Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials reportedly announced during an agency event that the number of illegal immigrants caught by the GPS tracking monitoring system was currently 8,118.
However, on their website, the number is stated to be 56,805 according to a Daily Caller report.
The ICE reportedly announced this low figure to those attending an event focused on the agency’s “Alternatives to Detention” on Thursday. The lower figures are reportedly from Nov. 14, while the higher figure is from Nov. 19.
According to the ICE’s website, the program is presented as the “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement hosted a symposium to share ideas and inform future concepts for the Alternatives to Detention [ATD] program.”
At the event which took place at the ICE headquarters in Washington, D.C. there were over “100 stakeholders from nongovernmental organizations, academia, and private industry in attendance.”
The ATD was originally created to monitor those illegal migrants that had been released in the U.S. They did so through the use of ankle monitors, GPS tracking, and cell phones.
Former ICE chief of staff Jon Feere, who is the director of investigations at the Center for Immigration Studies, said that it is probable that the Biden administration is looking for ways to appease those groups, such as the American Civil Liberties Union, which are against ICE detention.