Although reports indicate that border authorities have encountered nearly 7 million undocumented migrants in the less than three years since President Joe Biden was inaugurated, it is impossible to accurately assess how many have been allowed to essentially disappear into communities across the United States during that time.
The White House has confirmed, however, that the number of migrants currently under the supervision of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has increased from 3.3 million to 5.7 million since the beginning of the current administration.
BREAKING REPORT: Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] ADMITS it is currently overseeing a RECORD 5.7 MILLION MIGRANTS in the United States..
President Biden now wants to provide 'medical services and housing' to all.
"Release and Reporting Management" [RRM] program:… pic.twitter.com/vtXnZxXOkx
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Instead of heeding the demands of critics on both sides of the aisle to increase border security and strengthen immigration law enforcement, however, Biden has opted to spend U.S. taxpayer money on new welfare benefits for migrants who entered the nation illegally.
According to a recent ICE report, the new “Release and Reporting Management” program will provide millions of migrants with free access to food, housing, and healthcare. Meanwhile, American citizens will be on the hook for billions of dollars on top of the Biden administration’s already excessive deficit spending.
Accompanying documents included a list of other benefits that the undocumented migrants can expect, including legal assistance, transportation, education, unspecified forms of therapy, and “psychosocial services.”
Tom Homan, who previously served as the director of ICE, described the initiative as “just a push by the open border advocates to provide welfare benefits to 6 million people.”
Worse yet, he noted that the promise of free legal assistance will allow “illegal aliens at the taxpayers’ expense to fight the government.”
A request-for-information form provided to potential vendors interested in distributing the government largesse claims that the “services are designed to increase participant compliance with immigration obligations through information, stabilization, and support” and “will be individualized to each participant’s needs and may range from basic referrals to intensive direct assistance.”
ICE is describing the new program as a more expensive replacement to the Alternatives to Detention program implemented nearly two decades ago. It remains to be seen whether the promise of taxpayer-funded handouts will lead to an increase in monitoring, but the agency provided an estimate for fiscal year 2023 that fewer than 195,000 of the nearly 6 million undocumented migrants in the ADT program were being monitored via technological means such as GPS.