U.S. Immigration Is Spying On You Even When You’re Not At The Airport

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  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a domestic surveillance agency

    When you think about government surveillance in the United States, you likely think of the National Security Agency or the FBI. You might even think of a powerful police agency, such as the New York Police Department. But unless you or someone you love has been targeted for deportation, you probably don’t immediately think of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

    This report argues that you should. Our two-year investigation, including hundreds of Freedom of Information Act requests and a comprehensive review of ICE’s contracting and procurement records, reveals that ICE now operates as a domestic surveillance agency. Since its founding in 2003, ICE has not only been building its own capacity to use surveillance to carry out deportations but has also played a key role in the federal government’s larger push to amass as much information as possible about all of our lives. By reaching into the digital records of state and local governments and buying databases with billions of data points from private companies, ICE has created a surveillance infrastructure that enables it to pull detailed dossiers on nearly anyone, seemingly at any time. In its efforts to arrest and deport, ICE has — without any judicial, legislative or public oversight — reached into datasets containing personal information about the vast majority of people living in the U.S., whose records can end up in the hands of immigration enforcement simply because they apply for driver’s licenses; drive on the roads; or sign up with their local utilities to get access to heat, water and electricity.

    ICE has built its dragnet surveillance system by crossing legal and ethical lines, leveraging the trust that people place in state agencies and essential service providers, and exploiting the vulnerability of people who volunteer their information to reunite with their families. Despite the incredible scope and evident civil rights implications of ICE’s surveillance practices, the agency has managed to shroud those practices in near-total secrecy, evading enforcement of even the handful of laws and policies that could be invoked to impose limitations. Federal and state lawmakers, for the most part, have yet to confront this reality.

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Comments

  1. They’ve amassed all this data but they are negligent and fail at their most basic duty of apprehending and deporting all illegals.

  2. This should make it easier for politicians to know where to go to pander for votes.

  3. ICE legally can exercise its power up to 100 miles from any border. This is what happens when people think of the good old USA in semi-fascist terms like “Homeland “.. Typically police powers always expand as far as they can.

  4. My sweet summer children, I’ve arrived.

    United States government agencies often assert powers that have not been adjudicated as constitutional by the Supreme Court. The 100 mile border thing is a great example.

    The responsible citizen supports the EFF and ACLU in their efforts to test the actual legality of what government agencies are doing. Remember, the principle of the United States is we are a free country and we are entitled to our privacy.

  5. Not exactly a surprise. The US govt has been spying on parents who are against the leftist drivel the schools teach.

    On top of that, they started a Ministry of Truth led by some leftist-wacko.

    Good luck to all US citizens.. the Gestapo is already here.

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