From: Daniel P. <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

Legal Affairs

Electronic Anklets Track Asylum Seekers in U.S.
by Daniel Zwerdling

Morning Edition, March 2, 2005  The Department of Homeland Security is
experimenting with a controversial new method to keep better track of
immigrants who are applying to remain in the United States. It is requiring
aliens in eight cities to wear electronic monitors 24 hours a day.

The ankle bracelets are the same monitors that some rapists and other
convicted criminals have to wear on parole. But the government's pilot
project is putting monitors on aliens who have never been accused of a

 So far, the Department of Homeland Security has put electronic monitors on
more than 1,700 immigrants. Victor Cerda, director of Detention and Removal
Operations at Homeland Security, says the anklets will help prevent tens of
thousands of immigrants who are ordered to leave the country each year from
"absconding" -- going into hiding to avoid deportation.

But critics say Cerda and other Homeland Security officials have exaggerated
the extent of the problem. They point to a Justice Department study that put
part of the blame on immigration officials, saying they'd failed to keep
adequate records to track aliens.

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