Do you remember the free Obama phone?
Well, now Democrats have gone even further.
The Biden admin is now using US taxpayer dollars to give illegal immigrants free smartphones.
Former press secretary Jen Psaki stated the free phones were part of The Alternatives to Detention Program which aims to track illegal immigrants.
As of October over 300,000 smart phones have been given away.
Biden administration giving cell phones to illegal immigrants https://t.co/YV9efiCHvd
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 7, 2022
Fox News shared these details:
The White House confirmed Wednesday that illegal immigrants are being provided with electronic devices, notably cell phones, in an effort for the Biden administration to “track” and “check in” with them as they await immigration court proceedings.
Asked by Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy about the initiative, White House press secretary Jen Psaki the purpose was to monitor illegal immigrants.
“We need to take steps to ensure that we know where individuals are and we can track and we can check in with them,” Psaki said.
“The Alternatives to Detention Program, which is what we utilize, has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program,” Psaki said. “Telephonic is one of them, which uses a participant’s voice to create a biometric voiceprint during the enrollment process. And when the participant has a check-in call, their voice is compared to the voiceprint.”
“Smartlink, which is another option, enables participant monitoring via smartphone or tablet using facial matching technology to establish identity,” Psaki continued. She also noted the government’s “Global Positioning System” which monitors the location and movement history of illegal immigrants awaiting trial through an ankle bracelet.
Illegal immigrants get a free smartphone from Border Patrol as part of their welcome package. pic.twitter.com/FRuYIHbLpT
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) December 28, 2022
ABC 4 News had tehse details to add:
In a costly endeavor, President Joe Biden’s administration has reportedly issued over 300,000 smartphones to noncitizens who have migrated to the United States.
The phones are meant to track the newcomers who are awaiting court dates, according to U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and use facial recognition, GPS monitoring and voice identification.
It’s all a part of the “Alternatives to Detention Program (ATD).” The smartphones cost taxpayers $361,218.08 per day, according to ICE.
— CBS2 News (@CBS2Boise) October 7, 2022