DHS offices have access to computerized information on lawfully admitted aliens and
aliens removed from the United States. DHS also maintains physical files on such aliens,
which are maintained by the DHS servicing office that last took an action with regard
to the alien. After a certain time, files are sent to a Federal Records Center for
storage. However, they should be available to document actions taken by DHS.
DHS files may contain a photograph and fingerprints of deportees and may include a
description of scars, tattoos, and other identifying physical characteristics which
can help to establish identity. Some files contain background reports and statements
made by the deportee which can be useful.