Last updated on: 1/7/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“Working throughout the nation’s interior, together with our DHS [Department of Homeland Security] and other federal counterparts and with the assistance of state and local law enforcement entities, ICE is vigorously pursuing the most egregious employers of illegal workers. ICE is educating the private sector to institute best hiring practices, and with its support is identifying systemic vulnerabilities that may be exploited to undermine immigration and border controls. A large part of our worksite enforcement efforts focuses on preventing access to critical infrastructure sectors and sites to prevent terrorism and to apprehend those individuals who aim to do us harm. That is why the Administration has proposed a comprehensive overhaul of the employment verification and the employer sanctions program as part of the President’s call for comprehensive immigration reform.”

“Statement of Matthew C. Allen, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, Smuggling and Public Safety Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Before the House Subcommittee on Regulatoty Affairs: ‘Is the Federal Government Doing All it Can To Stem the Tide of Illegal Immigration?'” Rayburn House Office Building, Jul. 25, 2006

Description:

“Created in March 2003, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The agency was created after 9/11, by combining the law enforcement arms of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the former U.S. Customs Service, to more effectively enforce our immigration and customs laws and to protect the United States against terrorist attacks. ICE does this by targeting illegal immigrants: the people, money and materials that support terrorism and other criminal activities. ICE is a key component of the DHS ‘layered defense’ approach to protecting the nation.”

“About Us,” www.ice.gov, Mar. 29, 2006

Mission:

“Our mission is to protect America and uphold public safety. We fulfill this mission by identifying criminal activities and eliminating vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation’s borders, as well as enforcing economic, transportation and infrastructure security. By protecting our national and border security, ICE seeks to eliminate the potential threat of terrorist acts against the United States.”

“About Us,” www.ice.gov, Mar. 29, 2006

Other:
Government organization