The US spends $361,218 a day monitoring illegal immigrants with a faulty smartphone system

The US spends $361,218 a day monitoring illegal immigrants with a faulty smartphone system

As if that record wasn’t scandalous enough 2.5 million illegal immigrants Crossing the border into the US in fiscal year 2022, the Biden administration unleashed hundreds of thousands of them into the country with taxpayer-funded smartphones that were supposed to track them but failed miserably to do so. It’s part of the controversial Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program and costs the government a staggering $361,218 per day, according to the end of the year. Numbers (Fiscal year ended in September) issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). New records reveal that the agency issued immigrants with 255,602 smartphones, 40,970 GPS devices, and 19902 voice ID apps prior to its launch.

The idea is to track down illegal aliens who are waiting for a court date. According to the agency, “ICE’s ATD program uses technology and other tools to manage undocumented individuals’ compliance with release terms while on the non-custodial registry.” Immigration and Customs Enforcement acknowledges that “it is not a substitute for detention,” but it does allow the agency “to exercise more oversight over a portion of the non-detained.” The program began in 2004 and has grown significantly under the Biden administration. As of August 2020, more than 3.3 million illegal immigrants are on the non-detained list, according to ICE. Of those, the agency monitors about 5%. The agency’s local Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers determine the appropriate type of monitoring for each immigrant. This includes GPS devices, telephone reports, or a smartphone app. “ATD seeks to increase compliance with terms of release, habeas corpus and final deportation orders while allowing non-citizens to remain in their communities,” according to an ICE fact sheet.

Unlawful aliens released into the country using smartphones make up a small part of the growing ATD program, which cost taxpayers $440 million in fiscal year 2021 compared to $149 million in 2020. There are varying degrees of oversight and monitoring options and on average ​There is one ATD case manager option for every 125 undocumented immigrants, as ICE discloses in the program factsheet. The level of supervision and technology assigned to participants depends on criminal history, compliance history, community or family ties, being a caregiver or caregiver and other humanitarian or medical conditions. Along with the technology, the software uses “case management protocols” to track illegal aliens, which is referred to as “non-citizen compliance” monitoring.

A former senior advisor to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said in a recent press report that the ATD program has proven to be ‘costly failure’ and that thousands of illegal aliens disappear from surveillance every year. “The goal should be to quickly determine whether these individuals have a valid case and, if not, quickly deport them,” former Department of Homeland Security advisor John Ferry says in the article. In the same story, former acting ICE director Ron Vitilo said ATD is popular with the left and sounds great, but the truth is that illegal immigrants in the program will likely never be deported. “There is nothing at the end of these programmes,” Vitello said. “If they don’t report, that’s it. Now they’re on the run.” The story centered on the government’s recent $80 million contract for a highly questionable new system that monitors illegal aliens but outlaws the use of GPS technology.

Once again in the midst of COVID-19, the Biden administration has released criminal aliens from prison to avoid spreading the virus under an impromptu bail arrangement that requires a similar honor agreement with lawbreakers, home confinement. Some prisoners have been convicted of serious crimes such as aggravated assault with a weapon, drug smuggling, domestic violence, fraud, and extortion. Not surprisingly, convicts of illegal aliens have left their homes hundreds of times despite federal court orders to stay at home. An illegal alien left his home 214 times in one month and 78 times. Others violated house arrest orders on dozens of occasions and one illegal immigrant left 17 times in one day. Bail violations are well documented with data provided by court-commissioned GPS monitoring.

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