At about 9:00 PM ET Tuesday night, April 13, 2021, approximately 150 unaccompanied minor children who entered the U.S. illegally via the U.S.-Mexican border arrived at the Erie International Airport (via El Paso, TX) and were transferred into busses at the privately owned North Coast Air. They were transported by three coach busses to a facility known as the Pennsylvania International Academy, 8155 Oliver Road, Summit Township, PA.
“This is just the start. It’s about 150 ‘children’ right now, but more are coming. The amount of money being spent for this mass infusion of illegal aliens into our community is staggering. In my opinion, this is not a humanitarian effort, but a deliberate invasion. The people of Erie County have no idea what’s in store for them.” –Source who wants to remain anonymous, April 15, 2021
While the local news media seems to be celebrating the ‘humanitarian efforts’ extended by people, businesses, and NGOs in my hometown, Erie County, PA, no one is asking even the most basic and obvious questions:
- “Have each of the children been positively identified?”
- “Do these children have relatives or family in the area?”
- “Who is paying for their flight, their stay, and the medical care they are receiving?”
- “How much is being paid per child and in the aggregate, by whom to whom?”
- “What are the actual ages of the ‘children’?”
“I’ve been a licensed investigator in Erie County, PA for over 3 decades. The answers to the above questions, the staggering amount of money that is involved, and the true objectives of this ‘humanitarian’ action must be disclosed to every citizen of our county. The more I dig, the more disconcerting information I find. It seems to be a highly orchestrated and well funded ‘child trafficking’ operation, at least by definition. A lot of money is changing hands.” -Douglas J. Hagmann
Local businessman Glen Renaud owns the facility in Summit Township. The operation, which will be ongoing, is being coordinated with federal and state government agencies, private contractors, the Benedictine Sisters (led by activist nun Pat Lupo), and members of PA Governor Tom Wolf’s administration.
Why were the three coach busses directed to a private entrance behind the facility? Who is paying for the medical doctor, the psychiatrist, the clothes, and the housing for these “refugees?” Do all of these unaccompanied children have family in this area? (No).
Important history of these “dormitories:”
Family First Sports Park opened in 1994 and for a number of years hosted major soccer tournaments throughout the summer months and served a variety of athletic leagues and training camps. But over time, the number of major events coming to Erie dwindled and now to call the facility underutilized would be an understatement.
Most involved with the facility during the golden years blame the things they couldn’t control for their loss. There was a dearth of competition and hotel prices scaled with increased demand leaving the otherwise inexpensive region out of economic reach for tournament-goers who historically spent multiple days and nights dumping tourist dollars into hotels and restaurants in every municipality from Meadville to North East.
By 2005, the park’s owner, Gary Renaud, literally could not give it away. He offered Family First to the YMCA of Erie County, but its board of directors voted against the acquisition because the deal Renaud offered included the park’s debt of more than $7.5 million.
In 2007, Renaud sold his interest to his brother, Glen, who is now in the process of selling the Family First assets to G.R.E.A.T.T. Source: Erie Reader, September 2017
Related: Erie County Gaming Revenue Authority
Follow the money. More to come.