Lou Barletta

Lou Barletta

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A Pennsylvania Republican candidate for governor is alleging an airline flight carrying illegal immigrants was secretly flown into Lehigh Valley International Airport.

A news release from Former Congressman Lou Barletta's campaign says a World Atlantic Airlines flight with illegal immigrants was sent by the Biden Administration to Lehigh Valley International Airport on Thursday in "the hope that no one would notice."

A Democratic Congressman, who spoke about similar flights into another Pennsylvania airport says those flights were not secret and were legitimately carrying unaccompanied children as authorized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Lehigh Valley International Airport tells 69 News it, like other airports around the country, has received charter flights from the U.S. Department of Health and could see additional flights in the future.

A statement from LVIA says in part:  "Under grant assurances with the Federal Aviation Administration and as a federally-obligated public use airport, the Lehigh-Northampton Airport Authority does not have the ability to discriminate against any aeronautical activity by refusing or denying aircraft from arriving or departing Lehigh Valley International Airport."

Earlier this week concerns were raised about four similar flights into Scranton International Airport.

During a news conference, Democratic Congressman Matt Cartwright said the Scranton flights were chartered as part of the federal government's refugee reunification process.

Cartwright says that has been in place during multiple presidential administrations and that the refugee children who arrived at the Scranton Airport were bussed to their parents or approved sponsors.

Barletta says it's impossible to determine whether everyone on the flights are in fact children.

He says there was a recent incident in Florida where a refugee claiming to be 17 was actually a 24-year-old homicide suspect.

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