Wicker Statement on Illegal Immigration Surge

Miss. Senator: Reports of Overnight Immigrant Flights “BreathtakingMiss. Senator: Reports of Overnight Immigrant Flights “Breathtaking”

January 28, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today released the following statement regarding reports of federal contractors flying illegal immigrants from the southern border to other points across the country late at night:

“The recent reports of immigrants being driven and flown across the country in the dead of night are truly breathtaking,” Wicker said. “The crisis at our border has steadily worsened since President Biden took office and shows no signs of slowing down. Strong countries need strong borders. The constant surge of migrants across our border threatens to undermine American national security and the rule of law. President Biden should act now to restore confidence in our border and reinstitute the tough policies of the last administration.”

“Until the President acts to get this crisis under control, Congress should cut off funding for this transportation in any future appropriation and investigate the wholesale failure of the Biden Administration to prevent this crisis.”

The flights, which have been widely reported after months of surging illegal migration, regularly distribute illegal immigrants who are awaiting trial to communities across the country with little to no notice given to local authorities.

Wicker called out the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) actions in August when a group of 90 migrants were dropped off at a bus station in Natchez, Miss.

Read more about Senator Wicker’s recent work on the border issue here.