Immigration

New Spanish-language website makes it easier to find detained foreign nationals

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a new website in Spanish — ICE.gov/ES.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a new website in Spanish — ICE.gov/ES.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has launched a new website in Spanish — ICE.gov/ES.

While the Spanish-language website contains similar information to the ICE website in English, it provides easy access to a useful search tool called Localizador de Detenidos, or “detainee locator,” which helps find where detained foreign nationals are being held.

“The translated website not only offers information about ICE and its mission, but also includes press releases and special features,” according to an ICE statement.

As for the detainee locator, this may come in handy for relatives of detained foreign nationals who sometimes complain about not knowing at which immigration detention centers their loved ones are being held.

Clicking on the detainee locator box, for example, takes a website visitor to a page where the location of a detained immigrant can be found, if certain information is provided.

The search can be done by name or by number.

If by number, users need to provide the so-called Alien or “A number” assigned to all foreign nationals by immigration officials if they have ever come in contact with ICE or have sought permanent residence or any other immigration benefit or document. The search by number also includes a request for the person’s home country.

The name search requires more information such as first and last name, home country and date of birth.

“The new ICE.gov/ES is our most recent step in increasing access to important and accurate information about ICE,” Liz Johnson, assistant director of public affairs, said in the statement. “Offering information in other languages helps ICE reach a broader audience, while also ensuring that the public can obtain information directly from ICE, and not from unofficial and possibly unscrupulous sources.”

ICE also has launched the Twitter handle @ICEespanol

“These new outreach platforms will allow ICE to reach new audiences to explain the importance of the agency’s mission,” according to the statement.

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