Who Is ICE?

We’ve spoken a lot about who the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in this blog. But who exactly is this agency? And what do they do?

ICE is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Home Security. It is responsible for investigating and protecting America’s borders, as well as enforces the laws regarding customs, trade, and immigration. It was created in 2003 by merging the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the former U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

ICE is responsible for protecting America from any crime that crosses the border as well as illegal immigration that could possibly threaten national security. Its three major missions are:

  • Enforcing immigration laws, which is the agency’s largest area of responsibility
  • Investigating any illegal movement of people and/or goods that come into the country
  • Prevent terrorism

ICE also makes sure that businesses are employee lawful workers so no one is taken advantage of. For instance, if a business relies on undocumented immigrant laborers, chances are those employees are living on poor wages and work in inadequate conditions. If this happens, then ICE may soon be knocking at the door.

It is the responsibility of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) to remove anyone who presents a danger to national security and yes, that may mean you. Once you are arrested, you may be placed in an ICE detention center. We’ve discussed conditions of these detention centers in the past. Not the most pleasant of places.

If you have a loved one who is being detained by ICE and is in need of an immigration bond, we can help. Contact Freedom Federal Bonding Agency today. Hablamos Español.


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