Friday, May 27, 2022

Republican Slams ICE for Yearlong Nonresponse on No-Bid Migrant Housing Contract; Should Congress Continue Funding ICE’s Alternatives to Detention?

Republican slams ICE for yearlong nonresponse on no-bid migrant housing contract
A House Republican slammed Immigration and Customs Enforcement for failing to disclose key information a year after he inquired about a massive migrant detention contract that was given to a Biden transition team official's organization.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) sent a letter to acting ICE Director Tae Johnson on Thursday, inquiring about the government’s delay in responding to his March 31, 2021, letter and new revelations that nonprofit contractor Endeavors wasted $17 million of the $87 million contract to house migrant families. The Washington Examiner first reported on the deal in April 2021.
“After more than a year of opportunities, ICE has failed to provide substantive explanations regarding its no-bid contract with Endeavors or the egregious conflict of interest involved with the organization and the Biden Administration,” Clyde said in a statement provided to the Washington Examiner. "ICE has wasted a whopping $17 million of taxpayer money on empty hotel rooms intended for illegal migrants. This latest example of incompetence underscores the dire need for proper congressional oversight and thorough investigations.” --->Read more here
Should Congress Continue Funding ICE’s Alternatives to Detention?
Fox News recently obtained a draft report on the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, also known as the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP). Though unfinished, the information contained in this draft report provides transparency into a significant part of immigration enforcement, one that deserves greater attention as waves of illegal aliens enter the United States at an alarming pace. (To read a copy of the full report, see here.)
The Biden administration has significantly expanded the use of ATD, preferring to release illegal aliens into the interior of the United States over detaining them in an ICE detention facility during the pendency of their immigration court proceedings. Forms of ATD monitoring include GPS ankle bracelets, telephonic reporting where aliens are expected to call a case supervisor at designated times, and a cell phone application called SmartLINK, which started as a pilot program in 2018.
This draft report was requested by Congress many years back and has been circulated throughout ICE and DHS for review and edits for quite some time. Fox News reports it obtained this draft from a source within DHS, but it is important to understand that this draft appears to be current as of the first quarter of FY 2020 and has likely since been further edited with newer figures.
Does ISAP Advance ICE’s mission? As explained in the draft report, ISAP “uses case management and technology to monitor a small segment of individuals assigned to the non-detained docket.” The Biden administration’s budget describes the program as one that allows illegal aliens “to remain in their communities” — meaning American communities — rather than remain in detention while their case is pending. Put simply, an alternative to detention is simply a means to monitor a non-detained illegal alien until they abscond, are deported, or are given lawful status to remain in the United States.
This draft report notes that there are 1.6 million illegal aliens with pending immigration cases who are not detained. This data is from the first part of 2020, so the number is likely higher today. Of this, only a small portion of aliens are put on a form of monitoring, meaning that ICE is only keeping tabs on a limited number of individuals through the program. --->READ MORE HERE
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