In 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) launched the Law Enforcement Notification System (LENS) nationwide to alert state and local law enforcement agencies when an undocumented immigrant with a conviction for certain violent crimes is released from ICE custody and cannot currently be repatriated to their home country. At the time of the initial rollout, LENS notifications were sent to a designated State law enforcement agency or the State’s designated fusion center, which would then be responsible for determining their own procedures to share the notification with other law enforcement agencies within the State.
Following feedback from state and local law enforcement during the first year of operation, LENS has recently been modified to allow any state or local law enforcement agency to subscribe to receive LENS notifications directly. Once registered, subscribing agencies receive LENS notifications through the National Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (NLETS) when an alien has indicated that they intend to reside in the agency’s jurisdiction. A notification is also sent to the agency when an alien is being released from an ICE facility located within that agency’s jurisdiction.
For additional information on LENS, and to learn how to subscribe to receive notifications directly through NELTS, please see the attached Fact Sheet.
Questions about the LENS can be sent to LENSemail@example.com or OSLLE@hq.dhs.gov.
Assistant Secretary for State and Local Law Enforcement
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
See Fact Sheet at this link.