A new report from the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security revealed documents showing that the Biden administration has flown thousands of illegal aliens into Texas airports. 

The committee report shows that the Department of Homeland Security has flown more than 400,000 illegal aliens into 50 different airports around the United States since January 2023. DHS officials did so using the Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan, and Venezuelan mass-parole program. 

The CHNV program was launched by the Biden administration in January 2023 and was meant to help curb illegal alien entries at the southwest border after the expiration of Title 42. The program is said to allow 30,000 nationals per month from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela, and it allows for the illegal aliens to receive work permits and a two-year authorization to live in the U.S.

Documents obtained by the committee show that in eight months—from January 2023 to August 2023—roughly 200,000 illegal aliens were accounted for under the program. By the end of February 2024, the number rose to over 400,000. As of mid-October 2023, 1.6 million inadmissible aliens were awaiting travel authorizations through the CHNV program. DHS even admitted in the documents that none of the individuals waiting had a legal basis to enter the country before they were paroled.

“All individuals paroled into the United States are, by definition, inadmissible, including those paroled under the CHNV Processes,” read the documents.

According to the documents, 7,923 illegal aliens were flown into Houston, 2,256 were flown into Dallas, and 171 were flown into Austin. Florida received the most illegal aliens, with more than 91,000 being flown into Miami and more than 60,000 being flown into Ft. Lauderdale. Other cities like Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago have also received thousands of illegal aliens. 

Last month, Attorney General Ken Paxton, America First Legal, and a coalition of attorneys general from other states asked a federal court to reconsider Texas’ lawsuit against the Biden administration’s parole scheme. It has yet to be heard. 

Additionally, in Fiscal Year 2024, there have already been more than 1.3 million encounters at the southwest border, with over half of the monthly encounters being individuals from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.  

Todd Bensman, a Senior National Security Fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, says Democrat mayors in big cities who have been blaming Abbott for the increase in illegal aliens in their cities can now blame the Biden administration. 

“Several big city mayors have bitterly blamed all their troubles on Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for offering free bus rides from Texas. But whereas New York City’s Mayor Eric Adams has pointed to Abbott as the reason for his immigrant absorption troubles for providing free busing to some 38,000, the mayor now knows the Biden administration authorized nearly 34,000 to fly directly to New York airports from abroad, the Center’s April 1 report showed,” wrote Bensman. “That means Adams can now distribute the blame, but, more importantly, seek redress from a politically friendly administration in Washington.”

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.