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Government signs agreement with US to share info on deportees

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 11:21 AM

The government has signed a memorandum of cooperation with the United States (US) Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) which will allow the US to share information on deportees.

The Criminal History Information Sharing (CHIS) memorandum of cooperation was signed yesterday by National Security Minister, Peter Bunting and Assistant Director of ICE Matthew Albence.

The memorandum will enhance the US Government’s ability to share records containing the immigration and criminal histories of Jamaican nationals, being repatriated from the United States.

US Ambassador Luis Moreno says the information sharing programme enhances the strong bilateral relationship between the US and Jamaica and “represents a milestone in the US-JA law enforcement partnership”. 

Bunting said he looks forward to the technical support the programme will provide to the government.

The US Government has signed similar agreements with the Governments of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.