A new revelation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), disclosing the oversight of an astonishing 5.7 million migrants within the U.S., has unmasked plans by the Biden administration for a program that some critics are likening to a “welfare” setup for non-detained migrants awaiting their court dates. With America struggling with domestic and international challenges, this program threatens to cost taxpayers billions of dollars, funding a range of services from medical aid, food, housing and even legal assistance for those in the country illegally.
Dubbed the “Release and Reporting Management” (RRM), the program embodies an expansion above the 3.3 million individuals monitored before Biden’s presidency. Can the American economy, still recoiling from pandemic-inflicted wounds, bear such a generous program? And should it, especially considering that the proposed benefits seemingly outshine those afforded to many of America’s struggling citizens?
BREAKING REPORT: Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] ADMITS it is currently overseeing a RECORD 5.7 MILLION MIGRANTS in the United States..
President Biden now wants to provide 'medical services and housing' to all.
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“The RRM is just a push by the open border advocates to provide welfare benefits to 6 million people,” surmised former ICE director Tom Homan, describing the gravity of the undertaking and posing questions about government spending priorities.
A striking aspect of the RRM program, intended to replace all of ICE’s current “non-detained programs,” entails a suite of provisions for participants, including “legal assistance; psychosocial services; therapeutic services; medical services; food and clothing banks; housing; public transportation information; parental information; education information; and repatriation and reintegration services.” The program’s description shows it extends beyond humanitarian aid and spirals into an all-encompassing support system at a monumental financial weight born by Americans already facing more than $33 trillion in federal public debt.
Even as the RRM draws formidable attention and criticism, one cannot dismiss the surge in migrants under the Biden administration. U.S. Customs and Border Protection data reflects a groundbreaking number of migrant encounters, exceeding 2.76 million in the fiscal year 2022 alone. Such influx inherently demands some degree of management and resource allocation — but to what extent and at what cost, particularly during the re-establishment of a national economic baseline?
Moreover, comparing the services in the RRM program to those available to American citizens in various states, an apparent conflict emerges regarding domestic policy priorities. To illustrate, Homan emphasized the legal assistance aspect, observing, “They’re going to give legal assistance to illegal aliens at the taxpayers’ expense to fight the government.”
By sheer volume, it’s unequivocal that managing the 5.7 million non-detained migrants, a figure that does not encompass those in ICE detention for processing at the border or in facilities awaiting deportation, requires a structured, financially and logistically sound strategy. Nevertheless, the balance between assuring humane management of migrant situations, safeguarding national security, and safeguarding fiscal responsibility, especially to American taxpayers, presses forth as a significant dialogical concern.