U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. ICE was created in 2003 through a merger of the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
ICE now has more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational branches
- Homeland Security Investigations (HSI),
- Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)
- Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA)
A fourth directorate – Management and Administration – supports the three operational branches to advance the ICE mission.
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Enforcement and Removal Operations
ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States.
Homeland Security Investigations
The HSI division is responsible for investigating a wide range of domestic and international activities arising from the illegal movement of people and goods into, within and out of the United States.
Management and Administration
- ICE’s Management and Administration directorate includes professional managers and mission support staff who make the ICE mission possible.
- Office of the Principal Legal Advisor
- OPLA is the exclusive legal representative in exclusion, deportation and removal proceedings against criminal aliens, terrorists and human rights abusers in immigration courts around the country.
- In addition, OPLA provides critical legal support to ICE components focusing on customs, cybersecurity, worksite enforcement, ethics, employment law, tort claims and administrative law issues.
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