Mar 26, 2004
Dear Mr. xxxxx:
This is in response to your letter dated February 22, 2004, and subsequent telephone call of March 4, 2004, wherein you requested, pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), access to records and documents pertaining to the names of the databases (later amended to an index of databases) that contain "Wanted Criminal Aliens," "Fugitive Criminal Aliens," and "Alien Absconders," as well as a data dictionary for these databases including such technical items as format, linkages, and query abilities.
Please be advised that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement does not own or control the types of databases for which you are seeking information, even though they do indeed deal with illegal alien matters. Theses kinds of databases are actually under the jurisdiction of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the U.S. Department of Justice. Specifically, the Criminal Justice Services Division of the FBI has responsibility for the administration and managerial oversight of the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). The NCIC contains a database known as the Immigration Violators File (IVF). Within the IVF are three sub-databases that reflect the following categories: Deported Felons, Absconders, and Violators of the National Security Entry Exit Registration System (NSEERS).
Therefore, in order to obtain information regarding the technical specifications and capabilities of these databases, you need to submit a FOIA request directly to the FBI at the following address: Federal Bureau of Investigation, Attention: FOIA Section, 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20535.
We trust you will find this information satisfactory and helpful.
Gloria L. Marshall
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