Biden administration reportedly more than triples number of migrants released in US with cellphone and GPS monitoring
President Joe Biden’s administration has reportedly greatly expanded the use of a program that releases illegal aliens to the United States, who are then monitored via phones and tracking devices while their immigration applications are processed.
According to data from the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), 316,700 migrants were enrolled in the government’s Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program as of September 24, up 266% from when Biden took office in January 2021. The figures, which were obtained by a data collection group at Syracuse University and first reported by The Daily Caller, showed the number of foreigners enrolled in the ATD program had never exceeded 300,000 until last month and had never exceeded 200,000 until last March. .
The scheme, which costs $2.2 billion a year, is touted as a way to free up detention space while ensuring migrants show up in court for a hearing on their immigration cases. However, with the nation’s immigration courts backed and overwhelmed by increased migrant smuggling across the US-Mexico border, most participants are removed from the ATD program before their cases are concluded. A report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) last June showed that around a quarter of ATD dismissed applicants flee immigration services rather than show up for their hearings and likely be deported.
With two months left in the government’s fiscal year, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers reportedly apprehended more than two million illegal aliens at the southern border at the end of the August, a record. There would have been around 220,000 additional crossings in September, a monthly record.
Technology used to track migrants under the ATD program, such as GPS devices, costs taxpayers more than $361,000 a day, on average, according to DHS figures. The GAO said DHS has not provided complete data on the number of illegal aliens who flee the system and cannot be located.
The department announced an additional ATD initiative in June, a pilot program that provides funding to nonprofit groups and local governments to provide migrants with services such as mental health care, legal counseling and cultural orientation. . For ATD participants who end up being deported to their home country, the pilot program offers “departure and reintegration planning services”.
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