Migrants Are Allegedly Flown In to Deflate Border Traffic Numbers

(StraightNews.org) – The National Border Patrol Union has accused the Biden administration of falsely deflating migrant numbers by secretly flying immigrants into the US. The organization’s President, Brandon Judd, said the federal government is “paroling people through airports” so that the southern border looks less “out of control” than it is.

Judd explained to the New York Post that the White House intends to keep numbers at the southern border to around 5,000 per day, but the true level of illegal immigration is much higher. He described the figures as “astronomically high” in comparison to the Trump or Obama administrations.

In early March, the Center for Immigration Studies revealed that the new CBP One app, an online platform where migrants can apply for entry to the US, was used in 2023 to fly 320,000 people to American airports. The immigrants were from countries including Cuba, Haiti, and Venezuela, and the flights landed in 43 US airports between January and December last year.

The revelations came after the Center filed a freedom of information lawsuit requiring the federal Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agency to disclose details about the use of CBP One. While the agency provided figures, it would not name the 43 airports, saying it would “reveal operational vulnerabilities that could be exploited by bad actors.”

The Center for Immigration Studies dismissed this explanation, saying “bad actors” can access airport volume through the CBP’s own website.

The website shows significant increases in arrivals at major US airports between 2022 and 2023. Boston’s numbers rose from 6.3 million in 2022 to 3.3 million the following year. Chicago’s figures increased from 6.3 million to 7.9 million, while New York’s numbers jumped from 17.7 million to 22.9 million.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for the CBP said last year that only around 1% of those who apply for admission to the US via the app are rejected. In January, the agency issued a statement saying that more than 413,000 came to America via that route in 2023.

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