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January 6, 2011 - On Tuesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) began using a federal information-sharing capability in Pettis County that helps federal immigration officials use biometrics to identify aliens, both lawfully and unlawfully present in the United States, who are booked into local law enforcement's custody for a crime.
This capability is
part of Secure Communities, ICE's comprehensive strategy to improve and
modernize the identification and removal of aliens convicted of a crime
enhanced information sharing between DOJ and the Department of Homeland
Security (DHS), biometrics submitted through the state to the FBI will
be automatically checked against both the FBI criminal history records
in IAFIS and the biometrics-based immigration records in DHS's Automated
Biometric Identification System (IDENT).
match those of someone in DHS' biometric system, the new automated
process notifies ICE. ICE evaluates each case to determine the
individual's immigration status and takes appropriate enforcement
action. This includes aliens who are in lawful status and those who are
present without lawful authority. Once identified through fingerprint
matching, ICE will respond with a priority placed on aliens convicted of
the most serious crimes first— such as those with convictions for major
drug offenses, murder, rape and kidnapping.
Communities strategy provides ICE with an effective tool to identify
criminal aliens in local custody," said Secure Communities Assistant
Director David Venturella. "Enhancing public safety is at the core of
ICE's mission. Our goal is to use biometric information sharing to
remove criminal aliens, preventing them from being released back into
the community, with little or no additional burden on our law
With the expansion
of the biometric information sharing capability to
"I am pleased with
the Sheriff's Office's involvement in the Secure Communities program,"
said Pettis County Sheriff Kevin Bond. "This partnership utilizes the
latest technology to share information quickly and provides an
additional tool to help identify wanted individuals being booked into
the Pettis County Jail."
Since ICE began
using this enhanced information sharing capability in October 2008,
immigration officers have removed from the
proud to support ICE, helping provide decision makers with
comprehensive, reliable information when and where they need it,"
said US-VISIT Director Robert Mocny. "By enhancing the
interoperability of DHS's and the FBI's biometric systems, we are
able to give federal, state and local decision makers information
that helps them better protect our communities and our nation."
plan, ICE will be utilizing FBI system enhancements that allow
improved information sharing at the state and local law enforcement
level based on positive identification of incarcerated criminal
aliens," said Daniel D. Roberts, assistant director of the FBI's
CJIS Division. "Additionally, ICE and the FBI are working together
to take advantage of the strong relationships already forged between
the FBI and state and local law enforcement necessary to assist ICE
in achieving its goals."
For more information
about how ICE is using biometrics to identify aliens convicted of a
For more information about how ICE is using biometrics to identify aliens convicted of a crime.
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