ICE List of Specially Designated Countries (SDCs) that Promote or Protect Terrorism

Screening Aliens From Specially Designated Countries

The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General issued a report in May 2011 titled “Supervision of Aliens Commensurate with Risk” that details Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) detention and supervision of aliens.  The report  includes a list of Specially Designated Countries (SDCs) that are said to “promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members”.  The report states that ICE uses a Third Agency Check (TAC) to screen aliens from specially designated countries (SDCs) that have shown a tendency to promote, produce, or protect terrorist organizations or their members and that the purpose of the additional screening is to determine whether other agencies have an interest in the alien. ICE’s policy requires officers to conduct TAC screenings only for aliens from SDCs if the aliens are in ICE custody.

According to the report, ICE provided this list of specially designated countries. ICE policy requires officers to perform a TAC for detained aliens from these countries.1

  • Afghanistan
  • Algeria
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Djibouti
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Indonesia
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Mauritania
  • Morocco
  • Territories of Gaza West Bank
  • Oman
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Tajikistan
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Turkmenistan
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Uzbekistan
  • Yemen

A graph shows the population of aliens from Specially Designated Countries (SDCs) as of September 30, 2009.

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Source notes:

  1. Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General.   Supervision of Aliens Commensurate with Risk.  May 2011.  p. 18 []

3 comments for “ICE List of Specially Designated Countries (SDCs) that Promote or Protect Terrorism

  1. bloodyhell
    July 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    Seems to be missing North Korea (DPRK).

  2. accukrak
    March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Ahhhh no.

    If you actually read the article, this program is intended for aliens seeking ENTRY INTO THE US. How many North Koreans do you see trying to emmigrate into the US? ALso, how many terroristic acts perpetrated within the US or against US interests abroad can be attributed to North Koreans?

  3. Ivan Himmelhoch
    August 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Am genuinely somewhat surprised that Israel was mentioned here – and not in a classified document sui generis.

    Given the status of permitted arms transfers to Israel from the US as published in a plethora of Open Source Foreign Affairs Estimates et al documents, the seemingly blanket designation of Israel here would apparently as a matter of law and security policy, mandate the US to satisfy itself that each Israeli who enters the US, especially officials, would ex necessitato require to be treated as a national from a country that promotes terrorism.

    The only possible reason I have been able to come up with – and I stand corrected if wrong – is that it would not have been appropriate for numerous policy reasons to have effectively have ‘split’ the Israeli population into some Jewish/Palestinian dichotomy.

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