So, we’re putting illegal migrants —some of whom are known criminals —on the honor system now? That’s the Biden Administration’s big plan: take a smartphone so we can track you AND DEFINITELY don’t throw it in the trash the second you get around the corner. Seriously, don’t.
The DHS looks pathetic. 300,000 smartphones were handed out to illegal migrants in the month of September —my own kid doesn’t have a phone. Oh and the smartphones, which cost taxpayers $361,218.08 per day, use facial recognition, GPS monitoring, and voice identification.
Pretty fancy. Very expensive. You could almost call that a perk —an incentive —to illegally cross into the United States: free high-tech phone.
Adding insult to injury, the phone tracking program, part of ICE’s Alternatives to Detention program, is already a proven failure.
“This sort of thing is popular among the left. It sounds great but the reality is that people in these programs will likely never be [deported],” former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Ron Vitiello told the Free Beacon. “There’s nothing at the end of these programs. If they don’t report in, that’s that. They’re now a fugitive.”
Jon Feere, former DHS senior adviser and director of investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Free Beacon last month that ATD is a “costly failure” —he’s not holding out much hope for the smartphone program.
“[T]here’s no reason to think this will be any different,” Feere said. “The goal should be to quickly determine whether these individuals have a valid case, and if not, to quickly deport them.”
But the ATD program is ballooning out of control. Feere says DHS is developing a massive social services program that will benefit non-governmental organizations —more waste; more bureaucracy.
The Daily Caller reports the ATD program had 91,793 illegal immigrants enrolled in 2020. And by the fiscal year 2021, the program had 136,026 illegal immigrants.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered a record number of over 2 million migrants at the southern border between October 2021 and August 2022. Free phones won’t do anything to stop the crisis —in fact, they make it worse.