Mark Morgan and Thomas Homan are experts on the crisis at the southern border They both thought they had seen everything wrong with the Joe Biden Open America plan.
Even they were astonished when 14 separate families, or groups, boarded a recent American Airlines flight and struggled down the aisle past them with crammed bags at McAllen International Airport, Texas.
These “undocumented” immigrants boarding the airliner were bound for connecting flights at Dallas-Fort Worth, where they would fly to various states to be relocated.
Morgan, former commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, was traveling with Homan, former acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, when the two of them watched the parade into the plane:
By the eighth or ninth family is when I decided to take pictures, and I decided to take a video when I saw a large family with an infant child, Morgan recalled.
The migrants didn’t appear to have identification, except travel documents inside manila envelopes with flight times and final destination. One child in the video had a smartphone.
Some of the “undocumented” immigrants had masks and some did not.
All Americans – including toddlers – must wear masks on all airline flights and many families have been kicked off planes when children objected.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has extended the mask mandate for all (citizen) airline passengers until Sept. 13.
Were these American Airlines groups tested for COVID?
Maybe yes or maybe no. House Democrats blocked a bill from freshman Rep. Marianette Miller-Meeks, R-Iowa, that would have required “undocumented” aliens released into the U.S. to receive a negative COVID-19 test.
Customs and Border Protection encountered an average of some 6,000 persons every day last month at the southern border, according to the Department of Homeland Security. That equals 690,000 annually, but does not count illegal immigrants, who avoid border checkpoints and patrols.
Rep. Andrew Clyde, R-Ga., also saw a similar boarding on his flight back from a tour of the border.
On my flight, I was sitting right beside an illegal alien that had come from Guatemala with her daughter and she had this envelope that says, ‘I don’t speak English, please help me find my airplane and get on the right flight,’” Clyde said.
And now, on the other side of it was her itinerary. She was on her way to Philadelphia. I know that in one instance, the day before, someone was going to New Jersey, another person was actually going to California.
Clyde says this dispersal can make “every solitary state of the union a border state, because as these illegals come across the border, they’re farmed out to every state of the union.”
And we don’t know whether or not they have actually had a negative COVID test so that they can actually be shown to not be carrying the COVID-19 virus. …
If you come into the United States legally through a regular port of entry, you fly in, you have to show a negative COVID-19 test within three days of arrival at that port of entry, if you come in legally. But if you come in illegally, you don’t have to do that at all.
Morgan said that “these are not detention centers at the border.”
They are welcome centers where they are given free clothes, free health care, and free plane tickets, so they will be flying all over the U.S. and never be heard from again.
They go anywhere they want to go. A family comes in and, in some cases, mothers are bringing children when the father has already entered the country illegally.
They go wherever the work is. Illegal aliens get to choose. The NGOs typically ask where they would like to go, Morgan added.
All of this airline talk reminds me of the TSA at Philadelphia International in 2019, when I was removing shoes and belt, and explaining that my cardiac stents might set off the metal detector. The government enforcer looked at me and simply answered:
Shut up and do as you’re told!
But then I was just a U.S. taxpayer, nearing my 78th birthday, and apparently not entitled to polite speech, or concern from the same TSA that greets foreigners on free flights without requiring they mask.