The Associated Press has obtained internal documents showing how the US Department of Homeland Security used a program to secretly transfer thousands of people from the Philippines to the US, where they were to be reintegrated into the American society.
The records show DHS transferred 1,100 Filipinos to the United States between 2003 and 2016 and placed another 1,200 on the U.S. “no fly” list.
The DHS was able to circumvent the U,S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) system by “using a system designed to bypass the immigration laws of the Philippines,” the documents said.
The Philippines had implemented a “kill list” that lists people the government believes are “foreign terrorists,” a list that is “generally considered to be unreliable,” according to the documents.DHS officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
In 2016, a Senate report said the Philippines had created a system to “target” people on the no-fly list.
The report cited data from a 2012 U.N. panel, which said the Philippine government’s no-go list of foreign “terrorists” was used to target Filipino citizens.
It also said the system used by the government was “not properly maintained or monitored.”
The Philippines has not denied using the no fly list to target the Filipino population, saying it has no role in such activities.
The U.K.-based National Immigration Forum said the database is “not a secret” and that it “is widely known to the U [U.S.] and is not part of any other national intelligence database.”
In 2017, the Philippines filed a lawsuit against the U-S.
government over the program.
The program was first reported by Reuters, which cited a senior official in the Department of Defense, who said it was used by several countries to monitor people.
The official did not respond to an email seeking comment.
In a statement to the AP, the U the US. said: “The Philippines is a country of laws, which are not subject to the control of a single foreign government.”
It added that it is “committed to maintaining the highest standards of national security and justice for all Filipinos, including those on the watch list.”
In its statement to Reuters, the Pentagon said: The Department of the Defense, U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department for Homeland Security and other agencies have conducted and are conducting extensive oversight and verification activities to ensure the integrity and validity of the watchlist and the procedures used to maintain it.
Department of Justice said it is investigating the allegations.