Dozens of single adult men, believed to be illegal aliens, were spotted by Fox News journalists boarding planes in Texas bound for Atlanta, Houston and Miami.
The men were filmed being shuttled from a makeshift processing center in Texas to a nearby airport in Brownsville.
Fox News said it followed the cabs to Valley International Airport in Harlingen, about 30 minutes away, where some of the migrants reportedly said they’d been smuggled across the border with Mexico after paying a criminal cartel $2,000 each.
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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was asked about the issue Tuesday during the daily press briefing.
Q Why is it that large numbers of single adult men are being released into the United States just hours after being apprehended at the southern border?
MS. PSAKI: Well, I’m not sure the specifics of what you’re referring to, Peter. What I can tell you, in terms of what our policy is and how we’re approaching the border, is that we continue to be under Title 42. Migrants who cannot be expelled under Ti- — Title 42 are placed into immigration proceedings.
And one of those avenues could be placement in an alternative to detention program in the interior of the United States. Sometimes that means moving migrants to other parts of the United States to move to different detention facilities, where they wait for next steps in the immigration process, such as a court hearing, and are required to check in with a local ICE office.
So that is some- — certainly something that is happening out there in the country and is consistent with our policy.
Q And you mentioned that they’re supposed to check in at a local ICE office. But we know that just between March and August, which is a very small sample size, DHS says more than 47,000 of these migrants that were given notices to report did not show up. So, why let them into the U.S. unsupervised in the first place?
MS. PSAKI: Well, again, we have stringent protocols and processes that we implement here. That includes expelling individuals who come in under Title 42, given we are still in a global pandemic, and includes those who are — do not show up will be subject to the repercussions of that.
So, that is the policy we’re implementing from our Homeland Security Department.WhiteHouse.gov
BREAKING: The federal government continues to mass release single adult male migrants at a parking garage in Brownsville. We’ve seen 4 of these groups in last 2 hours. Some have ankle monitors on. All being released to bus stations or the airport. Not Title 42’d. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/mnneUNHFC1— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 25, 2022
NEW: In the middle of our live shot on @FoxNews, another group of dozens of single adult male migrants were dropped off by the federal government in Brownsville. A NGO then gave them travel folders and they walked to a nearby bus stop to travel elsewhere in the country. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/UypXYBtrGl— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 25, 2022
NEW: We witnessed the federal gov mass releasing single adult migrants, almost all men, at a parking garage in Brownsville. Taxi cabs were then called for them. We followed the taxis to Harlingen airport, where the migrants were dropped off to get on flights around U.S. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/HcSSwtjMnR— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 25, 2022