U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have tapped a large surveillance database to spy on immigrants, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Northern California.

“It is appalling that ICE has added this mass surveillance database to its arsenal, and that local law enforcement agencies and private companies are aiding the agency in its surveillance efforts,” Vasudha Talla, a staff attorney with the organization, said in a release. “Local law enforcement agencies must immediately stop sharing their residents' information with this rogue and immoral agency.”

The ACLU of Northern California released records obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that showed more than 80 local law enforcement agencies from municipalities like Union City and Merced, Calif., are sharing information with ICE, which, under a $6.1 million contract uncovered last year, has access to Vigilant Solutions’ automated license plate reader (ALPR) database.

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