President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given cellphones to track more than 255,000 border crossers and illegal aliens released into the United States in the past year.
The data, released by DHS, reveals the extent to which the Biden administration has increased the size of the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program to more easily and quickly release hundreds of thousands of border crossers and illegal aliens into American communities.
Hundreds of thousands more border crossers and illegal aliens are released into the US interior with only Notices to Appear (NTAs) in federal immigration court at later dates. Federal data has long suggested that a small fraction of border crossers and illegal aliens end up with valid asylum claims.
The latest data from ATD shows that from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022, Biden’s DHS gave cell phones to track more than 255,000 border crossers and illegal aliens. The phones are meant to be used so the service can track their locations. Phones cannot be used for Internet browsing or other calls.
The cost to American taxpayers is over $360,000 every day.
By comparison, just 26,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were given cellphones for tracking purposes in fiscal year 2021 — indicating that the Biden administration increased use of the program by about 880 percent.
The number of border crossers and illegal aliens released to DHS’s “non-detention facility” now exceeds 3.3 million — an undocumented alien population roughly seven times the population of Miami, Florida. As the data suggests, less than 10 percent of those border crossings and illegal aliens released into the U.S. are tracked by the agency.
Since Biden took office in late January 2021, his DHS has released approximately 1.35 million border and illegal aliens into American communities — exceeding the populations of eight states.
In all, about 2.2 million border crossers and illegal aliens have arrived in the U.S. since Biden took office, including those who successfully crossed the border without being detected by Border Patrol agents.
Months ago, the Biden administration publicly defended its proposal to begin issuing federal ID cards to border crossers and illegal aliens they plan to release into American communities. The aim of the proposal is to facilitate the securing of public benefits.