Over the course of the last year, the Biden Administration’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has given out free cell phones to at least 255,000 illegal aliens who either crossed the border or were captured and released into the United States.
Breitbart reports that the data was published by the DHS, as part of the department’s broader Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, which seeks other methods of handling illegals besides simply apprehending and deporting them. The DHS claims that the purpose of the cell phone scheme was to be able to track their locations using the phones.
To this end, the over 255,000 phones were given to illegals over a one-year period between October 1st, 2021, and September 30th, 2022. The phones themselves are allegedly incapable of making calls or searching the internet. The program costs approximately $360,000 per day.
In Fiscal Year 2021, only about 26,000 illegals were given cell phones in the same fashion, thus indicating an 880 percent increase in 2022.
Since Biden first took power and implemented an “open-borders” policy on immigration, the number of illegals who have entered the United States currently exceeds 2.2 million; this includes those who have made the border crossing without being detected by Border Patrol agents, which are known as “gotaways.” Since January of 2021, at least 1.35 million illegals have ultimately been released into the country after being apprehended. The DHS’s designated “non-detained docket” has released over 3.3 million illegals.
In addition to the phones, the Biden Administration has formally proposed a policy to hand out federal identification cards to all illegal aliens. The explicitly stated purpose of this scheme is to make it easier for illegals to access public benefits such as healthcare, housing, and education, something that Biden promised he would do on the campaign trail, at the taxpayers’ expense.