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Reported: DHS uses cellphone location data for immigration enforcement

  1. Original Date Announced

    February 7, 2020

    The Wall Street Journal reports that DHS, ICE and CBP have purchased licenses to Venntel, a program that maps the movements of millions of users' cellphones. ICE and CBP have used the program, which tracks location data through a variety of cellphone apps, to help identify immigrants before their arrest and flag potential border crossings. [ID #970]

    Wall Street Journal: Federal Agencies Use Cellphone Location Data for Immigration Enforcement

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Reported
Trump Administration Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Enforcement
Agencies Affected: CBP ICE DHS


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