Since its inception in 2003, the National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) has arrested more than 445,000 removable noncitizens.
The National Fugitive Operations Program (NFOP) provides policy direction, strategic planning, and operational oversight for ERO’s efforts to locate, arrest and reduce the population of at-large removable noncitizens within the U.S. The NFOP manages budget, resource planning and investigative support to at-large enforcement efforts within the 24 ERO field offices, including 129 Fugitive Operations Teams that prioritize enforcement efforts toward noncitizens who present a heightened threat to national security and public safety, such as transnational gang members, child sex offenders and noncitizens with prior convictions for violent crimes. The NFOP is also responsible for ICE Probation and Parole Enforcement, the Mobile Criminal Alien Teams, and ERO’s Special Response Teams. NFOP plans and directs national enforcement operations to further national security and public safety objectives and provides logistical and operational support to local enforcement operations.
Key ICE Fugitive Operations Initiatives
Operation Cross Check
Operation Cross Check serves as the operational umbrella for focused enforcement efforts that target specific priority groups, such as at-large criminal noncitizens convicted of violent crimes.
Sex Offender Arrest and Removal (SOAR) is a coordinated foreign-born sex offender enforcement operation that builds on ICE’s ongoing efforts to target and remove these egregious criminal noncitizens from our communities.
The ERO Top 10 Most Wanted program focuses on ICE Fugitives who are egregious public safety or national security threats as defined by the Secretary’s September 30, 2021, Memorandum, titled Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law. ERO conducts an assessment of the individual and the totality of the facts and circumstances to ensure resources are focused most efficiently on those who pose the greatest threat. Through this public awareness program, ERO distributes copies of wanted posters to various federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to assist in the identification of fugitive criminal noncitizens who have been identified as the most egregious offenders.