Public Safety Secretary Confirms 7 Flights of Illegals Landed in MA, Denies Safety Net Services Provided

By: Tom Duggan

APTOPIX Immigration Overload-1According to Massachusetts Secretary of Public Safety Andrea Cabral, at least seven flights landed in Massachusetts recently containing illegal aliens transported from the Mexican border prior to April 18, 2014.

Five flights landed at Hanscom Air Force base, two landed at Logan.

“These flights were routine transports of detainees either to detention facilities in Massachusetts or outward bound for deportation, ” Cabral wrote to one Massachusetts Legislator on June 19th.

“The State Police provides 24/7 security at all state-owned airports in the Commonwealth and, as such was aware of and present for all seven flights. The National Guard was also aware of the flights landing at Hanscom AFB. Assisting a federal law enforcement agency with such temporary transportation stops is routine and there were no extraordinary costs incurred.”

Despite Valley Patriot sources at DCF who say that the minor children transported into Massachusetts are being filtered through the DCF foster care system, Cabral’s letter disputes that. 

“No Detainees were released in Massachusetts, and we are aware of no ICE policy or practice that would permit that. Further,” Cabral’s letter continues, “no unaccompanied minors were included on the transports.”

This is also in direct contradiction to Valley Patriot sources who say that unaccompanied minors were indeed part of the transport and some have already been reunited with family members in Massachusetts. 

“ICE detainees were conveyed either to outbound flights for deportation or to state and county correctional cells to await deportation,” Cabral said in her letter. 

“None of the detainees is (SIC) using any of the Commonwealth’s safety net services.”




Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan

Tom Duggan is president and publisher of The Valley Patriot Newspaper in North Andover, Massachusetts. He is an author, host of the Paying Attention TV/Radio Program, lectures on media bias and police issues, is a former Lawrence School Committeeman, former political director for Mass. Citizens Alliance, and a 1990 Police Survivor. You can email your comments to

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5 Responses to Public Safety Secretary Confirms 7 Flights of Illegals Landed in MA, Denies Safety Net Services Provided

  1. Daniel Bogdan (@babyboomer1960) Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    So which is it? Either they were released and reunited or they weren’t. Why won’t the “sources at DCF” come forward and identify themselves? Ditto the “Valley Patriot sources.” While I don’t want to automatically assume that Ms. Cabral is lying, this has all too often been the case in many instances. On the other hand, why report that unspecified sources who apparently wish to remain anonymous that they dispute her claim. Journalistic integrity requires that you clarify the situation for the readers. Don’t leave us hanging with the conclusion that we’ll never know…

  2. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Dan, when a source can lose their job and or be prosecuted for talking to the press OF COURSE I am not going to name them in my story. I clarified that our sources on the ground say one thing, Secretary Cabral says another. When I get more I will post it. But it would be shoddy journalism to name a confidential source(s) who took great risks to get us information.

  3. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    and I promise not to leave you hanging as soon as I have more I will post it. But I am only one guy, I can’t be everywhere. I trust my sources implicitly, but they are human too, so to be fair we told both sides. will continue to do so when possible.

  4. Daniel Bogdan (@babyboomer1960) Reply

    June 23, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Fair enough. I totally understand their predicament. It’s just with so much corroborated bad news on this issue out there, it initially seemed to me that you didn’t have enough to really put out an alert. On the other hand, it’s your local audience, and they absolutely need to get a heads up on this! I’m about as sick to death of the Federal Government as I could possibly image, and have no reason to believe that they’re telling the truth on anything. At this point, my default position is to consider that they’re lying in whatever they’re saying. In your case, it’s state authorities giving “assurances” that everything is on the up and up. Right… I’m hoping against hope that it turns our all right for you in your neck of the woods, but I’m fearful that we’re all going to be royally screwed by Emperor Obama and his minions before it’s all over with.

  5. Tom Duggan

    Tom Duggan Reply

    July 2, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Dan I am goign to publish the letter we have in next week’s print edition that is why I was purposely vague, as we are a monthly we sometimes have to hold back in our on line stories. I have been working the phones on this quite a bit. Should have an update in next few days

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