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Enforcement and Removal Operations

DHS Immigration Enforcement Priorities

In 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a number of measures to strengthen and unify the Department’s immigration enforcement priorities by concentrating resources on the arrest, detention, and removal of individuals identified as posing a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. The 2014 priorities emphasized criminal convictions over criminal arrests, and focused on felonies and significant or multiple misdemeanors over minor infractions of the law. The priorities also focused on forward-looking efforts to further reduce unlawful migration by targeting recent border crossers and those who significantly abuse the visa system.

Written testimony of ICE for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest hearing titled “Declining Deportations and Increasing Criminal Alien Releases – The Lawless Immigration Policies of the Obama Administration”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations Executive Associate Director Thomas Homan addresses how ICE works with U.S. Customs and Border Protection to smartly and effectively enforce the nation’s immigration laws. 

Written testimony of ICE Director for a Senate Committee on the Judiciary hearing titled “Oversight of the Administration’s Misdirected Immigration Enforcement Policies: Examining the Impact of Public Safety and Honoring the Victims”

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Sarah Saldaña outlines the role the dedicated men and women of ICE play in the apprehension, detention, and removal of individuals unlawfully present in the United States and the critical work ICE investigators perform to disrupt and dismantle criminal organizations operating in and affecting American communities.

ICE officials arrest a criminal alien

Combatting Criminal Aliens

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts national "Cross Check" operation Enforcement and Removal Operations officers, with assistance from federal, state and local counterparts, arrested more than 3,100 convicted criminal aliens and imm

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