Jen Psaki (White House Press Secretary), responded to questions by Peter Doocy from Fox News, that Biden’s administration gives smartphones to illegal immigrant who cross the border.
“Our team in Texas is … saying that you guys are starting to give smartphones to border crossers, hoping that they’ll use the phones to check-in or to be tracked,” Doocy said. “Which part of that is supposed to deter people from crossing illegally into the states?”
Psaki stated that the idea is to use this “telephonic” method to “track” illegal immigrants as they await court proceedings.
“I think you of all people … would recognize that we need to take steps to ensure that we know where individuals are and we can track — and we can check in with them,” she shot back.
Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked the White House about reports of migrants receiving smart phones from the Biden admin — Jen Psaki explains how technology is used at the border pic.twitter.com/GznvFJLDmt
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) April 6, 2022
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Smartphones for Illegal Immigrants
Doocy was quick to point out that illegal immigrants are not bound to check in simply because they’re being handed smartphones when they cross the border.
“Any concern by folks around here that these migrants will take the phones and just toss them?” he asked.
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Psaki suggested this wasn’t a concern, demanding proof that illegal immigrants are actively discarding their phones and roaming free throughout the country rather than being ‘tracked’ by the administration.
“Do you have a record of people throwing phones away?” she demanded, as if the onus of informing the people about government programs is not in her purview.
Doocy: Any concern by folks around here that these migrants will take the phones & just toss them?
Psaki: Is there a list of phones that have been thrown away by people?
Doocy: I’m just asking if that is a concern.
Psaki: Let’s make sure [they]…proceed thru our process. pic.twitter.com/dC1juIdmWq
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2022
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No cost phones
Psaki would continue to insist that the handing out of smartphones to illegal immigrants is a successful approach, and used a new Orwellian term for illegal immigration: “Irregularly migrate.”
“Our concern is ensuring that individuals who irregularly migrate to the United States proceed through our process of, you know, of course, being monitored, but also participating in hearings to determine whether or not they will be able to stay,” she explained.
According to the White House, numbers were used as support for her argument.
“I would note that nearly 80 percent of non-citizens released at the border from DHS custody under prosecutorial discretion have either received a notice to appear or are still within their window to report,” she claimed.
“So, actually, the vast, vast majority of people are appearing.”
In fact, the actual number is around 80% Terrible number – leaving tens of thousands of people, at the very least, totally unaccounted for.
Border agents and officials are reportedly concerned about a looming “disaster” of an influx of illegal immigrants once Title 42 is lifted by the Biden administration in May, suggesting the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border could surge to 170,000 per month.
Citing Psaki’s numbers, 20% are currently not appearing for court dates. This would mean that 34,000 illegal immigrants won’t report to court after they are released next month with Biden smartphones.
Jen Psaki says “now is not the time” for illegal immigrants to come to the United States.
Biden, however, is giving all of them free smartphones and letting them stay.🤔 pic.twitter.com/anzMp1jeKh
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 6, 2022
Non-new: Illegal immigrants not eligible for free phones
However, the Biden administration has been giving away smartphones for free to illegal immigrants by giving out federal entities.
Google searches show reports that such programs were in existence at least back to 2016, during the Obama presidency.
The LA Times reports February 2016,
“A federal government contractor is issuing smartphones to immigrant families released from two massive Texas detention centers as a way to ensure that they are able to contact case managers and reach their U.S. destinations.
“Officials described the phones as part of a less-restrictive alternative to detention programs designed to make sure that low-risk immigrant families with pending cases show up for court.”
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) criticized the Biden administration for handing out “free phones” to illegal immigrants.
Hawley addressed DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas in a separate letter. He also discussed reports that the Biden administration may consider taking medical resources away from veterans to offer COVID vaccinations to illegal immigrant.
🚨One idea being floated: pulling medical personnel from Veterans Affairs to assist “We’re going to take medical services away from people that really deserve that. Who went to combat…to give free medical attention to illegal migrants” CBP source tell me.
— Hillary Vaughn (@hillary__vaughn) March 31, 2022
“I am particularly alarmed at new reports suggesting that DHS plans to divert doctors from the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide free medical resources to those crossing our border illegally,” Hawley wrote.
The Biden administration isn’t trying to deter anybody from crossing the border illegally, in fact, they are enticing them to do so.
Psaki notes that in addition to smartphones for illegal immigrant, the White House is using two additional methods to track those crossing the border. These include a Smartlink App and Global Positioning System monitoring.
Psaki mentioned a government surveillance program, which verifies identity by listening to the voice of its participants.
“The Alternatives to Detention Program, which is what we utilize, has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program. 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.”
This program is likely to be used in the future, even if it’s not yet in place in other places.