ICE Law and Legal Definition
ICE is the acronym for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The ICE is a U.S. federal agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is responsible for identifying, investigating, and dismantling weaknesses relating to the nation's border, economic, transportation, and infrastructure security. It is the principal investigative arm of the DHS, and the second largest investigative agency within the U.S. federal government. The ICE is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of over 400 federal statutes within the U.S.
The ICE was established in 2003 by merging the investigative and interior enforcement elements of the U.S. Customs Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C. The ICE aims to protect the U.S. and uphold public safety by enforcing immigration and customs laws. It is led by a director who is appointed at the sub-Cabinet level by the President of the United States, confirmed by the Senate. The director reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security.
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