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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Abbreviation ICE
US ICE logo.jpg
ICE is a component of the United States Department of Homeland Security
Motto "Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety"
Agency Overview
Formed 2003, March 1
Preceding agencies
  • Criminal investigation resources of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service
  • United States Federal Protective Service
  • Investigative and intelligence resources of the United States Customs Service
Annual Budget $5 billion (2008)
Legal personality Governmental agency
Jurisdictional Structure
Federal agency United States
Constituting instrument Homeland Security Act of 2002
General nature
  • Civilian agency
  • Federal law enforcement
Operational Structure
Headquarters Washington, D.C.
Agency executive John P. Torres, Acting Assistant Secretary
Parent agency U.S. Department of Homeland Security
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement SWAT
A US ICE agent

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest and primary law enforcement agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Its duty is to protect the nation's border. Its main office is located in Washington, D.C..

ICE is run by an assistant secretary, who is given the job by the President of the United States, confirmed by the Senate, and reports directly to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

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  • List of United States federal law enforcement agencies

International agencies like ICE

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