ICE taps private sector to find criminal illegal aliens for deportation

Federal immigration authorities are working with the private sector to find some of the many criminal illegal migrants protected by Democrat-run ‘sanctuary cities,’ according to a report in the pro-migration Guardian newspaper.

The Guardian reported that it reviewed documents collected by open borders 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 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 real-time “virtual crime” platform Accurint, the documents show. Accurint, according to the company’s website, “brings unconnected data from more than 10,000 different sources, including nationwide police stations and public records” to give law enforcement a “comprehensive picture of people’s identities.”

Four months later, Ice paid for access to Justice Intelligence, a database provided as an add-on service by several platforms, including LexisNexis, and operated by Appriss, a company owned by credit bureau Equifax.

Justice Intelligence provides real-time information about the booking and release of prisons from more than 2,800 prisons in the US, as well as information from tens of millions of court records, probation and parole records, and offender data, according to Appriss. The database is updated “as often as every 15 minutes,” according to the company. The Justice Intelligence deal would cost Ice an additional $4.8 million.

ICE said in the documents that it was necessary to use these tools when local authorities do not want to cooperate with them.

“As a result of policy or legal changes, [Ice Enforcement and Removals Office] has experienced an increase in the number of law enforcement agencies and state or local governments not sharing information about real-time incarceration of foreign-born nationals with ICE.”

“That’s why it’s critical to have access to Justice Intelligence. Without these screening tools, there would be a major operational impact on public safety.”

The development has led some jurisdictions to investigate whether what ICE does is problematic.

For example, in 2015 in Cook County, Illinois, the governor ordered government agencies not to cooperate with ICE. The Appriss contract prompted county commissioner Alma E. Anayaa to propose a resolution this month to investigate ICE’s relationship with data brokers.

“ICE has published documents explicitly confirming that they are using data brokers to circumvent sanctuaries policies and law,” the resolution reads. “The previous year, Cook County law enforcement had to reject more than 1,000 arrest requests because of local refugee policies. Even if municipalities refuse to execute detainees, LexisNexis’ program, Justice Intelligence, will enable ICE to obtain the necessary data to circumvent local policies,” it continued.

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