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

  1. Original 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]

    Report - Immigration Officials Use Secretive Gang Databases to Deny Migrant Asylum Claims
  2. Effective Date

    July 8, 2019

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Agencies Affected: ICE CBP USCIS DOS

Pre Trump-Era Policies

  • July 8, 2019 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


Trump-Era Policy Documents

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