Where does ICE come from?
ICE was created after the passage of the United States Homeland Security Act. The act—a Congressional move made in response to the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001—spelled out the creation of a new federal agency, the Department of Homeland Security.
Underneath the Homeland Security umbrella were a number of new agencies, including US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, which was born in March 2003.
ICE agents are officially charged with “immigration enforcement,” “investigating illegal movement of people and goods,” and “preventing terrorism.” As part of that mission, ICE performs Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the term the agency uses to describe its removal of individuals from the United States who have been ordered to be deported.
ICE is not the same as the United States Border Patrol (USBP), another federal agency that is involved in the immigration debate, however the two agencies do work together.
Who uses ICE?
Federal employees use ICE in place of Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the sake of brevity.
When it comes to the general public, however, the acronym is most often used when discussing immigration issues in the United States. Tensions over a zero tolerance border crossing policy—created by the Trump administration—that separated asylum-seeking parents from their children prompted social media calls for ICE to be disbanded in early summer 2018, with use of the hashtag "#AbolishICE."
ICE's HSI Forensic Laboratory provides a broad range of forensic, intelligence and investigative support to ICE, DHS and many other U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies.
@ICEgov, June, 2018
The level of corruption on all levels is beyond. Ex-ICE chief counsel sentenced for stealing undocumented immigrants' identities https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ex-ice-chief-counsel-sentenced-for-stealing-undocumented-immigrants-identities/ … #abolishice
@Alyssa_Milano, July, 2018
When we have an “infestation” of MS-13 GANGS in certain parts of our country, who do we send to get them out? ICE! They are tougher and smarter than these rough criminal elelments that bad immigration laws allow into our country. Dems do not appreciate the great job they do! Nov.
@realDonaldTrump, July, 2018