Lawmakers from Tennessee are sounding the alarm after reports the Biden administration has been flying unaccompanied minors into the state in the middle of the night without their knowledge.
The White House is transporting migrants into an airport in Chattanooga from where they are bused to cities within the Southeast.
Senator Marsha Blackburn said in a statement the transportation of migrants is taking place in “the dead of night without the knowledge or permission of the communities involved.”
Lawmakers in the state are characterizing the situation as a symptom of the Biden administration’s policies and pursuant failure to control the flow of migrants at the border, which has now put their communities at risk.
Senator Bill Hagerty said his residents deserve answers from the administration.
“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,” Hagerty said. “A new reality is happening in our country—every town is now a border town.”
Blackburn said Biden has not only put these children at risk, but he is also putting Tennesseans at risk as she, too, demanded answers.
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee led roughly 20 other Republican governors in sending a letter to the Biden administration calling for action at the southern border, noting that the immigration crisis was spilling over into many U.S. states.
“The Biden Administration refuses to secure the border and is instead scattering unaccompanied kids all over the country with no regard for the consequences,” Lee said in a statement. “When we push back and demand answers, they cut off transparency and embolden one of the worst human trafficking crises we’ve seen at our border in the last 20 years.”