Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established upon the merging of the US Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service in 2003 and now has become one of the investigative and enforcement agencies under the Homeland Security agency.
The agency enforces the laws on border control, including the enforcement of immigration laws on trade and customs.
Its primary components include two departments, namely the Enforcement and Removal Operations and the Homeland Security Investigations. The federal law enforcement agency.
The primary concern of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the enforcement of immigration laws in the United States.
Its authority, duties, and powers include the following:
Authority of ICE and its Special Agents
The primary concern of the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the enforcement of immigration laws in the United States. Its authority, duties, and powers include the following:
- Interrogating aliens regarding their rights to stay in the United States
- To arrest, even without a warrant, any alien who, in the agent’s presence is violating or about to violate the immigration laws of the United States
- To board and search any alien on plane, boats or vehicles that are within the territorial waters of the US
- To make an arrest on anyone committing an offense involving a violation of any law pertaining to the admission and expulsion of aliens
- To arrest anyone committing any federal offense that is committed in the presence of the ICE agents.
- To carry firearms and execute orders or serve warrants and subpoena.
- Authority to administer an oath and take evidence
- Detain aliens who violate the law on controlled substances
- Deport aliens who are wanted for a crime in other countries
In performing its duties, the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts the investigations involving the cross border crimes such as the following:
- Human smuggling
- Human rights violations
- Art theft
- Human trafficking
- Drugs trafficking
- Arms trafficking
- Cross border financial crimes like money laundering
- Transnational gang
- Trafficking of counterfeit pharmaceuticals
- Trafficking of goods and merchandise
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