Biden’s parole program is the immigration success story we’ve been waiting for

Daniel DiMartino
Date of Publication: 
July, 2023
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In January, Texas and other states sued the Biden administration for implementing a parole process that allowed certain Americans and legal residents to sponsor Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans or Venezuelans to enter the United States under some conditions. This month, the plaintiff states agreed to delay the decision on their own lawsuit. If their goal is to reduce illegal immigration — or even to reduce the total number of foreigners in the United States — the group of attorneys general led by Texas would be smart to drop their lawsuit altogether.

The debate over the now-expired Title 42 policy and the country’s border crisis overlooks the most remarkable immigration policy success story we’ve witnessed in decades: the parole process for Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans (CHNV).

The Department of Homeland Security launched the Venezuelan parole process in October; in January, it expanded it for nationals of the other three nations. The effectiveness of CHNV is evident. In a report I recently published with the Manhattan Institute, I estimate that the CHNV process has reduced illegal immigration by more than 380,000 people, simultaneously depriving cartels of hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue, and has increased legal immigration by 102,000 individuals.

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DiMartino, D. (2023, July). Biden’s parole program is the immigration success story we’ve been waiting for. The Hill.