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ICE will see the locations of the cars through the license plate database of the Bay Area firm




Federal immigration officials across the country will be able to track where the vehicles have been after hiring a Livermore company that maintains a large database of plate scanners, said on Friday

James Schwab, a spokesman for the United States Immigration Office. and the Customs Enforcement office in San Francisco, confirmed that the agency entered into a contract with West Publishing, which is partnering with Bay Area's Vigilant Solutions company to provide the service. The contract was reported for the first time by the news site The Verge.

ICE "has issued an award of a single-signature fixed price contract to obtain query-based access to a commercially available license plate reader database," Schwab said in a statement. "Like most other law enforcement agencies, ICE uses information obtained from license plate readers as a tool for their investigations."