A joint study released Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado and numerous immigrant advocacy groups, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement uses data brokers to avoid state sanctuary policies when tracking immigrants.
ICE’s ability to extract data directly from state and local law enforcement is limited by sanctuary laws, but the report details the extent of the agency’s efforts to circumvent those laws by engaging data brokers. private third parties like LexisNexis and its subsidiary Appriss to provide real-time access to immigrants’ personal data and whereabouts.
The report, Sabotaging Sanctuary, follows an April investigation by The Intercept detailing how ICE contracted data brokerage service LexisNexis for $22.1 million to monitor immigrants, after previously using a service operated by Thomson Reuters called CLEAR. Sabotaging Sanctuary highlights ICE’s use of Appriss in Colorado to gain real-time access to state jail reservation data. Appriss sends an alert to ICE whenever a person on ICE’s Target List is incarcerated in a county jail, allowing ICE to arrest the person immediately upon release.
The ACLU of Colorado says the state’s sanctuary laws are being undermined by those tasked with enforcing them, noting in a Thursday statement that board members overseeing LexisNexis’ data warehouse include former Denver and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office officials. Colorado’s ACLU Immigration Campaign Coordinator Ana Temu Otting called on ICE and private data brokers to comply with state laws against sharing incarceration data between local law enforcement and ICE.
“Over the past decade, immigrants to Colorado have gained basic protections and services to ensure a prosperous life in the state, one of those policies being the protection of personal data,” Otting said. in the press release. “Yet tech companies are building the tools used to surveil, incarcerate and deport our communities, further increasing mistrust between community and government. Sheriffs, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and technology companies must comply with state law that protects the data of all Coloradans.
Summary of news:
- To Bypass Immigrant Sanctuary Laws, ICE Uses Private Data Brokers
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