Ankle Bracelets for Law- Abiding Immigrants
Homeland Security is requiring immigrants in 8 cities who are in the process of applying for residency to wear electronic monitoring ankle bracelets 24/7.
These people have never been accused of a crime. There are 1,700 of them to date. Homeland Security says monitoring will prevent those ordered deported from running and hiding. But, a 2003 Justice Department report (pdf) blamed inadequate record keeping by immigration officials as the reason for problems deporting non-detained aliens.
And a three year pilot program has found:
....supervision -- regular phone calls from program workers, reminders about court dates, referrals to legal representatives and other such measures -- is more cost effective than detention and almost doubles the rate of compliance.
Why are Americans so apathetic about this?
Update: A blog named Outside the Beltway claims that our post is misleading because the 1,700 detained have been ordered deported. Totally false. Had the blogger bothered to read the source article linked in this post, it would have learned that, as I said, the program under which 1,700 are wearing ankle bracelets is being applied to immigrants who are applying to remain in the country--not, as he claims, those who have been ordered deported and refused to go. [They are lawfully appealing orders of deportation or denial of their applications for residency.]
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