ICE mistakenly shares 6,000 asylum seekers' identity on website
Many of the asylum seekers whose information was shared came from Iran, Russia and China
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Immigration and Customs Enforcement has acknowledged haven mistakenly shared on its website the identities of 6,252 asylum seekers
The information that was shared on the website included birthdays, nationalities, detention locations, and case numbers, ICE said in a statement Wednesday.
According to the Los Angeles Times, many of the asylum seekers whose information was shared are fleeing persecution from their home countries such as Iran, Russia and China.
“Though unintentional, this release of information is a breach of policy and the agency is investigating the incident and taking all corrective actions necessary,” an ICE spokesperson said.
ICE says agency officials have spoken to the people whose identities were shared and are working to find anyone who downloaded their information.
"We are deeply concerned about our client’s safety after ICE publicly shared this very sensitive information about her and thousands of others like her," Diana Rashid, a National Immigrant Justice Center attorney, told the newspaper.