Every day, thousands of undocumented immigrants spew across the U.S. border, bravely facing unparalleled danger and unspeakable financial burdens. While liberals express concern for the difficulties these immigrants face during their journeys, it turns out that, for many, the cost isn’t as high as some might think. In fact, for quite a few, it’s simply the price of an airline ticket.
Per information from the Center for Immigration Studies, more than 210,000 individuals have been dropped across the nation in Biden’s initiative intended to blur the numbers of illegal immigrants and avoid border control altogether.
According to a report by immigration analyst Todd Bensman, the Department of Homeland Security’s new strategy encourages tens of thousands of prospective illegal border crossers to utilize the CBP One smartphone application. Through this app, they can schedule appointments with U.S. officials at designated land ports of entry instead of attempting an illegal border crossing.
Following the appointment, DHS extends an invitation to illegal immigrants to approach the American side of the land ports, where U.S. Customs officials swiftly grant them “parole” status, permitting them to travel to a city of their choice within the United States.
Bensman points out that while the border crisis remains in the public spotlight, the groups arriving under the new Biden initiative are flying under the radar. What’s more, the DHS is keeping their destinations under wraps. According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), “U.S. Customs officers parole them into the nation, sight unseen, and in numbers publicly unknown.”
Bensman, who has been examining these developments, obtained documents that reveal the total count of immigrants arriving and their points of origin. However, the documents maintain a veil of secrecy when it comes to disclosing any of the 43 cities where these immigrants have landed. The DHS contends that revealing the targeted cities poses security concerns.
This report explains why certain cities are experiencing a significant influx of immigrants arriving by air. Between January and mid-September, 76,582 Haitian immigrants used the program to fly into the United States. An undisclosed airport was their preferred landing spot, accounting for 47,768 of the individuals. Back in October 2022, the same program became available to Venezuelans, resulting in 63,360 arrivals spread across 43 different airports. Notably, 39,474 of them favored one airport for their entry.
Similarly, 46,794 Cubans took advantage of the program. While some Cubans touched down at 41 different airports, the majority, an estimated 33,355 individuals, showed a clear preference for a specific airport.
Although it’s highly likely that Miami was the preferred airport for these groups, CBP refuses to provide unredacted information for verification.
The program, as described by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), differs from the administration’s well-known practice of chartering flights from border towns and conducting “ghost flights” into cities during late-night hours. These “ghost flights” have raised concerns and garnered public attention.
The Biden administration has largely avoided discussing what they call the “family unification” flight program since its implementation over a year ago. This reluctance stems from the political backlash faced in response to the secretive “ghost flights” orchestrated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to transport migrant children to various airports.
Biden’s hidden direct-flight program avoids placing blame on his administration for the political challenges in major U.S. cities, such as New York and Chicago, where paroled migrants have been met with resistance. As a result, migrants who arrive in the United States by flying directly often go unnoticed and unaccounted for in the monthly Border Patrol statistics.
This secretive approach has shielded virtually all information about the program from media scrutiny, creating a situation that remains completely hidden from public view.
Biden’s lack of sustainable immigration policies will be on trial as he heads into his 2024 re-election campaign. Illegal immigration tops the list as a key concern for voters heading to the polls, along with the economy. Per a July poll conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, an astonishing 62% of respondents say they do not think the U.S. has any control over its borders, and only 11% of respondents say they are satisfied with Biden’s border crisis.
Americans can find solace in one thing: while many families can’t quite afford plane tickets to their dream destinations, at least illegal immigrants have the privilege of handpicking where they touch down. At least someone is benefitting from the Biden presidency.