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House Republicans demand answers over 320,000 illegal immigrants flown into the US

The lawmakers are asking questions such as which cities the illegal immigrants are being flown into and how much the flights cost. 

Published: March 10, 2024 4:38pm

House Republicans are demanding answers from the Biden administration after newly surfaced documents show that about 320,000 illegal immigrants from Latin America were flown into cities across the United States amid already record-high numbers of migrant encounters at the southern Border. 

Nearly two dozen House Republicans sent a letter Friday to Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner Troy Miller after the Center for Immigration Studies obtained information through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that showed 43 U.S. airports have received 320,000 illegal immigrants in 2023 alone. 

The lawmakers are asking the acting commissioner to answer questions about the program, such as which cities the illegal immigrants are being flown into, what dates the flights occurred and how much the flights cost. 

The Republicans also expressed concerns that "there could be additional illegal immigrants on the terrorist watch list who could be flown into cities across the United States" through the federal program.

The number of migrants flown into the U.S. by the government is significantly larger than those transported to major cities by Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, who has been blamed for an influx of migrants across the nation due to his Operation Lone Star program. Texas officials have transported more than 105,300 migrants throughout the U.S. by Texas officials, the governor's office said Friday.

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