WHAT IS ICE (U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT)?
- ICE was created in 2003 by a merger between parts of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
- It is responsible for enforcing federal laws related to border control, customs and immigration, and is the internal immigration police.
- It has more than 20,000 employees with more than 400 offices throughout the country and abroad.
- The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion.
- It has activities such as: holding migrants in detention centers.
- The agency conducts immigration investigations.
- It also conducts criminal investigations throughout the country.
WHEN CAN A PERSON BE DETAINED BY ICE?
- When ICE officers raid a work site, such as a construction area or any other place where ICE believes there are people without legal status.
- When a person is accused of a crime and was detained by state authorities, or may have been stopped by the police for a traffic ticket. Here ICE can verify if this person has legal status.
- When a person enters the U.S. without inspection or illegally.