Police Get Absent Deportees’ Names

WASHINGTON?The names of more than 300,000 foreigners who disappeared after being ordered deported will be entered in a crime database so police can help track them down, the Immigration and Naturalization Service said Wednesday.

By entering their names in the National Crime Information Center database, the missing deportees might be identified by officers in traffic stops or other identity checks, INS Commissioner James Ziglar told the House Government Reform subcommittee on criminal justice.

“We think this will send a message that when you come to the United States, you are expected to stay here on the terms you are admitted on and that coming here and staying in illegal status is not appropriate,” Ziglar said.

The INS has come under heavy criticism since the terrorist attacks for its failure to better track those who enter the country.