During Wednesday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki admitted that the Biden administration is giving smartphones to illegal immigrants after they are released into the interior of the United States as part of the Biden administration’s catch and release policy.
“Our team in Texas is that 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. I — which part of that is supposed to deter people from crossing illegally into the states?” a reporter asked.
“Well, 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 — and we can check in with them,” Psaki responded.
Psaki then argued that giving smartphones to illegal immigrants was a way of tracking where they are and was the Biden administration’s alternative to placing them in detention centers ahead of their court dates.
“The alternatives to detention programs — is what we utilize — has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program,” she said. “Telephonic, which is one of them, which is uses a participant’s voice to create a biometric voice print during the enrollment process. And when the participant has a check-in call, their voice is compared to the voice print.”
“SmartLink, which is another option, enables participant monitoring via smartphone or tablet using facial-matching technology to establish identity,” Psaki continued. “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.”
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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