Recently, Elon Musk, the renowned entrepreneur and owner of X (formerly Twitter), has raised questions about the involvement of Delta Air Lines in transporting undocumented migrants from border states to various cities across the United States.
This issue was initially brought to light by conservative commentator Ashley St. Clair on the social media platform X, causing a stir among users and drawing significant attention. St. Clair expressed her concerns in a post dated December 19, questioning Delta Air Lines' role in flying individuals, whom she identified as migrants, from Phoenix, Arizona, to New York City.
She highlighted the overwhelming impact this had on cities like New York, where even the Democratic mayor has pleaded to halt this influx. The post rapidly gained traction, amassing over 407,000 views and becoming a trending topic on X.
Responding to St. Clair's post, Musk commented, "Good question," indicating his interest in the matter. Despite efforts by Newsweek to reach Delta Air Lines and St. Clair for comments, there has been no official response at the time of writing.
Migrant Flight Controversy
St. Clair further claimed that her flight was filled with migrants who still possessed bags from processing centers, a statement that sparked additional controversy. She questioned whether taxpayer dollars funded these flights, reflecting a growing frustration over border security issues.
Despite these assertions, Newsweek's investigation could not confirm the identity of the passengers on St. Clair's flight. It's important to note that once migrants have been processed and have submitted an asylum request, they are no longer considered to be in the country unlawfully.
The discourse on this topic has been polarizing. Some social media users criticized St. Clair's views, suggesting that broader geopolitical issues contribute to migration and urging compassion. Others, however, echoed her concerns, emphasizing potential health and security risks and accusing Delta of prioritizing profit over the well-being of American citizens.
Musk on Immigration Policy
Musk, a South African immigrant, has previously expressed his views on immigration. During a visit to Eagle Pass, Texas, in September, he emphasized the need for a balanced approach, advocating for legal immigration while expressing concerns about the impact of illegal immigration on social services.
The controversy surrounding this incident occurs amidst broader debates over immigration policies in the U.S., particularly the handling of the U.S.-Mexico border under President Joe Biden's administration. With over 2.475 million encounters at the southern border in fiscal year 2023, states like Arizona are seeking more support.
Governor Katie Hobbs recently deployed National Guard personnel to assist with border management. This incident reflects the complexities of immigration issues in the U.S., highlighting the differing perspectives and the need for a nuanced approach to address this multifaceted challenge.