Tuesday, February 1, 2022

DHS Begins Tracking Migrants Through Phones After Losing Track of 50,000; 47,705 Migrants Released with Instructions to Report to ICE have Gone Missing Under Biden

DHS begins tracking migrants through phones after losing track of 50,000:
The Biden administration has begun tracking all illegal immigrants released at the southern border into the United States, seeking to reverse course after losing track of nearly 50,000 migrants let go from Border Patrol custody under chaotic circumstances.
Starting in the fall, the Department of Homeland Security opted to conditionally allow noncitizens to leave through a process called parole, three people familiar with the federal immigration operation told the Washington Examiner. Under parole, migrants are still being discharged from Border Patrol facilities on the border, but their records have been digitally transferred to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency responsible for tracking noncitizens within the country. Those released have also been outfitted with ankle monitors or have installed a phone app that allows authorities to keep tabs on them.
The Biden administration implemented the parole policy in an attempt to stop losing track of tens of thousands of migrants as it did by relying on them to check in with the government on their own.
Until early fall, the Biden administration released many from custody with documents known as notices to report — a document telling them to check in with ICE once they reach their destination in the interior of the country. Of 100,000 released and told to report to ICE between mid-March and August, 47,000 failed to check in.
The administration had resorted to issuing notices to report as a last-ditch effort to more quickly process people in custody as illegal migration at the U.S.-Mexico border spiked. Issuing the documents allowed the Border Patrol to save time by not placing each person in court proceedings to ensure that they would appear before a judge for illegally crossing the border.
The new policy will make it easier for the government to track every person, a move that should mollify congressional Republican critics of the administration's reliance on notices to report. At the same time, it will allow the Biden administration to avoid placing migrants in detention, as has been a top goal for Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. --->READ MORE HERE
47,705 migrants released with instructions to report to ICE have gone missing under Biden:
Tens of thousands of migrants who illegally crossed into the United States from Mexico and were released into the country during President Joe Biden’s first year in office have disappeared and are untraceable, according to data from the Department of Homeland Security.
Nearly half, or 47,705, of the more than 100,000 noncitizens who were released from Border Patrol custody at the southern border in 2021 between March 21 and Aug. 31 and given instructions to self-report to Immigration and Customs Enforcement within 60 days have failed to check in, the DHS disclosed to Sen. Ron Johnson, a Wisconsin Republican.
“DHS data shows the practice of issuing [Notices to Report] has been an abysmal failure,” a press release from Johnson said, the top Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.
Before March 21, 2021, when an illegal immigrant was released by the Border Patrol into the U.S. rather than being returned to Mexico or another country of origin, he or she was given a Notice to Appear, a document that requires the person to show up for immigration court at a future date. It placed each person in the legal system, which is backlogged with 1.5 million cases pending, and tracked the person through that date. --->READ MORE HERE
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