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ICE expands ID programs in NY and MO

IMAGE signing on Feb. 9

Two Immigration and Customs Enforcement identification verification programs moved forward in New York and Missouri, as the agency expanded its Secure Communities and IMAGE efforts.

A manufacturer of specialty security products for law enforcement and the defense industry in Hicksville, NY became the latest participant in ICE’s Mutual Agreement between Government and Employees (IMAGE) on Feb. 9. The company, American Defense Systems (ADSI), signed onto the program that partners private industry with ICE to reduce undocumented employment and identity fraud.

Additionally, on Feb. 8 the agency activated biometric information sharing capabilities in nine Missouri counties under its Secure Communities initiative.

ADSI, which makes transparent and opaque armor, security doors, windows and curtain wall systems used by military, law enforcement, homeland defense and corporate customers, is the first business in the state to participate in the program, according to ICE.

Companies operating under IMAGE requirements undergo a certification process including audits of I-9 employee records to verify they are eligible to work in the U.S., ICE identification screening training and an evaluation of their hiring processes, including E-Verify and Social Security number verification.

"Being part of this program will help ADSI and its subsidiaries - American Physical Security Group and American Institute for Defense and Tactical Studies - collaborate with government officials on immigration matters," said Anthony J. Piscitelli, ADSI Chief Executive Officer.

Currently more than 100 businesses nationwide are IMAGE members, said ICE.

Separately, the agency began using its Secure Communities federal information sharing capabilities in the Missouri counties of Boone, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Cole, Dunklin, Jasper, Marion and Saint Charles. The biometric information sharing capabilities link local law enforcement finger printing databases to DHS Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), the Department of Justice’s Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

With the additional nine counties, ICE said it is using Secure Communities capabilities in 20 Missouri jurisdictions and in 1,030 jurisdictions in 38 states across the nation.