(NRSC News) – The crisis along the southern border continues to spiral out of control, meanwhile President Joe Biden and the rest of his administration twiddle their thumbs and whistle a lovely little ditty, pretending that nothing is happening. How bad are things right now? Well, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, also known as ICE, just admitted they have “no records” concerning hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens released into the country with electronic tracking devices, according to a letter that was sent to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC).
What a colossal mess this whole thing has turned out to be. Crime rates are spiking all over the states along the border, with massive increases in drug and human trafficking leading the pack. And yet, none of this has motivated Biden to take any sort of action to seal the border, deport illegals back to their country of origin or otherwise enforce laws we have written on the books.
Well, there are a lot of potential reasons for what amounts to an “open borders” policy from the current administration. One such theory posits that Democrats are playing games with demographics, hoping to create a massive wave of new left-wing voters by hooking illegal aliens on “free stuff” and pushing a fear-based narrative that unless they help Democrats get elected, Republicans will strip away their goodies.
The Daily Caller’s Jennie Taer wrote, “ICE informed TRAC that it had ‘no records’ of the 377,980 individuals monitored by the agency’s “Alternatives to Detention” (ATD) program used to electronically track illegal immigrants released into the country. TRAC had asked for data via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on those in ATD custody from the start of fiscal year 2019 to August 2022.”
“ICE’s response that they could no longer find records on immigrants in Alternatives to Detention (ATD) that they had previously released came as a shock, particularly after they informed us recently that they had been misleading the public for several months by releasing extremely inaccurate ATD data. The agency really needs to come clean. The American public deserves to have accurate data about the ATD program,” TRAC assistant Professor Austin Kocher said in a statement given to the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Taer continued, “ICE started the ATD program in 2004 to monitor illegal migrants released into the country using ankle monitors, GPS tracking and cellphones. With limited detention space, ICE relies on the program to hold those awaiting the years-long backlogs in immigration courts. The agency has previously provided TRAC with data on individuals enrolled in ATD, disclosing which technology was used, dates of entry into the program among other key details.”
Just days after announcing that the agency had been misleading to the public for months about how many immigrants were on gps ankle monitors, @icegov claims it can’t find records on over 350,000 immigrants in alternatives to detention program.https://t.co/UVzYiyklLG pic.twitter.com/mAJKz9UfPw
— Austin Kocher, PhD (@ackocher) December 28, 2022
The latest issue that TRAC has with ICE isn’t the first time that information on the ATD programs has come under fire.
In fact, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported recently on errors and miscalculations in the data from the ATD program concerning illegal aliens not being tracked with any technology and others being tracked by GPS monitoring. At that time, ICE revealed privately that it had disclosed different data to participants of a private event that showed an over 18,000 percent discrepancy in public information on those who were not tracked with any technology, while another 600 percent difference in the publicly released GPS tracking information.
ICE later issued an apology and then updated the data.
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