parent or a vetted sponsor. And that’s something we take seriously,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last month.