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DHS Makes Abilene, TX Airport Catch And Release Hub

Our friends at Judicial Watch have just disclosed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly using a small regional airport in central Texas to disperse large groups of illegal immigrants throughout the U.S. after releasing them from detention facilities in other

parts of the state, city and federal sources confirm. Local authorities in the city where this is occurring, Abilene, are being kept in the dark and a federal lawmaker is demanding an end to the “reckless and irresponsible practice” as well as answers from DHS after a series of local news reports exposed the covert operation.

Abilene is located about 180 miles west of Dallas and has a population of around 120,000. The area’s airport is run by the city and its transportation director reveals in a news story that local officials are not aware of what exactly is going on with the illegal immigrant flights. The airport is only given 24 to 48 hours of notice before flights arrive, according to Abilene Director of Transportation Don Green, who verifies the planes are private charters from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the DHS agency in charge. The Texas news conglomerate, which also publishes reports in Spanish, writes that it “shot video of strange activity at the airport” and includes the footage on its website. It shows immigrants exiting unmarked planes, getting frisked, then boarding buses. Some footage includes buses arriving at the airport where immigrants are seen getting off and boarding planes to different parts of the U.S.

Republican Jodey Arrington, who represents the area in the U.S. House, says the flights have been coming into Abilene Airport for some time and his office has contacted ICE for more information but the agency has essentially blown him off. The congressman also reveals that he has called numerous local officials and not one has been notified by the federal government of the covert ICE operations at Abilene Airport. That includes county commissioners, judges, city mayors and state legislators who are being kept in the dark by ICE and DHS about the activity. In response to the news organization’s inquiry, ICE issued a statement saying that Abilene Airport is used to facilitate detainee transfers in accordance with operational needs and assures the agency is “committed to ensuring that all those in our custody reside in safe, secure, and humane environments and under appropriate conditions of confinement.” The DHS agency also writes that detainees in transit will be transported in a safe and humane manner under the supervision of trained and experienced personnel.

ICE also stresses that detainees’ medical and other special needs are prioritized before any transfer and that accommodations are made during transfer for detainees with disabilities. For those concerned about where the relocated illegal immigrants will end up, the agency offers this reassuring information in its statement to the Texas media outlet: “ICE is coordinating with non-governmental organizations to ensure individuals have immediate needs such as temporary shelter upon their release, as well as food, water, clothing, and transportation services to help mitigate strains placed on resources in the local community.” Custody determinations are made daily by the agency, the ICE statement reads, on a case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law and DHS policy considering the “merits and factors of each case.”

Congressman Arrington is calling on the Biden administration to immediately end the reckless “catch and release” operations and blasts the administration for the unacceptable lack of communication and transparency surrounding the process. In a letter to DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Arrington trashes Biden’s disastrous policies for encouraging illegal immigration, emboldening drug cartels and jeopardizing the safety of the American people. “Under your leadership and as a result of the Biden Administration’s policies, the United States has ceded control of our southern border to narco-terrorist cartels, which in turn, has created an unprecedented humanitarian and security crisis,” the congressman writes to the DHS secretary. The legislator also asks Mayorkas several questions, including how many illegal immigrants have been released from local detention facilities and transported to Abilene, if DHS is conducting criminal background checks on them, and if the illegal immigrants are tested for COVID-19 before being released into the community.

A few months ago Judicial Watch reported on a similar Biden administration scheme in which planeloads of illegal immigrant minors were relocated around the country in the middle of the night to avoid public scrutiny. In that case the Department of Defense (DOD) contracted big tour buses to take the migrants to cities throughout the southeast. A Tennessee news outlet captured video of planes arriving at a Chattanooga private jet terminal and adolescents who appear to be in their early teens are seen deboarding the planes carrying matching bags then boarding large tour busses parked on the runway. Federal lawmakers representing the area as well as local officials were also kept in the dark.

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  • Judicial Watch

  • Illegal immigration

  • border wall

  • catch and release

  • Abilene Texas airport

  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

  • Rep. Jodey Arrington

  • DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas

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We have driven past Abilene on I-20 many times over the years and until a couple weeks ago, I had never seen an airplane landing at the regional airport. On this recent trip, I spotted three unmarked planes in the landing pattern. At least one looked like a military aircraft, although I could not identify the type. I thought it odd and drove on. Now I know more about what I saw.


Nov 30, 2021

It is amazing to me that Texans, particularly the gov and his pards in the legislature, is allowing all of this to take place in their state. I thought that "You don't mess with Texas" was their war cry...or was it "Remember the Alamo"?...It sure looks like the new cry is a whine, "Please stop what you're doing...or or or...or else we'll ask you again to stop what you're doing"...

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Texas is doing as much as it can to patrol the border, but it takes resources. The state cannot match the federal government in that regard. However, if you drive anywhere in Texas, you can go 85 mph or faster in 65 mph zones with impunity because the bulk of Department of Public Safety officers are at the border trying to do what the federal government refuses to do.


Again, the globalist Democrats follow the orders of their masters, as they implement the population replacement portion of UN Agenda 2030. Replace the uppity, freedom and liberty population with a more submissive population, more accustomed to poverty and oppression, more obedient, enthusiastically willing to submit to the will of their masters for the pittance they will receive.

And again, the Democrats prove that they lack any imagination, any creativity, in using an old strategy of Bill Clinton's, but instead of cocaine, they are smuggling in criminal illegal aliens.

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They're smuggling in a lot more than you think. Try Fentinol, among other drugs, and sex trafficking. Texas authorities can stop some of it, but most gets past them. The large numbers of people coming in who are just looking for a better place to live are a way to keep authorities busy while the real crime runs rampant.

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