05/07/2021

How ICE finds undocumented migrants in US raids?

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Undocumented-migrants

To ensure arrests during their arrests of undocumented migrants, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) employs technological tools and government databases .

A score of undocumented migrants were arrested in 98 stores of the 7-Eleven chain spread across 17 states and the District of Columbia. Then it was considered one of the largest migration operations in workplaces.

An ICE supervisor informed the special agents beforehand that they should use a cell phone application developed by the company Palantir. This was co-founded by Peter Thiel, adviser to the president, Donald Trump, with money from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

This tool allows agents to track information in numerous official databases to learn about migratory history, family ties and other related aspects.

Most frequent tracks for raids of migrants

To do this, this tool tracks databases of credit cards and bank accounts, Internet and email providers, medical and school records, and hotel and restaurant information, according to a manual accessed by the Motherboard news website.

ICE also uses the state databases of driver’s licenses, secretly and without consent.

ICE uses in its investigations the police bases with fingerprints, genetic DNA samples and other biometric data of arrested or convicted criminals; but in this case, information has been used by millions of people who have not committed any crime to deserve this investigation.

Since 2011, the FBI has conducted nearly 400,000 searches of federal and state databases, including licensing, according to an official report published in June. In Utah alone, both the FBI and ICE have conducted more than a thousand searches between 2015 and 2017.

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