Illegal Immigrants Flood Phoenix’s Sky Harbor Airport

December 21, 2023

By Corinne Murdock |

Holiday travel times and flights may be more difficult to handle this year, based on the flood of illegal immigrants at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. 

Reporters returning from Turning Point USA’s (TPUSA) America Fest conference publicized their observations at the airport in a flurry of social media postings on Tuesday. 

One independent political commentator and journalist, “Nuance Bro” (Omeed Afsarifard), encountered large groups of illegal immigrants awaiting their flights, with papers indicating that they received services from Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona (CCSA). 

One woman asked why Afsarifard was filming their group without their consent, to which he informed her that filming in public areas was legal. 

Afsarifard observed that the illegal immigrants had white tags on their luggage and, often, their processing paperwork from border enforcement.

From last August to this August, CCSA reported taking in over 80,000 illegal immigrants to Casa Alitas, the organization’s shelter service for illegal immigrants claiming refugee status. From August 2021 to August 2022, CCSA reported taking in about 47,800 illegal immigrants to their shelter service. 

Tenet Media reporter Tayler Hansen reported that illegal immigrants received priority boarding and expedited security checks.

Hansen, along with several other reporters and political commentators, claimed to observe multiple incidents of illegal immigrants being escorted by security out of women’s restrooms.

Babylon Bee commentator Ashley St. Clair filmed her experience at Phoenix Sky Harbor: wading through crowds of illegal immigrants, and waiting behind them for boarding. St. Clair noted that taxpayers were funding the premium transportation of the illegal immigrants.

The border crisis surge is only likely to worsen in the coming weeks. Reporters along the border shared videos of thousands of illegal immigrants waiting to be let into the country. Last week, the Tucson Border Sector reported another record number of illegal immigrants breaching the border.

In response to the massive uptick in the border crisis, Gov. Katie Hobbs tapped the National Guard to provide assistance at the border.

The illegal immigrants are being flown or bussed to “sanctuary cities” in other states. Yet, those cities may be less of a sanctuary than anticipated, due to overcrowding and increasingly limited resources. 

One Chicago shelter for illegal immigrants made headlines this week after reportedly poor living conditions have caused mass illnesses and the recent death of at least one: a five-year-old boy.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to

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