Report suggests migrant problem exacerbated by secret flights

by ian

The border crisis, and immigration as a whole, has become the top concern for voters this year, according to certain polls.

Republicans say the issue is exacerbated by the Biden administration’s “open border policies.” Democrats, however, say that the GOP is playing political games by sending migrants from border towns to northern “sanctuary” cities. But a new report suggests that the Biden administration is not innocent of the same accusation.

According to a release from the Center for Immigration Studies, the Biden administration has approved multiple “secretive flights” for migrants through U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

FISM News has previously reported on such flights – going as far back as December 2021. There was never a good enough estimate on how many migrants arrived in the U.S. this way, and where it was they arrived. The new information in this report, however, sheds some light on these numbers.

A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit issued by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) says that the government has approved flights into 43 American airports from January through December of 2023. These American airports, according to the CIS report, “have received 320,000 inadmissible aliens” within that same time.

These flights are all part of a program through the CBP One smartphone app, which began in late 2022. CIS notes that the government would not relinquish precise locations for any of the participating airports – domestically and abroad.

The government reportedly claims that these flights have created “operational vulnerabilities” that “bad actors” could utilize at these specific airports to undermine what it said were its efforts to “secure the United States border.”

The CIS report sums that argument up in the following sentence:

In short, the Biden administration’s legally dubious program to fly inadmissible aliens over the border and directly to U.S. airports has allegedly created law enforcement vulnerabilities too grave to release publicly, lest “bad actors” take advantage of them to inflict harm on public safety.

The report later clarifies that the Center rejects this explanation, citing the fact that “CBP pre-screens and pre-schedules the arrival of CBP One applicants at each port of entry.”

Ultimately, this report casts doubt that the many migrant crises faced by non-border cities were created solely by politicians like Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

This report states that knowing the airport locations would “undoubtedly provide a more accurate and complete picture of what is happening, though the administration would not be able to blame the Texas governor for these arrivals.”

CIS’s Chief FOIA Counsel, Colin Farnsworth, said he and his team will push for a total release of this information.