Skip to comments.How Do I Report Suspected Illegal Aliens or Suspected Illegal Immigration Activity?
Posted on 10/28/2003 8:15:02 PM PST by ambrose
How Do I Report Suspected Illegal Aliens or Suspected Illegal Immigration Activity?
The main thrust of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) of 1996 was on illegal immigrants. Indeed, most of its provisions were aimed at improving the ability of law enforcement agencies, including Federal Immigration enforcement units, to deter illegal migration and combat illegal immigration activity. Therefore, Federal Immigration enforcement units are interested in identifying, and then removing, illegal immigrants from the United States, and in prosecuting those caught pursuing criminal immigration activities.
The United States, as a nation of immigrants, is an ethnically and religiously diverse country. In the years since our establishment, we have become a country with a large number of ethnically diverse native born groups. To this diversity we must add the annual arrival of hundreds of thousands of additional immigrants ? including those coming in through the Diversity Lottery Visa Program -- authorized by the Immigration Act of 1990. People will look and act differently because of this rich diversity. Not everyone who looks or acts different is here illegally. Most of the neighbors and friends and people encountered during daily living will be Americans or aliens here legally for short- or long-term reasons. It is virtually impossible to know the immigration status of people in the United States just by looking at them or listening to them speak. And, as is well known, it is illegal to discriminate against people on the basis of race, religion, national origin and so on.
While identifying and dealing with illegal immigration activities is an important element of theImmigration enforcement core mandate, safeguarding the civil rights of all Americans and aliens is also important. The procedures below detail ways for people to report suspected illegal aliens or suspected illegal immigration activities to the Immigration officers. Federal Immigration professionals are the ones with the training and information needed to determine whether or not these suspicions might warrant further investigation.
Therefore, while we appreciate the tips, Immigration will investigate and follow up according to its internal policies, priorities and procedures. Persons reporting such activities should not expect to see immediately any particular action one way or the other. Even in those cases where further investigation is warranted, it takes time for the facts to be known, true status determined, and action authorized.
Here are some examples of the most common violations of United States Immigration laws:
(This is not a complete list of violations.)
The Immigration and Nationality Act is a law that governs the admission of all people to the United States. For the parts of the law concerning illegal immigration activities, please see
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Each Immigration field office has a specific process for reporting suspected illegal alien activity. You should first decide where the suspected illegal alien activity or illegal alien is located. Our offices have areas of jurisdiction that are generally determined by state boundaries. Please see our field offices home page to find the location of the immigration office that will need the information you can provide. Each field office home page has a section entitled "About Us." Within this section, look under "Contacting Us" and then scroll down to "Enforcement Activities." Here we explain how to report suspected illegal alien activity or illegal aliens.
Immigration offices receive hundreds of notifications of suspected illegal alien activity and suspected illegal aliens each year. We use this information in planning our enforcement efforts. We do not provide status on specific reports of illegal activity. Many enforcement actions occur as a result of several sources of information.
Normally, the person that provides the information will not be contacted after the initial report is filed nor kept informed of any actions by Immigration authorities. The person providing the information is not required to give his/her name or other personal information.
We greatly appreciate the assistance of the public in identifying possible suspected illegal alien activity and suspected illegal aliens. If you provide information, it will be evaluated and used to help us better enforce our immigration laws.
Last Modified 06/09/2003
First, find a politician or LEO who cares...
INS informed me; 'thanks but no thanks' they were under orders from the Regional office to focus it's resources on only possible illegals 'other' than Mexican.
Years ago, my friend owned a convenience store that did a lot of business with the migrant workers. One day, his employee told him he had seen one of the Mexicans put something in his pocket.
So my friend takes the foreman aside and tells him that he appreciates his business, but he won't tolerate the crew stealing from him. He said he wasn't going to call the law, but he expected the man who had shoplifted something to put it back on the shelf.
So the foreman huddled with his crew, warning the shoplifter about the owners threat. In less than a minute, every single one of the Mexicans raced around the store, emptying their pockets of things they had shoplifted.
Although that makes an amusing tale, that is precisely why Mexicans are "profiled" in our community. And I still couldn't tell you which ones were legal and which ones were not.
This administration doesn't consider fraudulent documents much of a crime, I'm sure it's still a felony for Americans to do so --- but perfectly fine if a foreigner does so. They're handing them SSI and Social Security for doing just that.
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