United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Law and Legal Definition

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an investigative bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is the enforcement arm of immigration (formerly INS) and border security, and is responsible for enforcing the nation’s immigration and customs laws which protect national security and public safety. ICE also oversees the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). ICE consists of more than 19,000 employees worldwide and is a key component of the DHS.