by Jennie Taer
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%, according to an internal document exclusively obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation.
ICE disseminated the document to participants, including ICE Director Tae Johnson and other top agency officials as well as leaders from nonprofit organizations, of a Thursday event about ICE’s “Alternatives to Detention” program, which the agency put in place in 2004 to monitor illegal aliens released into the U.S. interior with ankle bracelets and cell phones. ICE disclosed to the attendees that there are 49,459 illegal aliens that aren’t monitored with any tracking equipment as of Nov. 14, while its own website says there are 266 as of Nov. 19.
The figure sent to the program attendees is over 18,000% more than the figure ICE has on its website.
The agency put Alternatives to Detention in place in 2004, and is used as a “flight-mitigation tool” when illegal aliens are released into the country and are waiting for their years-long court proceedings, according to the document.
The Biden administration continues to face many challenges with immigration enforcement, in part due to a record surge in illegal migration and a push to limit ICE enforcement and deportations since the president took office. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) encountered more than 2.3 million migrants at the southern border in fiscal year 2022 and more than 230,000 migrants in October.
ICE didn’t respond to the DCNF’s request for comment.
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Jennie Taer is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation.
Photo “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement” by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.