The issue of immigration and deportation has been in the news a lot lately, most recently with President Trump’s tweet about ICE raids. ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and it is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security. ICE was created by the U.S. government in 2003, partly in response to the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001. It is important to distinguish that ICE is separate from Customs and Border Protection, which is responsible for securing the United States’ borders with Canada and Mexico. The most recognized division of ICE is called the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). This department of the agency arrests, detains, and deports illegal immigrants who are already in the United States.
Duties of an ICE Agent
All ICE agents and deportation officers with ERO are expected to uphold U.S. immigration law at all times within, at, and beyond U.S. borders. The primary duties of ICE agents are to:
- Enforce customs and immigration laws
- Protect federal facilities and commercial airlines
- Apprehend, process, detain, and deport illegal or criminal aliens
In addition, part of the immigration agents’ job is to interview people seeking entry into the United States. These encounters with ICE agents can sometimes be nerve-wracking for the immigrants, but the agents must follow specific protocol. It is also important to understand that immigrants also have the right to remain silent and have an attorney present before answering any further questions. In a lot of cases, people dealing with ICE are undocumented immigrants, people in the United States on a visa, or green cardholders....