ICE Reportedly Understating Figures of GPS-Tracked Illegal Migrants

ICE Reportedly Understating Figures of GPS-Tracked Illegal Migrants

( – In fiscal year 2022, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) recorded more than 2.37 million total encounters at the Southwest border. Many applied for asylum. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had to detain or track those admitted to the US to await hearings using one of several technological methods available in the Alternative to Detention (ATD) program. Recently, an exclusive investigative report by Daily Caller News Foundation (DCFN) claims to have found discrepancies in ICE reporting, understating the number of GPS-tracked migrants.

According to the DCFN report, On Thursday, December 1, ICE officials, including Director Tae Johnson, attended a closed-door event with non-profits and gave a presentation on the ATD program. In reference to the five types of ATD custody sites they were talking about, presenters said they employed a total of 8,118 ankle-monitor GPS trackers through November 14.

Alternatively, Syracuse University runs the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), which it updates monthly through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by asking for detailed anonymous records for each person in custody, in the ATD program, or on the non-detained docket. The university publishes this data publicly in an interactive, searchable database. So, the DCFN used the TRAC database and found a total of 56,805 GPS ankle monitors reported in use as of November 19.

The DCFN reached out to Jon Feere, a former ICE chief of staff, for perspective and comment. Feere believes the Biden administration is committing fraud, relaying the lower number to anti-enforcement critics while telling the public the higher number. He also said the “massive discrepancy raises questions” about what other prospective lies the administration has told regarding the border and other issues.

What do you think? Are Biden officials simply trying to appease everyone while stalling on border issues?

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