Friday, August 16, 2019

GPS tracking of immigrants in ICE raids troubles advocates


Daniella Silva for NBC News report on the U.S. government's use of ankle monitors on immigrants with court dates to track immigrants for purposes of planning immigration raids.  ImmaigrationProf blog had previously noted governmental reliance on ankle monitors in identifying employer targets.. 

U.S. immigration authorities tracked an undocumented Guatemalan woman from the time she left her ome in the morning and headed to work at a food processing plant in Mississippi, to the time she left work roughly 10 hours later. The woman had received an ankle monitor upon being released from detention; Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  officials used data gleaned from her monitor to target raids this month on her plant and six others that led to nearly 700 arrests.

Unsealed search warrants from the raid reveal that immigration authorities have tracked such GPS data from dozens of undocumented immigrants with ankle monitors. Lawyers and immigration advocates told NBC News they had not previously heard of ICE employing this tactic. “It’s troubling to us that people who are released are being tracked for reasons that have nothing to do with whether they’re likely to appear for their court cases or abscond,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants' Rights Project.

The search warrants for the food processing plants in Mississippi said undocumented immigrants previously released from ICE detention facilities on electronic monitoring were found at plants operated by all five of the companies targeted in the operation. ICE targeted seven facilities operated by A&B, Koch Foods, Peco Foods, PH Food and Pearl River Foods.


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