Federal immigration officials are working with the private sector to find some of the many criminal illegal migrants protected by Democratic-run ‘sanctuary cities’, according to a report in the pro-migration Guardian newspaper.
the Guardian said he had reviewed documents collected by open border advocates, including Mijente, Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and American Friends Services Committee. The documents state that ICE uses LexisNexis and Equifax – “data brokers that collect, access and then sell personal and criminal information.”
the Guardian reported:
In February 2021, Ice agreed to pay LexisNexis, the company that provides database services to law librarians, journalists and others, more than $17 million to access its Accurint real-time “virtual crime” platform. , according to the documents. Accurint, according to the company’s website, “brings together disconnected data from more than 10,000 different sources, including police departments nationwide and public records” to give law enforcement a “view full identity of persons”.
Four months later, Ice paid for access to Justice Intelligence, a database offered as an add-on service by several platforms including LexisNexis and operated by Appriss, a company owned by credit bureau Equifax.
According to Appriss, Justice Intelligence provides real-time information on bookings and releases from more than 2,800 prisons across the United States, as well as information extracted from tens of millions of court records, probation and release records. conditional and offender data. The database is updated “as frequently as every 15 minutes,” according to the company. The deal with Justice Intelligence would cost Ice an additional $4.8 million.
ICE said in the documents that it was necessary to use these tools when local authorities would not cooperate with them.
“Due to political or legislative changes, [Ice Enforcement and Removals Office] has seen an increase in the number of law enforcement agencies and state or local governments that do not share real-time incarceration information of foreign-born nationals with ICE .
“Therefore, it is essential to have access to Justice Intelligence. There would be a major operational impact on public safety without these control tools.
The development has led some jurisdictions to call for investigations into whether what ICE is doing is problematic.
In 2015, in Cook County, Illinois, for example, the governor ordered state agencies not to cooperate with ICE. The contract for Appriss prompted County Commissioner Alma E. Anayaa to propose a resolution this month to investigate ICE’s relationship with data brokers.
“ICE has released documents that explicitly confirm that they are using data brokers to circumvent policies and the Sanctuary Law,” the resolution reads. “The previous year, Cook County law enforcement had to deny more than 1,000 detention requests due to local sanctuary policies. Even when localities refuse to execute detainees, LexisNexis’ program, Justice Intelligence, allows ICE to obtain the data necessary to circumvent local policies.
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