Conservative commentator warns Biden’s plan to track illegal immigrants with cell phones will fail

During a Friday appearance on Fox News, conservative commentator Tammy Bruce warned that the administration’s latest ploy to keep track of illegal immigrants under catch-and-release — giving them cell phones to check in — was doomed to fail.

Bruce, a radio host and former president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Organization for Women, called the plan “absurd.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn’t deny that border officials were giving cell phones to illegal immigrants who were being released into the United States while they awaited hearings.

“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 said during a Wednesday press briefing.

“The alternatives to detention programs … has three unique forms of technology to monitor participants enrolled in the program,” Psaki said.

“Telephonic, which is one of them, 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.

On Friday, Bruce called it “an absurd dynamic.”

“The absurd thing here is, do you think that individuals are going to keep those phones? Do you think that they’re going to just be put on them and kept and like coddled?” she asked.

No, I think they might end up in a ditch. They might be handed off to someone else. They might be smashed. We don’t know what’s going to happen to them.

“So if this is supposed to make the American people feel safer – oh, and they say ‘we’re tracking them.’ It is an absurd dynamic.”

She also noted that for people who really were fleeing despotic governments, handing them a cell phone for tracking purposes might not create the best first impression.

“For the people who are fleeing horrible situations … imagine you’re entering into the free country, the best country in the world, and the first thing you’re told is ‘carry this device because we’re going to be tracking you,'” she said.

“How is it that we’ve lost control of the country so much that new immigrants, visitors to this country, refugees are now being told you must have this device on you in order to be able to continue to function. How dare us?”

The phones have come under increased scrutiny for several reasons.

In addition to providing an echo to the “Obamaphone” scandal — where low-income Americans were given a federally subsidized phone, which became known colloquially as an “Obamaphone” — the ineffectual strategy for dealing with migrants being released into the United States was a reminder of the significant increase in illegal immigration Americans can expect, when Title 42 protections, which allow for the summary expulsion of illegal immigrants due to the COVID epidemic, are allowed to expire in May.