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Today, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee are joining with U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley’s call to open a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into the crisis on the American southern border. 

This call for action follows incidents of unaccompanied migrant children being transported into Iowa and Tennessee without any advanced notice or communication with state and local law enforcement.  

“We are writing to support your continued calls for the Senate Judiciary Committee to hold an oversight hearing regarding the current border crisis,” the governors wrote in their letter to Senator Grassley. “We believe this hearing should also address the Biden Administration’s failure to provide notice and transparency in their movement of unaccompanied migrant children into states.” 

 Timeline of events in Iowa outlined in the letter: 

  • On May 2, the State of Iowa became aware of an April 22 flight of unaccompanied minor children landing overnight at the Des Moines International Airport. 
  • On May 6, the State of Iowa reached out to both DHS and HHS after reviewing surveillance footage showing what appeared to be a plane 
  • On May 7, and May 10, the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) told State of Iowa officials that it was not an HHS flight.  
  • On May 10 – and again in writing on May 11 – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) told the State of Iowa that it was not a DHS ICE flight. 
  • On May 14, Governor Reynolds reached out to Senator Grassley’s office.  
  • On May 17, ICE told Senator Grassley’s staff it was not involved in the flight. 
  • On May 21, HHS ORR confirmed to Senator Grassley’s office that it was an ORR flight and ORR ground transportation. According to HHS, 19 children were flown from Long Beach, CA, to Des Moines, IA, for unification with their sponsors. Two buses were used to transport the children from the airport to various locations to be unified with their sponsors.  

“These experiences sow seeds of mistrust in our communities, and work to intentionally subvert the will of the people for a secure border and a clear, lawful immigration process,” the governors wrote in their letter to Senator Grassley. “Additionally, the federal government’s failure to provide advance notification to states places an undue burden on our law enforcement partners to determine whether these types of flights constitute a criminal act of human trafficking or the federally-sponsored transport of vulnerable children.” 

Read the governors’ entire letter to U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley here. 

The Iowa Standard was the only Iowa media outlet that actually did any work on this story. You can read all about the situation using the links below:

CATCH UP ON THE ENTIRE STORY. THIS IS EVERYTHING WE’VE PUT OUT REGARDING FLIGHT WL317:

IS IT TRUE? WE DO NOT KNOW, BUT LONG BEACH LOCAL NEWS REPORTS PLANE WITH 100 UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN FLEW TO DES MOINES

UPDATE: WORLD ATLANTIC PLANE DID INDEED TAKE OFF FROM LONG BEACH, LAND IN DES MOINES ON APRIL 22 – BUT WHO WERE THE PASSENGERS?

UPDATE: WORLD ATLANTIC FLIGHT FROM LONG BEACH TO DES MOINES…WHERE ARE WE NOW?

POLK COUNTY SHERIFF SAYS OFFICE HAS NOT HOUSED MIGRANT CHILDREN IN JAIL

UPDATE: WHAT HAPPENED TO UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT KIDS WHO WERE FLOWN FROM LONG BEACH TO DES MOINES?

UPDATE: DES MOINES AIRPORT CONFIRMS FLIGHT DID LAND IN DES MOINES FROM LONG BEACH, BUT SAYS RECORDS INDICATE NO PASSENGERS DEPLANED

CONFIRMED: FLIGHT FROM LONG BEACH TO DES MOINES ON APRIL 22 WAS A GOVERNMENT FLIGHT THROUGH ICE

VERIFIED: CHARTERED ICE FLIGHT FROM LONG BEACH TO DES MOINES WITH ARMED AGENTS MET AT AIRPORT IN DES MOINES BY THREE CHARTER BUSES

SOURCE: 13 KIDS DEPLANED CHARTERED FLIGHT AT DES MOINES AIRPORT

HOLDING PATTERN: ICE CONTINUES TO DENY INVOLVEMENT IN CHARTERED FLIGHT THAT SOURCE SAYS LEFT 13 KIDS IN DES MOINES

FLIGHT: IF IT WAS NOT HHS AND IT WAS NOT ICE, WHO WAS IT? ARMED FEDERAL AGENTS ON PLANE WITH CHILDREN

WITNESS: ‘GOVERNMENT OPERATION’ SEEMED LIKE THEY WERE TAKING KIDS FROM BORDER AND SPREADING THEM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

WHY IS THE REST OF IOWA MEDIA IGNORING THE PLANE WITH UNACCOMPANIED MIGRANT MINORS UNLOADING IN DES MOINES?

Author: Press Release