Tom Suozzi blasts White House over secret migrant flights

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A New York Democrat demanded answers from the Biden White House on Tuesday about the underage migrants being secretly slipped into his district — after finding out about the situation from The Post.

Rep. Tom Suozzi, whose district includes parts of Long Island and Queens, said he was “very angry and frustrated that I wasn’t advised ahead of time.”

“Y’know, I first learned about it from The Post!” he said.

“I’ve been talking to the administration for six months. I said, ‘I want you to tell us, how many kids are coming to our area? What schools they are going to?’ And they haven’t given us detailed information yet.”

Suozzi also read from a Tuesday letter to President Biden, saying, “As of June 2021, the Office of Refugee Resettlement has reported 2,494 unaccompanied minors have been relocated to Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties.”

Suozzi’s remarks followed an exclusive Post report that revealed how Biden’s administration has been flying planeloads of unaccompanied minors from Texas to airports in Westchester County and Jacksonville, Fla.

Last week, The Post watched three charter jets land at night and saw some of the kids bussed to the Syosset campus of MercyFirst, a nonprofit sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy.

U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi, D-N.Y
Rep. Tom Suozzi said he was frustrated by not knowing about the flights ahead of The Post’s coverage.
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The organization has a contract to supply the federal government with residential services for “immigrant youth,” according to its website.

Suozzi, who held a news conference outside the entrance to the MercyFirst site, said there were “less than 100 people in this facility: 50 of them related to immigration, the rest are child welfare cases.”

“And within 40 or 50 days they are relocated here on Long Island or other places in the country,” he said of the migrants.

A MercyFirst spokesman declined to comment and referred The Post to the US Department of Health and Human Service, where a spokeswoman didn’t answer calls or have working voicemail.

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.
Immigrants getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY, on Oct. 15, 2021.
Christopher Sadowski
Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021.
Rep. Andrew Garbarino has also called for “transparency” from the Biden administration.
Christopher Sadowski

Suozzi said he spoke earlier in the day with Deputy HHS Secretary Andrea Palm, who “said they don’t want to use commercial planes because of COVID issues, because of safety issues, so they started chartering planes.”

Suozzi said he also brought up the “big problem” that Long Island has had with violent crimes tied to the MS-13 gang, which was founded by immigrants from El Salvador.

“Kids that are identified as being affiliated with gangs, have markings or any kind of indications that they are in gangs, are not allowed to come to these facilities,” Suozzi said.

“They are sent to supervised facilities, not anywhere in the northeast.”

On Saturday night, The Post saw a group of 10 to 15 people wearing matching white baseball caps and carrying duffel bags get off a plane in Jacksonville and be driven by bus to a juvenile detention center about two hours away.

Immigrants from the southern border getting off a World Atlantic Airlines airplane and boarding charter buses at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY on October 15, 2021. The flights have reportedly been happening recently as the Biden Administration has been allowing illegal immigrants to stay in the county instead of deporting them.
Suozzi lamented about not having details about the migrants and where they’re going once they’re in NY.
Christopher Sadowski

Another US representative from Long Island, Republican Andrew Garbarino, sent Biden a letter that said, “This attempt by your administration to quietly transport unaccompanied minors in the dead of night is unconscionable.”

“On behalf of my constituents, I demand transparency from your administration about the placement of migrants in New York and across our country,” he wrote.

“All Americans deserve to know how your mismanaged border policies will impact each of our communities.”

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