When they heard that a flight of migrants was being shipped from Texas to New Jersey, supporters and volunteers assembled at Teterboro Airport with lighting speed. Prepared with everything from diapers and food to short term housing assistance, translation services, attorneys and other provisions, the group waited for passengers of Ultimate Air Shuttle 11.
The same plane made headlines last week for transporting migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, under Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ auspices. The anticipated passengers this time were also illegal immigrants assumed to be coming from Texas and, at least according to some speculations, the second wave of Desantis migrants headed for Delaware- President Biden’s home state.
The plane’s original flight plan, in fact, did show it departing from Texas for Florida, then to Delaware, before a final destination in Teterboro, NJ. However, plans changed and the plane left Texas hours later than planned, skipped Delaware entirely, and instead made a quick stop in Nashville before arriving in New Jersey with only the crew aboard.
Although pressed by the media, DeSantis would not confirm who was initially on the flight or where they were headed. That did not stop social service agencies in Delaware from gearing up for the possibility of incoming migrants. Bergen County said their services were also on standby. While New Jersians suffer under crushing inflation and a dystopian job market Governor Murphy’s office said it was ready to assist if needed.
Thus far, 11,000 asylum seekers have been sent from Texas to New York City since May.