The Biden government’s plans provide these 5.7 million migrants in the United States with free medical services, food, and housing.
The record number of non-detained migrants being mintied by ICE, 2.4 million more than before Biden entered the White House, was buried in paperwork detailing its “Release and Reporting Management” (RRM) program.
The plan would be for private vendors to join ICE’s monitoring of migrants through ankle monitors, phone apps, and in-person check-ins.
The initiative also aims to provide other perks at the expense of the taxpayer.
The program, which would cost “billions,” would effectively be a “welfare” program for non-detained migrants awaiting court dates, former ICE director Tom Homan.
“The RRM is just a push by the open border advocates to provide welfare benefits to 6 million people,” the former ICE director continued.
As The New York Post reported:
RRM is anticipated to “replace all of ICE’s non-detained programs” and would “apply to the entire non-detained docket,” a question-and-answer form ICE published in September reads, clarifying: “The current non-detained docket is 5.7M.”
Those held in ICE detention for processing at the border or in facilities awaiting deportation are not included in the 5.7 million figure.
The services for “all RRM participants” would include:
Food and clothing banks
Public transportation information
Education information, and repatriation and reintegration services
“These services are designed to increase participant compliance with immigration obligations through information, stabilization, and support,” the RFI form reads.
“Services will be individualized to each participant’s needs and may range from basic referrals to intensive direct assistance,” it adds.
Homan criticized the program for providing legal assistance to migrants who crossed over the border.
“They’re going to give legal assistance to illegal aliens at the taxpayers’ expense to fight the government,” he said.
All the services combined are a “massive giveaway that is going to cost billions of dollars.”
The number of migrants in the country under ICE monitoring stood at 3.26 million in fiscal year 2020 and had exploded to 4.7 million by fiscal year 2022, according to ICE records.
When migrants are admitted to the US to pursue asylum claims, most have to check in with ICE on a regular basis at an office in the area where they are staying. Others have ankle monitors or have to check in via an app with facial recognition.
In 2021, each case manager had an average of 125 people in the scheme to monitor, according to a fact sheet produced by the agency.
In August, ICE sent out a Request for Information (RFI) form to US “vendors” to gauge their interest in participating in the government-funded program.
The Biden administration is in the planning phase and has not rolled out RRM, but plans to send out a “Request for Proposal” to vendors in fiscal year 2024, the ICE Q&A form reads.
RRM is intended to replace its “precursor,” Alternatives to Detention (ATD), which was released in 2004, according to the RFI form. The new Biden initiative would “require additional funding” beyond what is currently allocated for ATD, the Q&A form says.
Only 194,632 migrants are being tracked by GPS or other technology in the ATD program, ICE estimated in fiscal year 2023, meaning millions of migrants are roaming the country untracked.
US Customs and Border Protection has encountered a record-breaking number of migrants during Biden’s presidency. In fiscal year 2022, the number of encounters topped 2.76 million, according to agency data.
The government previously admitted to losing track of 177,000 migrants after they were released into the US, according to a Department of Homeland Security report.