Final summer time I used to be notified of secret in a single day flights coming into Westchester County Airport that have been transporting hundreds of illegal immigrants apprehended on the southern border. Having overseen the airport throughout my tenure as county government, I knew that flights arriving after midnight are usually not allowed so I began asking questions publicly.
Who’re on these planes? Have they been vetted and COVID tested? What number of flights thus far and what number of extra are scheduled? The place are these unlawful immigrants being positioned and who’s paying for all this? Have background checks been achieved, particularly on the adults?
What occurred subsequent was totally predictable. I and different native residents have been known as “racist” and “xenophobic” merely for asking questions. Seemingly, neither the present county government nor the governor cared or had any curiosity in understanding what was taking place of their jurisdiction.
We ignored the taunts and continued to demand solutions.
Lastly, we have been informed that these have been only unaccompanied minors they usually weren’t being resettled domestically. That was a lie. I finally discovered that the flights started in April and grew extra frequent with bigger planes by summer time. I personally witnessed and videotaped dozens of grownup male migrants boarding charter buses and being dropped off to ready automobiles at a close-by Costco car parking zone.
And New York Publish journalist Miranda Devine’s investigation discovered that most of the undocumented people have been certainly being resettled all through Westchester, Lengthy Island and the opposite New York suburbs.
Not too long ago we secured police body-camera footage from the tarmac after one of many flights. A authorities contractor is seen on the recording telling a county police sergeant that Homeland Safety desires the flights from the border “on the down-low. … All the things is meant to be hush-hush.”
On the finish of the video, one other authorities contractor says to the officer that if this operation received out it might be “the government betraying the American folks.”
Our authorities is mendacity to us. After we ask questions, they dismiss us, gaslight us and name us bigots.
Sound acquainted? I’m positive it does to thousands and thousands of us mother and father who dared to query extended faculty closures, mask mandates or faculty curriculum. These mothers and dads have been labeled fanatics, extremists and even worse — domestic terrorists.
I’m positive it sounds acquainted to households of cops and most people who’re dismissed for questioning the soft-on-crime policies like “no-cash bail” right here in New York, failure of district attorneys to prosecute crime, strikes to “defund the police” and emptying our prisons.
And it’s acquainted to folks involved about reviews of 9,000 undocumented immigrants being waved by into our nation on daily basis. Are we supposed to only settle for this? I don’t blame folks wanting to return to America. I blame authorities for failing to defend this country’s borders and implement our legal guidelines.
Sadly, it isn’t simply our authorities mendacity to us and calling us racists. The mainstream media are doing it as effectively. They need to be those demanding solutions on behalf of the general public. They need to be holding the highly effective accountable as an alternative of holding common residents in contempt. Nonetheless, the mainstream media have both ignored these points or parroted the speaking factors of the left.
At first, the technique to silence folks with defamation and condemnation might have labored, however the state of affairs with our authorities is so uncontrolled that individuals are beginning to stand up and communicate out. We aren’t taking it anymore.
We wish to be heard. We would like solutions. We would like normalcy and security for our households and communities. We would like respect. If the general public continues to be dismissed and ignored, the rebellion might be swift and strongly felt on the poll field in November.
Rob Astorino is a Republican candidate for New York governor and served as Westchester County Government from 2010 to 2017. Twitter: @robastorino