In March 2003, the Homeland Security Act set into motion what would be the single-largest government reorganization since the creation of the Department of Defense. One of the agencies in the new Department of Homeland Security was the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, now known as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Congress granted ICE a unique combination of civil and criminal authorities to better protect national security and public safety in answer to the tragic events on 9/11. Leveraging those authorities, ICE’s primary mission is to promote homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.
ICE now has more than 20,000 law enforcement and support personnel in more than 400 offices in the United States and around the world. The agency has an annual budget of approximately $6 billion, primarily devoted to three operational directorates – Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA). A fourth directorate – Management and Administration – supports the three operational branches to advance the ICE mission.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative agency in DHS. It was formed in 2003 as part of the Federal government’s response to the 9/11 attacks, ICE promotes homeland security and public safety by enforcing Federal laws governing border control, customs, trade, and immigration. ICE combines innovative investigative techniques, new technological resources and a high level of professionalism to provide a wide range of resources to the public and to our federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners.
Operation Team Player is an ongoing effort by ICE and CBP to identify and seize counterfeit items and protect the trademarks and intellectual property of the NFL. Trademark protections help ensure a stronger economy and strengthen the vitality of American businesses.