Here’s that jaw-dropping report from Twitchy founder and #justablogger Michelle Malkin one month ago:
A source tipped me off last week to a curious occurrence: It seems that two planeloads of illegal aliens were recently shipped to Massachusetts. The first reportedly landed at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford. According to my tipster, approximately 160 illegal immigrants arrived on that flight and stayed nearly a week before being transferred to a Department of Homeland Security site and then released.
The second flight was reportedly diverted from Hanscom to Boston’s Logan Airport this past weekend. I am told that both Massachusetts and New Hampshire officials were on hand.
The response from immigration officials: Deny, evade, obfuscate.
Here’s the Boston Globe yesterday:
Federal immigration officials acknowledged Friday that they increased the number of charter flights this year carrying immigrant detainees to Massachusetts.
The flights, which started in April to Hanscom Field and Logan Airport, have been shrouded in secrecy. Federal and state officials have portrayed the flights as routine, but others say the flights seemed unusual in a state far from the Southern border.
So it is “routine” to fly illegal aliens from the southern border to the northeast? Yeah, right. Even the Globe seems to have had trouble swallowing that one.
And here’s the Boston Herald today:
Illegal immigrants are being secretly flown to Massachusetts and kept in local lockups in an under-the-radar operation that has alarmed lawmen who are raising health and security concerns amid recent spikes in detainees coming up from Texas during the latest border crisis.
After weeks of denying an increase in flights to the Bay State, federal immigration officials finally admitted this weekend that four planes filled with detainees captured at the southern border have been flown to Hanscom and Logan International Airport since April as part of a “large-scale nationwide response” to the crisis.
Unlike the Globe, the Herald graciously credited Malkin with breaking the story:
Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin, who first reported the secret flights in June after hearing that two planeloads of detainees had quietly landed at Hanscom and Logan, said last night she wasn’t surprised when officials originally lined up to deny her story.
“This administration isn’t forthcoming about anything,” said Malkin, whose columns appear in the Herald. “This isn’t just a border crisis. It’s becoming a nationwide problem.”
Last month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Daniel Modricker told the New Hampshire Union Leader that “none” of the illegal aliens had been released. But he tells the Herald that “A small percentage were granted asylum in Massachusetts.”