U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contributes to national security by investigating immigration law violations and ensuring the departure from the United States of removable aliens.
Opponents of private immigration detention centers operated on behalf of ICE are ultimately striving to achieve amnesty for illegal immigrants. This is demonstrated by the situation in California, where legislation will likely cause a reduction in total ICE detention capacity.
Airports in Washington State, most prominently including King County International Airport near Seattle, are refusing to service ICE Air flights. For the time being, ICE is using McAllister Field in Yakima to transport detained aliens to and from its detention center near Tacoma.
How cell-site simulators, more commonly known as stingray devices, are used by ICE in criminal investigations concerning illegal aliens. In a recent incident, such devices were used by ICE to fix the location of an illegal alien in New York City who was wanted for felony violations of the law.
Immigration activists pressured Oklahoma County to remove ICE officers from the county jail. Less than three months later, an accused repeat rapist from El Salvador was set loose. The long-term agenda of those activists is described here.
The House Committee on Oversight and Reform has sent sweeping requests for information to private operators of ICE detention facilities. In light of recent developments, it seems that the committee is searching for information that could be useful to them in the future.
King County, WA, severs its connection with LInX, an important law enforcement information sharing system that enables investigators to search for data across jurisdictional boundaries. This federal system helps them to prevent, stop and solve crimes.
In the opening statement of his testimony before the Homeland Security subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, ICE Acting Director Matthew Albence makes the case for increased funding for ICE law enforcement operations.
Anti-ICE activists have been targeting Amazon Web Services because AWS provides essential cloud computing services to federal law enforcement agencies combating illegal immigration. These activities include blocking traffic and disrupting conferences.
Gregory Nevano, Assistant Director at ICE Homeland Security Investigations, describes the problems of human smuggling and trafficking at the southwestern border, which have intensified with the wave of migration from Central America.