According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data analyzed by the Center for Immigration Studies, Florida has been reported as the top landing zone for illegal aliens, having received 326,000 in Miami as of February.

According to CIS Senior Fellow Todd Bensman, the Department of Homeland Security refuses to acknowledge these flights. 

This admissions program—designed by DHS in October 2022—is supposed to reduce the southern border crossing numbers by flying illegal aliens into the U.S. and releasing them on parole. Each illegal alien is also eligible for a two-year renewable work authorization in multiple cities.

These flights are landing all over the country, with Houston being the second highest receiving destination at 21,964 foreign nationals and Los Angeles in third with 8,382. Citizens from Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Colombia, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Ecuador are eligible for these commercial flights. 

On March 23, U.S. House lawmakers signed a letter urging President Joe Biden to end these flights. The letter highlights their “grave concerns over the Biden administration’s actions to fly approximately 320,000 illegal immigrants from Latin American airports to 43 cities across the United States.”

Additionally, the lawmakers point out more than 50 terror-watchlisted individuals have been encountered at this point in Fiscal Year 2024.

“Public knowledge of where these flights deliver migrants should matter to local, state, and national leaders in cities struggling with migrant influxes, who could use the information to financially plan for their care or petition the federal government to stop the flights,” CIS Senior National Security Fellow Todd Bensman wrote. “The information may also hold implications for litigation by Texas, Florida, and other states that have sued to stop the parole programs on grounds that the administration’s illegal abuse of the narrow statutory parole authority has directly harmed them.”

Texas is currently asking the courts to reconsider its lawsuit against the Biden administration over its parole program that was dismissed earlier this year.

Amelia McKenzie

Amelia is a senior at Liberty University in Virginia. She is studying Digital Journalism and is currently a fellow with Texas Scorecard.