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Around 3 in 10 families apprehended for illegally entering the United States from Mexico cut off their ankle monitoring devices shortly after being released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody and told to show up for asylum hearings, an ICE official said Tuesday.
“Nearly 3 in 10 family units are cutting off their ankle bracelets at the beginning of the process when they’ve been released from our custody within days or weeks so they’re not even going to get to that point where they could get the final removal order,” Matthew Albence, executive associate director for ICE, testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
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Albence said the Homeland Security Department’s inability to get all illegal immigrants released from custody and told to appear for court hearings was in part due to people ditching their ankle bracelets and disappearing into the interior of the country.
Those waiting to hear if their asylum cases are approved or denied were more likely to keep their monitors in tact and show up for court, but once their cases were denied, they were not likely to show up when a judge would then later order them deported.
“They will comply up until the benefit of complying is not there,” said Albence.
Albence said his agency lacks the money, personnel, and resources to actually go after noncriminal offenders who have been ordered deported.
“ICE has not been given resources to go out and effectuate these at-large arrests in many years,” he said.
THIS: “Nearly 3-in-10 family units are cutting off their ankle bracelets at the beginning of the process when they’ve been released from our custody within days or weeks,” Matthew Albence, executive associate director for @ICEgov, tells @McCaskillOffice in Tuesday hearing
— Anna Giaritelli (@Anna_Giaritelli) September 18, 2018
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