Biden administration secretly flew in 320,000 illegal immigrants

Published 7 March 2024
- By Editorial Staff
These men are not the migrants referred to in the text.

President Joe Biden’s administration has admitted to transporting hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants to the US on secret flights.

Meanwhile, immigration lawyers argue that the migrants’ final destinations must be kept secret to avoid creating ‘national security vulnerabilities’.

US Customs and Border Protection is refusing to disclose information about a programme that last year secretly arranged direct flights for hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants from foreign airports to US cities, the Daily Mail reports.

At the same time as record numbers of illegal immigrants from Latin America were streaming across the US southern border, the White House was transporting an additional 320,000 migrants directly into the US. Critics point out that the migrants were able to use a mobile phone app to easily enter the US by air – even though they had no legal right to be in the country.

Documents released as part of a lawsuit show how Customs and Border Protection under Biden authorised the transport of illegal migrants from foreign countries to at least 43 different airports between January and December 2023.

The “programme” was one of Biden’s measures to make it easier for migrants to obtain asylum in the US by using a specially designed mobile app to apply for asylum in the US from their home countries. It was also claimed that it would reduce illegal immigration via Mexico.

“Legally dubious”

“Aliens who cannot legally enter the U.S. use CBP One to apply for travel authorization and temporary humanitarian release from those airports. Under this parole release, migrants are able to remain in the U.S. for two years without obtaining legal status and meanwhile are eligible for work authorization”, the newspaper writes.

At first, the administration said it would not reveal which airports the migrants were transported to, citing a “law enforcement exemption”. But it soon changed its mind and is now refusing to disclose the information, fearing that “bad actors” could use the information to harm national security or create “operational vulnerabilities”.

Customs and Border Protection lawyers also argue that releasing the airports used would “reveal information about the relative number of individuals arriving, and thus resources expended at particular airports”.

The Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigration think-tank, called the secret flights “legally dubious” and “not a program that should continue”.