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Wicker, Hyde-Smith, and colleagues call for accountability on illegal immigrant flights

By: Anne Summerhays - February 4, 2022

Miss. Senators question DHS Secretary on reports of overnight flights

On Thursday, U.S. Senators Roger Wicker (R-MS) and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) joined 13 Senators in signing a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to explain reports that ICE is processing large groups of single adult illegal immigrants at makeshift borders and loading them onto planes to be shuttled into communities across America.

“In light of the public reporting around “midnight flights” of illegal immigrants, we request a full accounting of your Department’s activities so that we can understand the scope of this challenge. We are concerned that the use of these midnight flights by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is intended to obfuscate the Administration’s failure to secure our borders and protect hardworking, law-abiding Americans,” the lawmakers wrote.

“These reports of illegal immigrants being released into the country are also perplexing due to the fact that the Supreme Court directed the Biden Administration to reinstate the “Remain in Mexico policy started under the previous administration,” wrote the Senators. “Under this policy, illegal immigrants are required to wait in Mexico while their asylum claims are adjudicated rather than being released into the United States.”

“We are alarmed by the reports of mass release of criminal illegal immigrants into our communities under the cover of darkness. The American people deserve answers to why their taxpayer dollars are being used to fly illegal immigrants across the country to be released into our backyards. Public safety and national security are on the line,” the Senators concluded.

Click here to read the full letter.

Senator Hyde-Smith stated on Twitter that it is “deeply troubling that, at a time Americans struggle with inflation, their taxpayer dollars are used to relocate illegal immigrants across the country, resulting in a mass release of criminal illegal immigrants into our communities.”


“Reports of illegal immigrant flights from the border to locations across the country are deeply concerning,” Senator Wicker said.

Wicker said that he joined his colleges on the letter to the Department of Homeland Security, “in order to demand full account of these activities.”

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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth. Email Anne: