Attorney General Ken Paxton, America First Legal, and a coalition of attorney generals from other states are asking federal courts to reconsider Texas’ lawsuit against the Biden administration regarding the transportation of illegal aliens via air travel into U.S. cities.

The motion, filed yesterday, takes aim at the Department of Homeland Security and President Biden’s “parole” scheme—which allows 30,000 aliens from countries like Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela to enter the U.S. every month and remain in the country indefinitely.

“The program allows these aliens–after more or less flying to the destination of their choice–to obtain work permits and ultimately claim public benefits, such as food stamps and welfare,” AFL explained in a press release yesterday. “The program floods our country with legions of illegal aliens who should not be here, only further worsening the worst immigration crisis in our nation’s history.”

Back in February, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas had initially dismissed the lawsuit because it believed the states were not sufficiently harmed by the program.

However, the initial ruling ignored evidence showing border crossings by CHNV (Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, Venezuela) aliens had increased significantly and are now higher than before the program had started.

This contradicts the Biden administration’s justification for the CHNV program that it would decrease the overall number of illegal border crossings.

Additionally, as AFL explains, the initial ruling also “ignored the significant financial costs that Texas, and all states around the nation, have incurred at the hands of Biden’s parole program.”

These costs include the issuing of driver’s licenses, healthcare expenditures, education, and law enforcement.

The state of Texas was joined by attorney generals from the states of Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

The Center for Immigration Studies recently analyzed data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol—finding that Florida was a top landing zone for illegal alien flights. Miami alone has been reported to receive 326,000 illegal aliens as of February.

Houston is the second highest destination, receiving 21,964 foreign nationals, followed by Los Angeles as the third with 8,382.

CIS Senior Fellow Todd Bensman claimed that the Department of Homeland Security is refusing to acknowledge the flights.

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.