Monday, June 27, 2022

A New Conspiracy Theory: "Ghost flights" are the latest GOP effort to weaponize immigration ahead of midterms


Joel Rose for NPR report that "Republicans accuse the Biden administration of organizing secret flights, carrying migrants from the border to communities across the country, that critics have branded `ghost flights.'"  He concludes that this claim is not true:  

"When children and teenagers from Central America cross the border alone, the federal government is required by law to care for them until they're reunited with a sponsor, often a parent or relative, or placed in a network of special shelters around the U.S.

To do that, federal officials sometimes fly those children on charter planes from the border to other parts of the country. For years, this was widely seen as normal, even routine.

Until it wasn't."

As the midterm elections approach, Republican lawmakers across the country have sounded the alarm about "ghost flights" filled with migrant children.  Stories about "ghost flights" for months have been regular fare on Fox News and other conservative outletsFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis, who recently signed into law a tough Florida immigration enforcement law, said at a press conference last week that "It's just in the middle of the night. And then you'll wake up and someone will say, 'they brought a bunch of unaccompanied minors.'"

U.S. government federal officials insist that the flights in question happened exactly the same way during previous administrations, including under former President Trump.




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