Policy Number: lOon.I
Office ofIhe AssiSlnnl SecreJary
FEA Number: 601-14
U.S. Department of il omeland St'curi ty
500 12th Street. SW
Washington. D.C. 20536
JUN 3 0 2010
AII ICE Employees
Civil Immigration Enforcement: Priorities for the Apprehension,
Detention, and Removal of Aliens
This memorandum outlines the civil immigration enforcement priorities of U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) as they relate (0 the apprehension, detention, and removal of aliens.
These priorities shall apply across all ICE programs and shall infonn enforcement activity.
detention decisions, budget requests and execution. and strategic planning.
A. Priorities for the apprehension, detention. and removal ofaliens
In addition to our important criminal investigative responsibilities, ICE is charged with enforcing
the nation's civil immigration laws. This is a critical mission and one with direct significance for
our national security, public safety, and the integrity of our border and immigration controls .
ICE, however, only has resources to remove approximately 400,000 aliens per year, less than 4
percent of the estimated illegal alien population in the United States. In light of the large number
of administrative violations the agency is charged with addressing and the limited enforcement
resources the agency has available, ICE must prioritize the usc of its enforcement personnel ,
detention space, and removal resources to ensure that the removals the agency does conduct
promote the agency's highest enforcement priorities, namely national security, public safety, and
To that end, the following shall constitute ICE's civil enforcement priorities, with the first being
the highest priority and the second and third constituting equal, but lower, priorities.
Priority 1. Aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety
The removal of alien