The Obama Administration recently introduced their plan to restructure the way in which illegal immigrants are detained while awaiting deportation. At the center of this new plan is what they call “alternatives to detention.” The Houston Chronicle recently uncovered a report citing that nearly one in five suspected illegal immigrants absconded while under the supervision of a new intensive monitoring program. Immigrants enrolled in the program are expected to comply by checking in by phone, wearing ankle monitors and obeying a curfew. These measures sound more like parenting a teenager than detaining criminals. Illegal aliens show no regard for U.S. laws when they entered illegally, how can we expect them to respect the rule of law once here?

While ICE claims a 99 percent immigration court appearance rate for participants in the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), records maintained by private contractors that administer the program show they were “unable to locate” 18 percent of 6,373 illegal immigrants who passed through the program over the last five years. Overlooking this poor performance record, Janet Napolitano stated her intention to expand these alternative programs. If the Obama Administration truly wanted to enforce immigration laws, they would detain illegal aliens in a manner that ensured 100 percent were at their deportation hearing.

The above is part of a press release dated October 27 from Federation for American Immigration Reform, 25 Massachusetts Avenue – Suite 330 Washington DC, 20001, Office 202-328-7004 http://www.fairus.org. Contact Dustin Carnevale on 202-328-7004 for details of the above. Email: media@fairus.org. Founded in 1979, FAIR is the oldest and largest immigration reform group in America. FAIR fights for immigration policies that enhance national security, improve the economy, protect jobs and wages and establish a rule of law that is recognized and enforced.

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