Criminal Aliens:

Majority Deported From the New York City Area Not Listed in INS' Information Systems

GGD-87-41BR: Published: Mar 3, 1987. Publicly Released: Mar 17, 1987.

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In response to a congressional request, GAO provided information on the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) activities to: (1) investigate, apprehend, detain, and deport criminal aliens in the New York City area; and (2) prevent them from reentering the country.

GAO found that: (1) in many cases, INS has not entered information on deported aliens with criminal convictions into the two computer systems INS inspectors at New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport use to detect deported aliens trying to reenter the country; (2) the National Automated Immigration Lookout System (NAILS) has no information on 94 percent of the deported criminal aliens from the New York area; (3) the INS New York District Office (NYDO) did not routinely complete the forms used to enter the names of deported aliens into NAILS because of understaffing; (4) the Central Index System (CIS) does not contain information on approximately 63 percent of the deported aliens, even though NYDO completed the necessary forms; and (5) INS could not determine whether the fault for incomplete forms lay with NYDO or headquarters, since no procedures existed to reconcile the NYDO data with the CIS output.

Recommendations for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: In response to this recommendation, the Justice Department stated that a system has been developed to ensure that the appropriate forms are being completed. On a monthly basis, the number of entries into the system for detecting deported aliens attempting to reenter the country will be compared with the number of aliens deported to detect reporting problems.

    Recommendation: The Commissioner, INS, should direct NYDO to periodically determine whether the appropriate forms are being completed and entered into NAILS for all aliens deported from New York.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice

  2. Status: Closed - Implemented

    Comments: INS reported that: (1) a telegram to its district and regional offices reiterated the requirement that a deportation form be completed for each alien ordered deported and completed forms be forwarded for input into CIS; and (2) its central office is monitoring compliance with this directive.

    Recommendation: The Commissioner, INS, should determine why CIS does not contain information on all deported aliens and take the appropriate action to ensure that the system is kept current.

    Agency Affected: Department of Justice


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