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How to report someone to immigration

Updated March 21, 2017

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for locating, investigating and deporting non-U.S. citizens who have evaded the immigration laws of the United States. Noncitizens who enter the U.S. unlawfully without inspection or overstay their privilege to be within the borders of the U.S become illegal aliens and are subject to apprehension by ICE officials. The ICE also is charged with apprehending immigrants who commit crimes. Making an effort to report someone to immigration is helpful to immigration officials and also works to protect the community.

Call the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tip line at 866-347-2423.

Provide the operator with the alien number (if available) of the person you are reporting. An alien number is a registration number issued to non-U.S citizens who have been approved to enter the United States. An illegal alien would not have this number. If you do not have the alien number, provide information such as full name, age, address, work locations and any tattoos that could possibly identify the person.

Explain to the operator why you are making a report — either the person is here illegally or the legal immigrant is involved in illegal activities. If reporting a legal immigrant, be sure to make a clear determination between an actual crime and a simple lack of tact. Making a report simply because the person has painted his house pink is not valid. However, if the person is a known drug dealer in your neighbourhood, this type of report is valid.

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