What was the purpose of the Absconder Apprehension Initiative and is it a type of initiative appropriate in today's fight against terrorism?
Here is the official report from Homeland Security:
In the report "fugitive" and "absconder" are used as identical synonyms.
The fugitive absconder program (officially the National Fugitive Operations Program, or NFOP) was meant to find and deport illegal aliens that have committed crimes. Apparently, there had been a large backlog of these cases, and the events of 9-11 led to this program being founded (in 2002).
The NFOP comes under the office of Detention and Removal Operations. The concept of "fugitive" or "absconder" refers to the fact that these people, having been caught once, still have refused to leave the country. These are criminals not just in that they are illegal, but also that they have committed other crimes. This is a serious problem, as the above report states on page 3:
"As of March 2006, there were an estimated 11.5 to 12 million illegal aliens living in the United States. As of August 2006, the Office of Detention and ...
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