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ICE's top 5 news stories for the week ending April 18, 2014

April 14, 2014 – Shadow Wolves mark 40 year anniversary of tracking human smugglers and contraband in the Southwest Desert

For 40 years, Shadow Wolves – an elite special unit of tactical officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) – have been scouring about 5,000 square miles of vast southwestern desert tribal land, 75 miles of which are located on the U.S.-Mexico border. Full Story

April 16, 2014 – Homeland Security Investigations returns looted painting to Poland

More than two decades after being stolen, an 18th century painting titled, "Ascension of Christ," is back in the hands of the people of Poland thanks to the efforts of HSI special agents. Full Story

April 15, 2014 – ICE Deputy Director joins global law enforcement community and Catholic Church to combat human trafficking

ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale traveled to Rome April 9-10 to attend the "Combating Human Trafficking" conference, during which Catholic Church leader Pope Francis met with attendees. Full Story

April 18, 2014 – Kansas state sign signifies more than a highway number

A Kansas state highway sign – a bold number 20 in the center of a golden-yellow sunflower – is one of the items on display at ICE's exhibit at the National Crime and Punishment Museum in Washington, D.C. Full Story

April 10, 2014 – ICE arrests 40 criminal aliens in east Texas during 3-day operation

Officers from ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Fugitive Operations Teams arrested 40 convicted criminal aliens during a three-day operation which concluded April 12. Full Story