Tennessee lawmakers fuming after migrants reportedly snuck into state

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Migrant children allegedly departing from a flight at Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Tennessee lawmakers are expressing alarm after videos emerged showing airplanes quietly transporting unaccompanied illegal immigrant children into the state in the dead of night — after the state’s governor told the president last week not to bring them there.

In videos obtained by local station WRCB-TV Channel 3 Wednesday, multiple planes carrying the minors could be seen arriving at Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga in the middle of the night.

In another video posted Thursday, the children, who carried matching bags and appeared to be in their early teens, were put on buses staged on the tarmac.

In total, there were four buses.

The White House did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on the videos. Nor did the Department of Homeland Security.

Speaking to Fox News, Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) accused the Biden administration of transporting migrants in “the dead of night without the knowledge or permission of the communities involved.”

Migrant children allegedly departing from a flight at Wilson Air Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
WRCB
The children seen leaving the plane and headed to buses at the airport.
The children seen leaving the plane and headed to buses at the airport.
WRCB

A Blackburn aide told The Post that their office was “confident” that more planes were on the way.

They noted there had already been three plane arrivals in one week that they were aware of, with the most recent being spotted Wednesday morning.

Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) also fumed about the planes when reached by Fox News, saying in a statement, “I have warned for months that President Biden’s failure at the border would result in a systematic resettling of migrants in our communities, burdening our schools, hospitals, and law enforcement agencies, and bringing an increase in drug trafficking and human smuggling.

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Sen. Bill Hagerty fumed over the situation, calling it a "systematic resettling of migrants in our communities."
Sen. Bill Hagerty fumed over the situation, calling it a “systematic resettling of migrants in our communities.”
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“A new reality is happening in our country — every town is now a border town.”

Earlier this month, Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee led a group of 20 GOP governors in writing a letter to Biden to urge him to take immediate action to handle the border crisis.

“The crisis is too big to ignore and is now spilling over the border states into all of our states,” Lee and his GOP counterparts warned.

“Allowing the federal government to place a potentially unlimited number of unaccompanied migrant children into our states’ facilities for an unspecified length of time with almost zero transparency is unacceptable and unsustainable,” the group continued.

“We have neither the resources nor the obligation to solve the federal government’s problem and foot the bill for the consequences of this administration’s misguided actions.”

Sen. Marsha Blackburn accused the Biden administration of secretly allowing migrants to be transported "in the dead of night."
Sen. Marsha Blackburn accused the Biden administration of secretly allowing migrants to be transported in “the dead of night.”
EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

The Biden administration’s undoing of former President Donald Trump’s border policies has prompted a flood of Central American and Mexican illegal migrants at the US border, including thousands of unescorted children.

Central Americans looking for refuge from the Northern Triangle countries — Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras — have taken these policy moves, as well as the overwhelmingly more welcoming tone from Democrats, as a sign that Biden is inviting them to cross the border.

Insisting that the border was not facing a crisis, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in early March that the problems the agency faced should be blamed on the previous administration.

Young unaccompanied migrants watch television inside a playpen at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility on March 30, 2021.
Young unaccompanied migrants watch television inside a playpen at the US Customs and Border Protection facility on March 30, 2021.
AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, Pool, File

The data, however, overwhelmingly shows that migrants were flooding the border because they believed Biden would welcome them with open arms.

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As Mayorkas denied the existence of a crisis, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador blamed the new president for the crisis, arguing that the “expectations” he set left migrants with the perception that they would be let into the US.



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