The Long Goodbye

Attention, immigrants: Report to the Office of Detention and Removal

In its quest for efficiency, ICE has contracted out the program to Behavioral Interventions, Inc., a private firm that makes more than $10 million a year strapping ankle bracelets around immigrants across the country. New York's ISAP program was started last November, in what ICE reported to be a "breakout year" for the agency, producing an "unparalleled record of success." ISAP is a bittersweet pill for immigrants—so far, 424 New Yorkers have been placed in the program. It's better than being behind bars, immigrant advocates say, but it's punitive and too harsh.

Jean Montrevil at his family's religious-goods store, which he sold in preparation for deportation
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Jean Montrevil at his family's religious-goods store, which he sold in preparation for deportation

In Montrevil's case, his new electronic tether may be his last official link to the U.S.—until officials hand him his passport and force him to use it.

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