The Biden Administration responded through White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki last Friday concerning reports of migrant children being flown into Tennessee. Psaki offered some remarks – though she refused to answer whether the Biden Administration purposefully ignored Tennessee leaders’ wishes when it came to housing migrant children.
During Friday’s White House Daily Briefing, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed Psaki about how the Biden Administration appeared to ignore Governor Bill Lee’s decision to decline housing unaccompanied migrant children in Tennessee.
“The governor of Tennessee says that he was asked and he declined a Biden Administration request to house unaccompanied minors,” stated Doocy. “And in [the] coming days – or in recent days, there have been some reports that at least four planes filled with unaccompanied minors landed in his state, some in the middle of the night. Can you explain what’s going on there?”
Psaki evaded the fact that the Biden Administration ignored Lee’s request not to house unaccompanied minors. She claimed that these minors were just traveling through the state.
“[O]ur objective is to unite these unaccompanied [migrant] children – children under the age of 18 – with families, with sponsor families. So children traveling – were traveling through – have been traveling through Tennessee,” said Psaki. “They’re 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. As you know, geographically, it’s right in a place where it – you know, there’s a lot of states around it, so it’s a place where some flights have gone through as children are moving to other destinations.”
Doocy pressed Psaki about whether federal officials were trying to sneak these transportations past state-level officials. Psaki refused to answer.
“I think I’m confirming here that Tennessee is a state that is right near the middle of the country and some kids have to travel through there to get [to] their destination,” said Psaki. “And we’ve been very clear that our objective is to treat these kids humanely, get them to safe homes, especially homes of loved ones and sponsored families.”
The U.S. Department of Human and Health Services (HHS) still hasn’t responded to The Tennessee Star regarding additional reports of migrant children being flown into Chattanooga.
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