Posted on May 5, 2024

400,000 Migrants Flown to US Under Biden Parole Program ‘Likely Staying Here Forever’: Experts

Jennie Taer, New York Post, May 1, 2024

The roughly 400,000 migrants allowed into the US under the Biden administration’s Cuban, Haitian, Nicaraguan and Venezuelan [CHVN] parole program will most likely stay in the US indefinitely, several experts told The Post

The program first began in October 2022 for Venezuelans and was expanded in November 2023 to allow 30,000 migrants per month to enter the US for up to two years “for urgent humanitarian reasons or significant public benefit.”

Department of Homeland Security data revealed 400,000 migrants have taken advantage of the program by the end of February.

Immigration experts say the huge influx — equivalent to 1,000 people per day — are unlikely to simply go home at the end of the two year parole period.

“They’re overwhelming the system [which] more than likely will result in these people staying here forever,” Donald Trump’s former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan told The Post.

Parolees have three options — the DHS can extend their parole period, they can hire a lawyer to establish legal residency or illegally overstay in the US.


Former ICE field office director John Fabbricatore confirmed to The Post that if parolees on the program are not removed by the Biden administration, many are likely to overstay and “be added to the non-detained ICE docket,” meaning they will be listed, but not actively pursued.

Fabbricatore wanred that docket currently has around “seven million cases ICE is already monitoring.”


All parolees who arrived through the program can apply for visas, asylum, and some can try for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which temporarily shields them from removal based on issues in their home countries.