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Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Definition/Scope: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Formed in 2003 as part of the federal government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, ICE’s mission is to protect the security of the American people and homeland by vigilantly enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws. ICE combines innovative investigative techniques, new technological resources and a high level of professionalism to provide a wide range of resources to the public and to our federal, state and local law enforcement partners. ICE is comprised of four operational divisions: Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO), Office of Investigations (OI), Office of Intelligence (Intel), Office of International Affairs (OIA). With more than 19,000 employees in over 400 offices in the U.S. and around the world, ICE plays a vital role in the DHS layered defense approach to protecting the nation.

Used For:

Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement



Broader Terms:

D. C.
law enforcement agencies
Washington, D. C.

Narrower Terms:

Joint Terrorism Task Force

Related Terms:

Human Factors Behavioral Sciences Division

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