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Published June 2, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
Knoxville, TN – On Thursday night, a plane carrying unidentified children landed in Knoxville. According to flight records, the plane came from Long Beach, California before landing at McGhee Tyson Airport at the TacAir shortly after 11 p.m.
Video captured by WVLT News shows people leaving the plane to board two buses at TacAir.
According to WVLT, “The video appeared to show primarily pre-teen and teenage children. WVLT News blurred the faces of the individuals to protect the identities of anyone on the plane.”
One bus drove down I-75 to cross the Kentucky border, and the second bus went south on Alcoa Highway. WVLT said they have tried to make several calls about the situation.
They said, “The Malone Bus Company based in Cleveland, Tennessee, hung up when asked questions about why its buses were being used. Later calls to the company were then sent straight to voicemail. The Malone Bus Company was the same company that was hired to transport migrants last week from Chattanooga.”
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A spokesperson from McGhee Tyson Airport said TacAir works with private aircraft, so the airport had no information about the plane. Officials from the airline also said they could not make any comments due to their policy.
Casey Black, the Press Secretary for Governor Bill Lee, said the governor did not know about the flight.
The governor’s office told WVLT, “We have made numerous requests for information and transparency from the Biden Administration since March they have not responded to those requests. Everything we have learned has come from news reports like yours.”
In an earlier response to these reports, Governor Lee said, “When we demanded answers, they cut off transparency & emboldened one of the worst human trafficking crises we’ve seen at our border in the last 20 years. I commend Senator Hagerty and Senator Blackburn for calling this out. Tennesseans deserve to know who is coming into our state.”
He also said on Twitter that Tennessee declined “the Biden Administration’s request to house unaccompanied minors and called on the administration to secure the border and stop scattering children across the country.”
Senator Bill Hagerty also went to Twitter to say, “Tennesseans deserve answers & they deserve them now. I have warned that Biden’s failure at the border would result in a systematic resettling of migrants in our communities. A new reality is happening in our country—every town is now a border town.”
Senator Marsha Blackburn and Representative Chuck Fleischmann sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense to get answers about what is going on but have received no reply.
In a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki addressed the reports.
Psaki said, “As we have been very clear about, children are abducted and as to unite these unaccompanied children, children under the age of 18, with families with sponsor families, so children were traveling through and have been traveling through Tennessee. They are simply on their way to unite with relatives and sponsors, to meet sponsors in the state or just traveling through Tennessee until they reach another destination to unite with family members or legal sponsors.”