by Kyle Perisic
The personal responsible for creating a database of over 1,500 Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) employees’ personal information and spreading it to the terrorist organization Antifa is a professor at New York University.
Sam Lavigne, a far-left artist and game designer, is an adjunct professor at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He created a database of 1,595 self-identified ICE employees using their LinkedIn profiles and shared it to his 3,600 followers on Twitter on Tuesday morning.
Antifa, the formally recognized far-left terrorist organization, picked up the database and spread it to their followers on Twitter hours later. The database also spread to a subgroup on Reddit that encourages spreading personal information — such as where they live and their contact information, known as “doxxing” — of people who they consider “Nazis” or “alt-right,” which, according to them, includes ICE and the NSA.
“Doxxing ICE agents is good and moral,” one Reddit user posted on a thread that shared the database.
“Dox more Nazis,” another read.
“I’ve downloaded and made available the profiles of (almost) everyone on LinkedIn who works for ICE, 1,595 people in total. While I don’t have a precise idea of what should be done with this data set, I leave it here with the hope that researchers, journalists, and activists will find it useful,” Lavigne wrote in a now-deleted Medium blog post.
Github, where Lavigne published the database, removed the page, saying it violated its terms of service.
“We removed the project because it violates our community guidelines,” a GitHub spokesperson said. “In general, we have policies against use of GitHub for doxxing and harassment, and violating a third party’s privacy.”
The database that Antifa spread, however, was an internet archive of the original post, so they still have access to ICE employees personal information — which in this case included full names, what city they live in, and what their role is at ICE.
Lavigne created the database following reports of President Donald Trump’s “inhumane” zero tolerance policy regarding illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border.
Protests erupted following reports that illegal immigrants were from their children after illegally enter the country at the southern border. As a consequence ICE has fallen under heavy scrutiny.
The Obama administration, however, exercised the same policy. From 2010 to 2016, the Obama administration prosecuted almost half a million illegal aliens in the U.S. and one fifth of the prosecutions resulted in separated families, The Daily Caller reported.
NYU did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation with comment at time of publication.
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Kyle Perisic is a reporter at Daily Caller News Foundation. Follow Kyle on Twitter @KylePerisic.