The Department of Homeland Security will be tracking ‘more’ illegal immigrants with GPS devices because over 70% of illegal immigrants who traveled illegally to the United States as a family unit failed to show up to their immigration hearings… imagine that.
The Associated Press reported that “in September, the Homeland Security Department confided to a group of immigrant advocates during a confidential meeting that about 70 percent of immigrants traveling as families failed to report back to ICE as ordered after they were released at the border.”
According to an Associated Press report, as a result, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this month launched a program to give GPS devices to some parents caught crossing the Mexican border illegally with their children in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.” The program will reportedly track 250 “heads of households” with GPS ankle bracelets.
Border Patrol agents apprehended approximately 70,000 illegal immigrants traveling as families, according to the Associated Press, and “the majority of those people were released with orders to report back to ICE and enroll in a monitoring program called Alternatives to Detention, which allows the government to keep tabs on immigrants while their cases make their way through immigration court.” That “process can take several years,” as there are “more than 429,000 cases are pending in federal immigration court.”
The document says the GPS devices will allow ICE to track the rate of immigrants reporting back to the agency as ordered and the average length of time it takes those people to report. If the program proves successful in getting immigrants to report back to ICE, it may be expanded.
The Associated Press went on to report that ‘more than 429,000 cases are pending in federal immigration court. Thousands of those immigrants are enrolled in the ICE reporting program, which varies from reporting periodically via telephone to being outfitted with a GPS tracking device. According to the ICE document, ICE will be able to monitor about 29,000 immigrants with GPS devices in the coming year.’
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