Obama administration wants to use ‘estes’ freight tracking data to investigate Trump’s immigration order
The Department of Homeland Security is looking to use data from Estes Freight Tracking to investigate the immigration order issued by President Donald Trump, according to a leaked draft of the request.
The Homeland Security and Justice departments, the Treasury Department, and the Office of Foreign Assets Control have all requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine review the order issued to halt immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.
The order bars immigration from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen for 90 days, suspends the issuance of visas for 90 consecutive days and suspends U.S. refugee resettlement for 120 days, according the Department of State.
The order also suspends admission of refugees for 120 consecutive days.
The draft request was obtained by The Intercept via a Freedom of Information Act request.
It specifically asks for data from the company that operates Estes.
Estes provides freight tracking for shipping containers to the U.N. and the World Food Program.
The request specifically asks that Estes use the data for “research and analysis.”
“Estes freight data provide a valuable resource for the Secretary to monitor trends in shipments and assess trends in freight movement,” the request states.
The National Acaderies of Sciences and Engineering and the National Institutes of Health have all been working with Estes since the travel ban took effect.
The Institute for Science and International Security and the Harvard Center for Global Health are both working on projects focused on using Estes data.
Estes was the first company to provide freight tracking on U.K. containers that carried the “emergency cargo” of refugees from Syria and Iraq.
Esters data was later used by the U,S.
government to determine how to handle refugees in the U., according to the New York Times.
Estates data is also used by U.k. authorities to determine where refugees are housed, and how to prioritize where they can be placed, according a leaked U.C. Berkeley study.
Estates data also helped determine how many refugees were transferred from a refugee camp to a refugee processing center.
The U.F.O.A. reported that Estates tracking data is being used to monitor the travel of migrants, including refugees, and is being shared with U.H.S., U.P.R., and other U.s. authorities.
“Estes is a leader in the global freight movement tracking market and is committed to providing timely, reliable and open-source freight tracking solutions to U. S. and international law enforcement and government agencies,” the company said in a statement.
Estages data also has helped identify people and businesses who may be trying to exploit the refugee crisis in the United States, according U.U.S.-based law enforcement experts told The Intercept.
Estations data has also helped the FBI, DHS, and U.B.I. track the flow of weapons, explosives, and other items into and out of the U.-Boat Channel, according experts.
Estases data is part of a larger collection of U.f.O.’s data on cargo shipments, the data is “consistent with” Estes’ data, said Richard Fennell, director of the law enforcement program at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Fennel noted that Estas’ data on the U-Boat channel has been a valuable source for law enforcement.
Fennell said that Estares data was also used to track the “high-volume” movements of illegal drugs in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its members.
“The data on [illegal drugs] was used by our U. B.I.-led team to identify high-volume, high-value smuggling operations, and to identify potential drug trafficking targets,” Fennels told The Associated Press.
The data also allowed law enforcement to identify and track a large number of drug smugglers.
According to Fennells research, “Estates’ data is more robust than most commercial data sources because it can be independently verified.”
He said that its availability and reliability make it a valuable data source for tracking illicit traffic.
The leaked draft request from the Department is the first one to go public since the administration made its executive order banning immigration from the six Muslim majority countries, which were approved by the Trump administration in February.
The U.A.-B.A., which represents the interests of American businesses in the EU, has also been lobbying the White House to reconsider the ban.
In a statement, the A-B.
As president, Trump has been criticized by the business community for the order.
In a statement to The Intercept, Fennes said that the “exclusion of Syrian refugees is indefensible,” adding that the ban is contrary to the United Nations charter, and “sends a clear message that we will not accept refugees.”
In a March 20 statement to Reuters, Ferenks group said the UA-B-A and other groups had