Homeland Security Lost Track of 177,000 Migrants in the U.S.

Tom Handy
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The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of 177,000 migrants in the United States. This was based on a report from an internal watchdog of the Department of Homeland Security as reported by NBC News on September 11. 

The time period it was covered was March 2021 to August 2022 according to the Office of Inspector General with the Department of Homeland Security. Records showed the addresses for migrants were blank and others were not real addresses. 

The findings showed:

  • over 54,000 addresses were blank
  • 29% of migrants who were to report to Homeland Security did not report
  • a majority of addresses were listed twice according to News Nation Now

The ICE report said according to NBC News: 

“ICE must be able to locate migrants to enforce immigration laws, including to arrest or remove individuals who are considered potential threats to national security.” 
“The notable percentage of missing, invalid for delivery or duplicate addresses on file means DHS may not be able to locate migrants following their release into the United States.”

A DHS spokesperson added:

“Our immigration system is broken and outdated and Congress needs to fix it. Even under those outdated laws, the Department has improved how noncitizens are processed and vetted. Individuals seeking to come to the United States are screened by DHS and our intelligence and counterterror partners to prevent anyone who poses a threat from entering the country."

A report from the Office of Inspector General said according to Click 2 Houston.com: 

“Based on our review of 981,671 migrant records documented by (United States Border Patrol) from March 2021 through August 2022, addresses for more than 177,000 migrant records were either missing, invalid for delivery, or not legitimate residential locations.”

Homeland Security’s Excuse

The Department of Homeland Security has a reason for the discrepancy found in the report. According to Click2Houston, the agency said:

 “During our interviews, agents stated they did not record and validate all addresses because the sectors had to focus more on transferring migrants out of custody within legal time limits, dictated by policy, during upticks in illegal border crossings.”

Earlier this year, the head of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas appeared before Congress as some wanted him impeached for not doing his job to secure the border according to The Hill.

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