(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 across the US-Mexico border, according to a Homeland Security spokesman.
The administration wants changes to who comes over the border, which includes many Venezuelans, Cubans and Nicaraguans. In October, the government implemented a new program designed to provide a designed route for Venezuelans to enter the US without crossing the US-Mexico border.
Officials have credited the program with reducing the number of Venezuelans crossing the US-Mexico border from under 1,000 per day to an average of about 100 per day now.
Between mid-October and November 30, more than 14,000 Venezuelans have been tested and approved. The spokeswoman said more than 5,900 have already arrived in the United States. When the administration started the program, officials said they would accept 24,000 Venezuelans.
“The data show that while there is a legal and orderly way for people under investigation to travel to the United States, people are unwilling to put their lives in the hands of smugglers,” the spokesperson said.