(CNN) – More than 14,000 Venezuelans have been approved to travel to the United States under a parole program launched by the Joe Biden administration to stem the flow of migrants to the US-Mexico border, according to a Homeland Security spokesperson.
The administration wants to change who comes to the border, which includes many Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans. In October, the government implemented a new program designed to provide a designed pathway for Venezuelans to enter the United States without crossing the US-Mexico border.
Officials have credited the program with reducing the number of Venezuelans crossing the US-Mexico border from more than 1,000 per day on average to only about 100 per day for now.
Between mid-October and November 30, more than 14,000 Venezuelans have been tested and certified. The spokesman said more than 5,900 have already arrived in the United States. When the administration launched the program, officials said they would accept up to 24,000 Venezuelans.
“The data shows that when there is a legal and orderly way for people under investigation to travel to the United States, people are less inclined to put their lives in the hands of smugglers,” the spokesperson said.
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