U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal law enforcement agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ICE's stated mission is to protect the United States from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety.
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|U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement|
|Motto||"Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety"|
HSI’s motto: Honor, Service, Integrity
|Formed||March 1, 2003|
|Annual budget||$7.6 billion (FY 2018)|
|Operations jurisdiction||United States|
|Headquarters||500 12th Street SW|
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Parent agency||United States Department of Homeland Security|
|U.S. citizenship and immigration|
|United States portal|
This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods. ICE has two primary components: Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
ICE maintains attachés at major U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. ICE does not patrol American borders; rather, that role is performed by the United States Border Patrol, a unit of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, which is a sister agency of ICE.