On Jul 08 2010

ICE Announces Realignment of Initiatives

Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it will realign its offices around its two core operational responsibilities – criminal investigation and civil immigration enforcement.

In an internal memorandum from John Morton, Assistance Secretary of ICE, it was announced that ICE will realign its offices to promote criminal investigations over deportation.  The three new directorates are: Homeland Security Investigations (HIS), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and Management and Administration.

HSI will align the existing ICE offices that are primarily devoted criminal investigation, namely the Offices of Intelligence, International Affairs, and Investigations.  This directorate pursue ICE’s existing role as DHS’ principal investigative program, with responsibility for ICE’s national security programs and ICE’s investigative authority over criminal violations of U.S. law relating to illicit trade, travel, immigration, and finance. The directorate will also continue to investigate violations of the employment verification laws and visa violations in the U.S. and abroad.

ERO will align the existing offices in ICE that are primarily devoted to civil immigration enforcement, including the Office of Detention and Removal Operations (DRO) and the Secure Communities program. This directorate will ensure a coherent and consistent approach to civil immigration enforcement in a manner that prioritizes convicted criminals, fugitives and illegal re-entrants, and recent border violators.

Management and Administration will consist of the Offices of the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Information Officer, Human Capital, Acquisition Management, Policy, Privacy, Training and Development, National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit, Freedom of Information Act, the Chief Diversity Officer, and Equal Employment Opportunity. These offices support the missions of HSI and ERO and provide sound agency management.

Assistant Secretary Morton stated that the new directorate system will create a more efficient organization alignment within ICE.