The Struggle To Report Illegal Aliens: A Status Report
November 24, 2003, 04:00 AM
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See also: How To Report Illegal Aliens—Updated DHS Version!

The battle continues—namely, the battle to get the federal government to do its job and actually take reports of illegal aliens from the American public.

As is painfully evident from its web site, getting and acting upon illegal immigration tips from the millions of patriotic citizens and law-abiding foreign nationals remains a non-existent priority for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) under Secretario Ridge.

In desperation, many patriots write in desperation to VDARE.COM and myself. Alas, we have no special power over DHS! (Yet). But read on—

Despite the odds, there are many ways for you to get the message across.

* A VDARE.COM reader from the Farmingville, New York, area recently reported a small but significant victory using the national hotline number from the DHS' Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division—"report suspicious activity" (866) DHS-2ICE or (866) 347-2423. The reader wrote:

"We believe EVERYONE should inundate this national hotline number with calls if there is illegal alien activity in your community! We reported suspicious illegal alien activity in Farmingville, NY to Operator 102 at that number. We told Operator 102 that it is a well known fact that over 3,000 illegal aliens have been suspected of residing in Farmingville alone living in over 75 harborages, and that the problem of illegal aliens exists in many Long Island, NY, working class communities in the New York City metropolitan area. Operator 102 said that a report will be made and that the local ICE will be contacting us. Perhaps you all should do the same for your community. Then let's compare notes as to the response we got for our efforts."

* Another VDARE.COM reports a less helpful response after using the FBI's online TIPS form for criminal activity. This reader received the following cordial e-mail (not an automated response) from a Supervisory Special Agent at FBI Headquarters:

"Thank you for your submission to the FBI Internet Tip Line. After evaluating your information, it is our determination that your complaint should be reported to the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE).

"BICE is responsible for investigating violations of the criminal and administrative provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and other related provisions of the United States Code. In addition, BICE is responsible for promoting the public safety and national security by ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens through the fair enforcement of the nation's immigration laws.

"You can visit the BICE website at http://www.bice.immigration.gov to determine the steps you need to take to report the individuals you mention in your tip. Thank you very much for your diligence in this matter."

(I reported on February 26, 2003 that the FBI has been delegated the specific power to enforce immigration laws by the Attorney General as of December 18, 2002 . . . proving that the FBI could have acted on this particular tip if they wanted to. But at least we know they're reading the mail!)

Unfortunately, the web site for BICE (now changed to ICE, for marketing purposes) still doesn't spell out how to report illegal aliens.

But that's where VDARE comes in—doing the job that government web site designers refuse to do.

We now offer a new handy reference guide to reporting illegal aliens and criminal alien residents. You know what to do now.

And remember—the federal bureaucrats are legally required to record every illegal alien report received from the public. The paper trail is in their files, and it will worry them.

Report by telephone:

  • (866) DHS-2ICE to "report suspicious activity"—(866) 347-2423

Report online:


Report by telephone or in person:





  • List of phone numbers for former INS district offices that now have ICE investigations divisions, provided by American Patrol.

Most Wanted Aliens:


  • CBP listing for most wanted fugitives

Report other violations of law:




Federal immigration law enforcement:



  • (Bureau of Customs and Border Protection—CBP)—includes U.S. Border Patrol and inspections at all ports of entry


  • (Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services—CIS) provides "customer service" to all foreign nationals seeking benefits such as employment authorization, permanent residence and U.S. citizenship.

Immigration law reference:


Previous VDARE.COM articles on reporting illegal aliens:

11/23/02 - How To Report Illegal Aliens—Updated DHS Version!

9/29/03—The ICE Meltdown: We Name the Guilty Bureaucrats

9/26/03—Reporting Illegal Aliens: A Citizen Takes Up Arms For His Country

10/10/03—A Very Disgusted Ex-Cop Confronts ICE

11/24/03—Deport The Marietta Three: One Citizen's Crusade

Juan Mann [send him email] is a lawyer and the proprietor of DeportAliens.com.