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What Happens to Immigrants’ Data Tracked in a Controversial Surveillance Program?

Plus: The Biden administration is considering expediting the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees with U.S. ties

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A review of the data collection practices of BI Inc., the private company running a controversial surveillance program for Immigration and Custom Enforcement, shows that both BI and ICE have issued conflicting information about how often BI tracks the location of the people it surveils. The review also indicated that BI’s app collects a wide range of information on its users, and that the company encourages its law enforcement and government clients to share crime data with each other. There are few mechanisms to compel BI to share what it collects and even fewer to limit its ability to collect, store and share personal data. Lawmakers are demanding more transparency around BI’s data policies, expressing concern that they could be used against immigrants. The Guardian

In other federal immigration news…

Biden Admin. Considering Expediting Resettlement of Ukrainian Refugees With U.S. Ties

The Biden administration is weighing the prospects of expediting the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees with U.S. ties, including those with family already living here. While most Ukrainian refugees are likely to stay in Europe, some want to come to the U.S. where they have family, but their options are limited. The U.S. refugee resettlement process can take years to complete, prompting advocates to push the country to expedite the process for people who have relatives in the country and could easily settle where those family members are located. There are more than 1 million people of Ukrainian ancestry in the U.S., according to 2019 census estimates. CNN

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