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Secure Border and Fugitive Information from ICE

Secure Border Initiative

The Secure Border Initiative (SBI) was unveiled November 2, 2005 by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff in an effort to tackle the serious threat to national security posed when illegal immigrants cross our borders, entering the United States. This multi-year plan is aimed at securing America’s borders and reducing illegal migration.

In addition to border operations, the initiative focuses on interior enforcement, and on strengthening efforts to combat document fraud and on monitoring the worksite. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is achieving these goals through expanded fugitive operations and criminal alien programs, and an expedited removal process enabling ICE to quickly remove “other than Mexican” (OTM) illegal aliens to their home countries. Expedited removal reduces the time illegal aliens remain in detention awaiting their deportation from about 30 days to 15 days.

Since the SBI was implemented in September 2005, close to 4000 non-Mexican aliens were turned over to ICE for detention under expedited removal. Thus far, ICE has removed close to 3,000 of these individuals from the country.

National Fugitive Operations Program

Congress passed the landmark USA PATRIOT Act in response to 9/11. Pursuant to the war on terrorism, and in support of this act, several measures were taken to protect our homeland. The Absconder Apprehension Initiative was established, making the apprehension of absconders, or fugitives, a priority within the Department of Homeland Security. On February 25, 2002, the National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) was officially established under the auspices of the Office of Detention and Removal.

The primary mission of NFOP is to identify, locate, apprehend, process and remove fugitive aliens from the United States, with the highest priority placed on those fugitives who have been convicted of crimes. Furthermore, NFOP’s goal is to eliminate the backlog of fugitives and ensure that the number of aliens deported equals the number of final orders of removal issued by the immigration courts in any given year.

The NFOP Fugitive Operations Teams strategically deployed around the country work solely on those cases identified as fugitives, and attempt to locate and apprehend those persons, who will ultimately be removed from the United States.

The NFOP serves as a resolution unit, assisting in the preparation of cases for entry into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database. NFOP also serves as a clearinghouse for all leads regarding fugitive aliens. Through the use of command centers, NFOP forwards “hot leads” (information identifying the possible locations of these absconders) to the appropriate Fugitive Operations Team for resolution. These “hot leads” are based on information from other law enforcement entities, both internal and external, as well as on information gathered through internal intelligence assets.

Human Smuggling/Human Trafficking

Human smuggling and human trafficking involve bringing illegal aliens into the United States for the purpose of economic or sexual exploitation (in the case of trafficking) or for the sake of avoiding our immigration laws (in the case of human smuggling). Both are growing threats that ICE special agents strive to combat in an effort to keep our homeland secure and our borders protected. ICE is firmly committed to combating human smuggling and trafficking in all their forms. Read More

Most Wanted Program

On May 14, 2003, ICE’s “Most Wanted” criminal alien list was unveiled. This list features aliens convicted of committing serious, mostly violent crimes in the United States. Each has a final order of removal, but had absconded from ICE when ordered to report for removal. In an effort to broaden this program, the most wanted list is posted on the ICE website at This enables the public to view the list and call in tips.

ICE's Most Wanted Criminal Aliens

The ICE Most Wanted Criminal Aliens list, first unveiled on May 14, 2003, features foreign nationals from around the globe who have been convicted of committing serious crimes in the United States and served their time. Each of these criminal aliens have been issued orders of removal, commonly referred to as deportation orders, but have eluded law enforcement, thereby posing a continuing threat to public safety. Read More

ICE's Most Wanted Fugitives

ICE Most Wanted Fugitives Check out ICE’s Most Wanted Fugitives, and report any sightings to 1-866-DHS-2-ICE as soon as possible! To view detailed profiles of each suspect select the photo of the fugitive. Read More