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Trump asked his team to ask ICE to clear all data from their phones before they leave their jobs

After similar reports about widespread data surveillance at the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S.    Secret Service, the U.S. watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Trump's immigration officials wiping work-related information from their mobile phones a little earlier. Leave the office.




 After similar reports about widespread data surveillance at the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. 


Secret Service, the U.S. watchdog group is sounding the alarm about Trump's immigration officials wiping work-related information from their mobile phones a little earlier. Leave the office.


"We cannot stand by as agency after agency that admits it destroys public records," said U.S. Censorship Executive Director Heather Sawyer, "often contains important information about what federal employees do and why they do it."


"The obligation to keep these records is not optional - it is law," Sawyer said in a statement.


The phones of the majority of the officials mentioned in the lawsuit were deactivated, according to ICE's head of technology, Richard Clark, who also testified in Friday's filing. Clark also noted that mobile data appears to have been completely erased, negating the agency's ability to provide the information requested by the U.S. watchdog agency. After requesting text messages from officials in 2019, the US watchdog agency claimed that many devices had been erased.


According to the court document, ICE asked employees to delete all data from their company's mobile phones when they returned the devices or left the enterprise.


Employees are required to scan their phones and maintain separate records in case of official telephone work, as instructed in November 2017 and a subsequent letter in 2018.


  1. INBOX: ICE acknowledges that officials
  2. (including Thomas Homan, Ronald Vitiello and Matthew Albence)
  3. scanned their phones from Bw 2019 and 2021


even after ICE received a public registration request for text messages related to an ongoing federal criminal prosecution


Former Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers Thomas Homan, Matthew Albence and Ronald Vitiello were contacted for information on a criminal case involving Massachusetts Judge Shelley M. M. ' Richmond Joseph. Joseph is accused of helping an illegal immigrant avoid the law.



Due to the fact that the phones of Homan, Albence and Vitello have been completely erased and deactivated, Richard Clark, chief technology officer at ICE, informed American Overseight that he was unable to give any relevant emails or text messages. According to the US watchdog, the documents were cleared after the group requested their examination in 2019.


After erasing data mistakenly requested by investigators in the tragic blockade of the U.S. 


  • Capitol, the Secret Service earlier this month gave the Select Committee on January 6 mobile phone numbers to various customers.
  • In a different complaint filed by the US watchdog, it emerged that towards the end of the Trump administration
  • the Department of Defense had deleted the phones of top outgoing defense and military officials.
  • This was followed by the deletion of all communications from several important witnesses of the events of 6 January 2021.


The documents requested by American Overseight and ACLU in Massachusetts in the lawsuit, filed Friday, contain emails and text conversations from senior agency officials related to Judge Shelley M. Richmond Joseph's federal criminal prosecution.


In respect of a criminal defendant who left the backroom in April 2018, while an ICE agent waited at another entrance, a Massachusetts judge and court employee were tried.