Biden DHS Hands Out Cell Phones to Over 255,000 Illegal Aliens

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.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: ROMA, TEXAS - AUGUST 14: A smuggler guides a group of immigrants across the Rio Grande to cross the border from Mexico on August 14, 2021 in Roma, Texas. Recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection figures show more than 200,000 people were apprehended at the border in July, the highest number in 21 years. More than 82,000 of those were family members traveling together. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)