ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement

Immigrants and others in the United States have likely heard the term ICE being used when talking about immigration issues. Some people wonder, what is ICE? Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is an agency that is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is the agency that is responsible for border protection, and is responsible for enforcement of immigration laws in the country. ICE is comprised of a number of different groups. Some of the most important are listed below.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) employees investigate various issues that are a threat to national security. These issues range from drug and human trafficking, to gang activities, to money laundering, and human rights violations. The agents are tasked with enforcement of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)

The Enforcement and Removal Operations department enforces the U.S. immigration laws. Any immigrant found to have broken the law will be deported with help from this group. The agents who work in this area have many functions including locating, apprehending, and removing aliens who are in the country illegally. They also work with immigration detention and processing.

Special Response Teams (SRT)

Special Response Teams (SRTs) are tactical teams that operate like SWAT teams. They assist with high-risk situations that involve immigrants. These teams work to serve search warrants, assist with barricade situations, and assist in other events as deemed necessary. These teams are located primarily in large cities including Phoenix, Tampa, Chicago, San Diego, New York, Houston, and others.

Additional ICE Agents to Be Added

Recent changes have been announced regarding immigration issues. As a result, it has been announced that additional ICE agents will be employed to assist in immigration deportation measures. The immigration laws will be enforced according to the laws that are in place. For many, this step may mean that they could be in danger of deportation. If so, it is advisable to speak with an immigration attorney as soon as possible.

Resolving Immigration Issues to Avoid Deportation

Deportation is a serious concern for many people who are in the United States without legal documentation. The law is clear that those who are here illegally will be removed. However, there are still some questions regarding those who came to the U.S. as children. These people are known as “dreamers” and may be allowed to remain for a period of time. Each situation is different, and you may be able to attain a visa to establish legal status.

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This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you need legal advice regarding ICE, or other Immigration Law matters, please feel free to contact Phil D. Ortega at 480.461.5330, log on to,  or contact an attorney in your area. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full-service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.