The U.S. Department of Homeland Security “secretly” approved the arrival of 33,000 illegal aliens directly into New York City, according to a senior fellow at the Center for Immigration Studies.

Todd Bensman explained this 33,000 figure makes up 22 percent of New York City’s estimated illegal alien population and U.S. taxpayers are forced to finance these trips.

Meanwhile, around 25 percent of New York City’s estimated 150,000 illegal aliens were brought from Texas.

Mayor Eric Adams has continually blamed Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for the situation rather than President Joe Biden, whose administration has authorized the influx.

“Biden is, of course, far more responsible than Abbott for New York’s troubles because he’s doing nothing to enforce border laws in the first place, thus flooding Texas and other southern states with unsustainable numbers of illegal immigrants,” wrote Bensman. “Yet Adams gives Biden a total a[sic] pass on the flights, which Biden could shut down with a phone call, preferring to continue pretending that the Republican Abbott is the cause of Gotham’s problems.”

DHS has approved flights for almost 400,000 illegal aliens traveling all over the U.S., with Florida being the main landing port.

According to Bensman, the federal government relies on large-scale use of the Immigration and Nationality Act, which “allows a president to grant temporary ‘humanitarian parole’ into the country of immigrants in emergency situations on a ‘case-by-case’ basis.”

“But this administration has applied this highly restricted ‘case-by-case’ parole authority to far greater numbers of foreigners than any other before, more than a combined 800,000 by both land and air ports paroles, to reduce the optics of thousands illegally crossing the land border at once,” explained Bensman.

Meanwhile, Senate Bill 4—a Texas law making it a state crime for individuals to enter the country illegally—is currently on hold.

The law is currently awaiting further review by the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Amelia McKenzie

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