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How Can I Find Out if Someone Was Deported?



If you're trying to find out whether someone was deported from the United States by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), you have a few legal options. By law, deportation information is public, but you need to have some basic details to locate information about a specific individual.

Your options depend on how much time and effort you want to invest in researching the matter yourself, and how much money you're willing to spend to hire an expert to gather the information.

Fastest, Easiest Way to Locate Deportee Information

The easiest way to determine whether someone's been deported is to hire an immigration attorney or private investigator to do a search to determine if an individual has been deported. Professionals will have access to subscription-only databases that can be used to quickly search immigration court records.

Searching Yourself

If the individual was recently in ICE custody, you can search for them on the ICE Online Detainee Locator System, which contains information about people who are currently in ICE custody or who have been released from custody within the last 60 days. To search the database, you'll need to know:

  • The detainee's A-Number and country of birth, OR
  • The detainee's first name, last name and country of birth, with the option of also including the detainee's date of birth

If you're unable to find the individual in the detainee locator system, then you have two other, more complicated ways to search for a detainee:

  • If you know which immigration court heard the individual's case, then you can search for the court records.
  • Alternately, you can do a Freedom of Information Act request for government records related to the individual.

Visit LawyerLocator to learn more about immigration law or to locate an immigration lawyer in your area.

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