According to documents reviewed by the New York Post, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is currently tasked with monitoring approximately 5.7 million non-detained migrants in the United States.
This estimate does not include those being detained for processing at the border or awaiting deportation.
To provide support for these individuals, ICE has implemented a taxpayer-funded program known as Release and Reporting Management (RRM).
This program aims to offer medical services, food, clothing, housing, and other related benefits to “a large portion” of those on the non-detained docket – an increase of 2.4 million since prior to President Biden’s presidency.
Furthermore, RRM offers “community services” such as legal assistance; psychosocial services; therapeutic services; parental information; education information; repatriation and reintegration services; among others.
“These services are designed to increase participant compliance with immigration obligations through information, stabilization, and support,” ICE continued. “Services will be individualized to each participant’s needs and may range from basic referrals to intensive direct assistance.”
The program seeks to partner with private companies that offer “robust monitoring technology,” including check-in phone calls with biometric voiceprint, smartphone biometric facial comparison, geolocation information, and ankle monitors.
Former ICE Director Tom Homan told the Post the program would likely cost taxpayers “billions” to provide migrants with “welfare” benefits.
“The RRM is just a push by the open border advocates to provide welfare benefits to 6 million people,” Homan stated.
“They’re going to give legal assistance to illegal aliens at the taxpayer’s expense to fight the government,” he continued.
In August, the agency sent a Request for Information (RFI) form to private companies in order to gauge their interest in participating in an upcoming program.
Although the administration has yet to officially launch this initiative, they are still in the planning stages and anticipate sending a Request For Proposal (RFP) to vendors by Fiscal Year 2024.
This new program would be taking the place of ICE’s Alternatives to Detention program, which is currently tracking 194,632 migrants through GPS or other technology.
It is anticipated that additional funding will be required for this new program. When asked for comment on this matter, ICE did not respond.