Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial hopeful Lou Barletta demanded answers Thursday on “Fox & Friends First” on migrant “ghost flights” that arrived in his state multiple times in December – including on Christmas Day.
Barletta claims he received no response from Democrat Gov. Tom Wolf when asked about the unannounced, unpublicized transportation of the unaccompanied minors, fueling concerns about vaccination status and criminal records.
“Where were they going?,” Barletta asked. “Shouldn’t the people in those communities, those school districts, know?”
Wolf’s office told Fox News in a statement Wednesday the migrant flights that arrived at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport on Dec. 11, 17 and 25 were not ending their journey there, instead passing through on the way to their guardians and sponsors.
Wolf’s office also emphasized that the flights, which reportedly arrived at the direction of the Department of Health and Human Services, were a federal matter largely out of the governor’s control.
Barletta, a former Pennsylvania congressman running for governor in 2022, argued it’s ultimately the governor’s job to protect the people of his state.
“That’s the governor’s responsibility… not to just have blind faith in the Biden administration that they’re doing all these checks on people before they come into our communities,” he said. “That’s what they’ll get when I’m the next governor of Pennsylvania.”
Fox News’ Timothy Nerozzi contributed to this report.