As if things are not chaotic enough at our southern border because of the insane policies of the Biden Administration, it was just reported this week that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is underreporting the number of illegal aliens released into the country without any tracking technology by more than 18,000%.
This information has come from an internal document exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
ICE released the document to people within the organization including ICE Director Tae Johnson, some other key officials in the agency, and leaders from various nonprofit organizations. These people had gathered at an event focused on the “Alternatives to Detention” program within ICE.
This program was put into place in 2004 to monitor illegal aliens released into the U.S. interior with ankle bracelets and cell phones. ICE released to those attending the event that 49,459 illegal aliens aren’t monitored with any tracking equipment as of Nov. 14. But according to ICE’s website, it says that there are just 266 as of November 19. That is a major contradiction.
The almost 50,000 illegal aliens mean that they are under-reporting at a massive 18,000%. When asked for a comment about the discrepancy, ICE refused to offer one.
A former ICE officer with knowledge about this particular “Alternatives to Detention” program told the media, “The Biden administration is hostile to transparency, and when it does publish data, it refuses to respond to media inquiries regarding significant discrepancies like this. Likely, ICE communication staffers are having a lot of difficulty defending this administration’s chaotic and lawless policies.”
There was another person familiar with the program who also confirmed the accuracy of the number released at the event.
This program was put into place in 2004 so that it could be a “flight-mitigation tool” used when illegal aliens were released into the country while they were waiting for court proceedings that might take several years before they happened, according to the document ICE released.
The Biden Administration has faced self-imposed chaos at the southern border since taking office in 2020. There has been a record increase in illegal immigration and, at the same time, the White House has pushed to limit ICE enforcement and deportations.
Record Increase in Illegal Immigration at Southern Border
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 2.3 million migrants at the southern border in the fiscal year 2022. They faced 230,000 migrants just this past October.
This issue is “self-imposed” by Biden due to decisions like his implementation of a 100-day moratorium on deportations on the day he entered office. Fortunately, a federal judge struck that decision down.
The underreporting fiasco by ICE is just one of the glaring problems the department is facing right now. It was forced to admit recently that it accidentally published the identities and other private information of more than 6,000 illegal immigrants held in federal custody while seeking asylum in the United States.
ICE released a statement indicating that it “accidentally” published the names, birthdates, nationalities, and detention locations of 6,252 asylum seekers that are in custody right now.
An ICE spokesperson wrote in the statement, “while performing routine updates, a document was erroneously posted to ICE.gov for approximately five hours that included names and other personally identifiable information, along with immigration information, of approximately 6,000 noncitizens in ICE custody. Upon notification, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement took swift action to immediately rectify the error.”
The incident is under review by ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO). One immigration advocate said this was “illegal and ethically unconscionable, a mistake that must never be repeated.”