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Report: Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Asylum Claims

  1. Date Announced

    July 8, 2019

    Federal immigration officials are reportedly relying on databases run by foreign police and militaries to check whether individuals crossing the United States border have gang affiliations, which would allow officials to detain and eventually deport them. The information is being provided through a new “fusion” US State Department-funded intelligence gathering center in El Salvador that works in tandem with the Department of Homeland Security. [ID #89]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    July 8, 2019
Status: Reported
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: CBP ICE USCIS DOS

Prior Policies

  • Vetting of asylum applicants already includes mandatory biographical and biometric vetting by federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies, which includes security database information from foreign sources. However, it has not been reported previously that such foreign sources included a new “fusion” intelligence-gathering center in El Salvador.

    Vetting, Security and Fraud Screening in Asylum Process

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