U.S. Government Signs Agreement with Ministry of National Security

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Ambassador Moreno looks on as National Security Minister Peter Bunting and ICE Asst Director Matthew Albence sign MoU

Today, United States Ambassador to Jamaica, Luis G. Moreno and Minister of National Security Peter Bunting, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) Assistant Director, Matthew Albence, participated in a signing ceremony for the Criminal History Information Sharing (CHIS) memorandum of cooperation. The memorandum which was officially signed by Minister Bunting and AD Albence, will enhance the US Government’s ability to share records containing the immigration and criminal histories of Jamaican nationals, being repatriated from the United States.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Moreno said the CHIS enhances the strong bilateral relationship between the US and Jamaica and “represents a milestone in the US-JA law enforcement partnership”.  In his presentation Minister Bunting also said that the signing “signals increased levels of trust and cooperation between the two governments” and he looks forward to the technical support to be provided. These sentiments were echoed by Albence who said “We look forward to building our information-sharing capabilities to protect the people of Jamaica and the United States.”

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(l-r) Ambassador Moreno, National Security Minister Peter Bunting and ICE Asst Director Matthew Albence during MoU signing

The CHIS initiative is managed by ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). Through the initiative, ERO provides its partners with criminal conviction information on foreign nationals being removed from the United States. ERO also receives information about foreign criminal convictions related to those individuals. These records assist in the identification and classification of individuals within the agency’s criminal removal priorities and in support of national security.

The U.S. Government has signed similar agreements with the Governments of Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

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