Biden administration admits to giving free cellphones to illegals
On Wednesday, the Biden administration revealed that illegal immigrants entering the United States are handed smartphones when they arrive.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jen Psaki about the attempt during today’s news briefing.
“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 – uh – to be tracked. Which part of that is supposed to ‘deter’ people from crossing illegally into the states?” asked Doocy.
Well,” replied Psaki, “I think you of all people – since you’ve asked me a range of questions on this topic over time – would recognize that we need to take steps to ensure that we know where individuals are and we can track – we can check in with them.”
Jen Psaki confirms Biden is giving FREE PHONES to illegal immigrants before releasing them into the U.S. pic.twitter.com/rJnbhTGXuK
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Psaki went on to describe the three types of technology that the administration is using to track illegal immigrants: “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.”
“And Global Positioning System monitoring is of a participant’s location and movement history, using satellite technology through an ankle bracelet. This is all part of our effort, as individuals come into the United States and individuals who are entering who will proceed to immigration proceedings, to monitor and track where they are.”
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Doocy followed up with another inquiry, wondering if there was any danger that “migrants will simply dump the phones?”
“Do you have a record of people throwing phones away?” asked Psaki.
Doocy replied, “I’m just asking if that’s a concern.”
Without responding to the question, Psaki said, “ensuring that those who irregularly come to the United States follow through our process of, you know, being monitored, but also participating in — in hearings to determine whether or not they will be entitled to stay.”
Bill Melugin of Fox News also reported on the subject, claiming that there is nothing to prevent illegal immigrants from simply throwing away their phones and thereby becoming untraceable. Another trick could be to register the phones under an alias-or perhaps simply steal a phone from someone else.
Republican Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri wrote to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Wednesday, inquiring about “claims that DHS plans to supply migrants with free phones.” It should be noted that if these phones can track the illegals they can likely be used to track anyone else.
“These reports demand answers,” Hawley said in the letter obtained by Fox News Digital.
In 2021, US Customs and Border Protection “reported over two million interactions with immigrants unlawfully crossing the southern border,” according to Hawley, “the greatest number ever recorded,” and some captured illegal migrants “have been identified as previously deported MS-13 gang members.”
Gang members that can probably figure out how to defeat the smartphones tracking technology by the use of s simple trashcan-or better yet, by switching phones with someone else.