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What is Immigration and Customs Enforcement?


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, part of the Department of Homeland Security since 2003, is responsible for enforcing laws concerning immigration, customs, border control and trade. The agency had a $6 billion budget in 2016, with about 20,000 employees. ICE arrests and deports undocumented immigrants and those considered a threat to public safety, and investigates travel and trade crimes, including money laundering and human trafficking.