DHS under fire: FOIA request exposes covert operations to move illegal migrants from border to other states

DHS under fire: FOIA request exposes covert operations to move illegal migrants from border to other states
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A former Westchester (NY) County Executive exposed covert operations used by DHS to relocate illegal migrants from southern border states to other parts of the country. A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request produced video proof that the Biden administration does not want Americans to know about it.


The former county executive, Rob Astorino, is currently running as a Republican candidate for the governor of New York. He appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show on Wednesday night. The video footage that was run during his segment shows a plane on the tarmac of a Westchester, New York airport in August 2021. The flight landed during the night. A Westchester County police officer recorded a conversation with a federal contractor on his body camera. The video shows proof of a secret charter flight used to transport illegal migrants from the southern border to New York.

“The government is betraying the American people,” said the federal contractor

“Our government is completely out of control right now. They have lied to us. They’ve lied to the American people,” Astorino, who is running as a Republican for the governor of New York, said Wednesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

Astorino said he personally saw the migrants being put on a bus to a Costco, where they were “then released into cars into the community.”

The 51-minute footage of the August incident shows Westchester Police Sgt. Michael Hamborsky peppering federal contractors early in the morning with questions about the after-hours flights and why local police were not provided details.

“You’re on a secure facility here; we really don’t know anything and we’re in charge of security,” he told one of the contractors.

“This is anti all our security stuff,” Hamborsky said.


The New York Post first reported last August that a private security firm signed a $136M contract with the federal government to transport the illegal migrants around the country. Sgt. Hamborsky was trying to get some answers, concerned over security issues.

“I’m just trying to figure out what’s what, who’s who and how I’m supposed to keep this secure,” Hamborsky told the contractors as he continued asking questions.

“We’re not allowed to have our picture taken when we get on base,” one contractor told the officer as they began showing him lanyards around their necks.

“Un-f–king-believable,” Hamborsky responded. “And who’s that by? DHS [Department of Homeland Security]?”

“Yes, and the United States Army,” the contractor responded. “You’re on a federal installation but DHS wants everything on the down low.”

Another contractor told Hamborsky: “Listen, my thing is I like to comply but technically we’re not supposed to show IDs or anything. Like I said, everything is supposed to be hush hush.”

The language used by the federal contractors indicates the secrecy the federal government hopes to maintain. Where’s all that transparency that Joe Biden promised from his administration? It truly is as though DHS is operating under the guise of out of sight, out of mind when it comes to handling the flood of migrants on the southern border. Instead of returning them to their home countries or immediately expelling them under Title 42, DHS is flying them across the country. Why aren’t those planes headed to where the migrants came from? The contractor said that smaller airports outside large cities are used so as to stay out of the spotlight, to work outside of media attention.


Sgt. Hamborsky was told that some of the buses leaving from the airport were going to Delaware, Virginia and New Jersey. All of this squares up with what we have been writing about during the Biden border crisis. When DHS finally had to deal with the overwhelming flood of illegal migrants at the southern border, it began to move them out of border states and further into the country. States like Iowa, for example, in middle America, began to get reports of secret night flights landing and unloading the migrants to be picked up by ground transportation.

Border Patrol and ICE agents are clearly frustrated by the actions of the Biden administration. If you have not yet read the exclusive report from our colleague at Townhall, Julio Rosas, on the meeting DHS Secretary Mayorkas had with Border Patrol agents yesterday, well, go do that. It was a disaster for Mayorkas. The agents did not hold back. They confronted Mayorkas and he admitted that he knows the border situation is worse than ever.

“I know the policies of this administration are not particularly popular with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, but that’s the reality and let’s see what we can do within that framework,” Mayorkas added.

The atmosphere in the meeting got so bad that at one point, an agent spoke to Mayorkas and then turned his back on the secretary. Go read the article to get the full picture.

Posts from reporters on the ground on the border via Twitter show that the situation continues. In recent days, an FNC reporter has uncovered secret mass releases of adult migrants from border areas like Brownsville, Texas. They are put on buses and transported to airports to fly elsewhere in the country. Mayorkas keeps insisting that single adult migrants, mostly male, are being expelled back across the border and that is clearly not true.


That’s interesting – Border Patrol is not expelling Venezuelans, Cubans or Nicaraguans under Title 42. With so many other stories in the news like a potential invasion into Ukraine by Russia, the upcoming Supreme Court nomination and confirmation drama, the economic difficulties of working Americans with inflation and school closures, COVID, and American businesses struggling with supply chain demands and worker shortages, the Biden border crisis often slips off the radar in news coverage. Few outlets keep up with it. It isn’t getting better.


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