The mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.
This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.
Immigration enforcement is the largest single area of responsibility for ICE. While certain responsibilities and close cooperation with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and others require significant ICE assets near the border, the majority of immigration enforcement work for ICE takes place in the country’s interior.
Illegal trade, in a very general sense, predominately involve guns, money and drugs, but ICE’s responsibilities extend much further into all kinds of illegal and counterfeit merchandise coming into the country.
Suspected immigration or customs violations should be reported directly to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The Victims Of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office was created to acknowledge and serve the needs of crime victims and their families who have been affected by crimes committed by individuals with a nexus to immigration.
In January 2017, the president announced a series of Executive Orders that provide the Department with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of the department.
Due to a federal court order, USCIS has resumed accepting both initial and renewal requests for deferred action under DACA, including initial requests from individuals who have never before been granted deferred action under DACA. Until further notice, and unless otherwise provided in this guidance, the DACA policy will be operated on the terms in place before it was rescinded on Sept. 5, 2017.
The Office of the Immigration Detention Ombudsman is a new and independent office within the Department of Homeland Security that will assist individuals with complaints about the potential violation of immigration detention standards or other misconduct by DHS (or contract) personnel, and provide oversight of immigration detention facilities.
Source: Department of Homeland Security, “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” https://www.dhs.gov website. Accessed January 19, 2021. https://www.dhs.gov/topic/immigration-and-customs-enforcement
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