ICE Says It Can’t Find Records On Nearly 400,000 Illegal Immigrants It Should Be Monitoring

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has “no records” of hundreds of thousands illegal immigrants it released into America.

In response to Syracuse University’s FOIA request, the Department of Homeland Security made its admission. According to the Daily Caller News Foundation, TRAC had asked for information about 377,980 illegal immigrants ICE’s Alternatives to Detention program (ATD).

“ICE has searched the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations for records responsive. No records were found,” TRAC’s FOIA was answered by the agency.

The ICE ATD program was created to ensure that migrant compliance with court orders and avoid physical detention. It monitors migrants using GPS, ankle monitors, cell phones and mandatory check-ins to case agents. This program was created to clear space in detention centers and allow migrants to wait in crowded immigration courts to process their cases.


“ICE’s response to say they couldn’t find records on immigrants in [ATD] was shocking, especially after they recently admitted that they had misled the public for many months through inaccurate ATD data. It is time for the agency to be honest. TRAC assistant Professor Austin Kocher stated to the DCNF that the American public deserves accurate information about the ATD Program.

Kocher stated in a Tuesday social media post: “Just days after announcing how the agency had been misleading the public for months regarding how many immigrants were on the gps ankle monitors. @icegov claims that it cannot find records on more than 350,000 immigrants in alternative detention programs.”

Just days after announcing that the agency had been misleading to the public for months about how many immigrants were on gps ankle monitors, @icegov claims it can’t find records on over 350,000 immigrants in alternatives to detention program.

— Austin Kocher, PhD (@ackocher) December 28, 2022

ICE apologized earlier this month after it was discovered that it had underreported the number illegal immigrants it released into the public without electronic surveillance such as an ankle bracelet.

“On further examination of the data provided by participants compared to what was publicly accessible online, it was clear that there had been a data error. The issue was quickly rectified by teams, which are now available on “We regret that ICE provided incorrect ATD enrollment data, and we worked to rectify the error going forward,” an ICE spokesperson said to the DCNF.

ICE reported on its website that 266 illegal immigrants had been released from agency custody without electronic surveillance since November. ICE revealed that it had released 49,459 illegal migrants without electronic surveillance at a Washington, D.C. event on December 1.

The southern border continues to see an increase in illegal immigration. Last week, data from the Department of Homeland Security showed that November saw the largest number of migrants crossing the border. According to the data, 233,740 migrants were captured by authorities. This is roughly 60,000 more than November 2021.