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  Feds Crack Down On Green-Card Marriages, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Investigated Nearly 700 Cases In 2005 - ...
Federal immigration authorities are investigating whether the three defendants were part of a sham-marriage ring aimed at helping immigrants from Africa obtain their green cards, or permanent U.S. residency.
Immigration officials and prosecutors say phony green-card marriages are a common and growing crime, and they are cracking down.
Immigration officials focus on sophisticated moneymaking rings, not individuals doing someone else a favor, as in the 1990 romantic comedy “Green Card.” In the movie, a Frenchman who wants a green card and a New Yorker who wants an apartment get married, only to fall in love.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2006/10/20/national/main2112619.shtml   (945 words)

  Center for Immigration Studies
Customs and immigration investigators were put in the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
And the argument about that is that customs inspectors say that their skills are so specialized that you need a particular customs inspector, and immigration inspectors say the same thing, that the law is so complicated that you need someone who is solely focused on immigration law to deal with that.
There’s a commitment to resources to support enforcement at present if a new piece of legislation that embraced the president’s principles for immigration reform were to come from the hill and he were to sign it.
www.cis.org /articles/2004/inspanel.html   (11295 words)

 Center for Immigration Studies
There are three parts to any immigration enforcement system, three filters to identify unwanted people for exclusion or deportation: First, the visa process overseas; second, inspections and patrols at the border; and, finally, enforcement of immigration laws in the interior of the country.
Tolerating mass illegal immigration is by no means the only factor increasing the chance that terrorists will successfully enter and remain in the country, but by not enforcing immigration law we have made life easier for the large number of terrorists who have broken immigration laws.
Strict enforcement of the law overseas, at the border, and in the interior of the United States can help restore order to our anarchic immigration system and is one of the most effective means we have of reducing the threat from foreign-born terrorists.
www.cis.org /articles/2003/msktestimony410.html   (5357 words)

 Migration Information Source - Spotlight on US Immigration Enforcement
Immigration enforcement entails locating, arresting, detaining, and removing non-citizens (including legal permanent residents) in violation of immigration laws.
Immigration enforcement activities are carried out by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Immigration enforcement entails locating, arresting, detaining, and removing non-citizens (including legal permanent residents) who violate the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), as well as those who attempted illegal entry, have made illegal entry, or those who entered legally but have since lost their legal status.
www.migrationinformation.org /USFocus/display.cfm?ID=335   (2498 words)

 Immigration Nominee's Credentials Questioned
The Bush administration is seeking to appoint a lawyer with little immigration or customs experience to head the troubled law enforcement agency that handles those issues, prompting sharp criticism from some employee groups, immigration advocates and homeland security experts.
The push to appoint Julie Myers to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, part of the Department of Homeland Security, comes in the midst of intense debate over the qualifications of department political appointees involved in the sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina.
ICE was created from remnants of the former immigration and customs services.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/content/article/2005/09/19/AR2005091901930.html   (595 words)

Last year, a single ICE worksite enforcement investigation resulted in a settlement and forfeiture of $15 million, an amount that represented the largest worksite enforcement penalty in U.S. history and surpassed the sum of all administrative fines from the previous eight years.
For the first time, immigration authorities are being leveraged with other authorities to better target significant public safety threats to our communities, such as violent gang members and sexual offenders.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established in March 2003 as the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
www.ice.gov /pi/news/factsheets/immigration_enforcement_initiatives.htm   (1480 words)

 ParaPundit: Immigration Law Enforcement Archives
National and local level enforcement of immigration laws has the potential to send the illegals running back to their countries of origin.
Immigration enforcement plunged by a few orders of magnitude from 1997 to 2004 and today enforcement is truly token.
Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies says immigration law enforcement can be improved to deter people from entering the country illegally and to encourage those who are here illegally to leave.
www.parapundit.com /archives/cat_immigration_law_enforcement.html   (14825 words)

 Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Assistant Secretary of Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
Effective border controls and interior enforcement of immigration and customs laws is a crucial component of an effective homeland security strategy.
Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement Michael J. Garcia will discuss the progress made by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in its restructuring efforts and how it will improve the domestic enforcement of immigration and customs laws.
www.heritage.org /Press/Events/ev072303a.cfm   (198 words)

 DHS | Enforcement News
August 27, 2007 (Omaha, Neb.) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers arrested or identified 18 immigration fugitives, criminals and illegal aliens during a four-day enforcement operation in the metropolitan area here.
May 1, 2007 (Newark, N.J.) - U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the successful completion of a three-week targeted law enforcement operation in New Jersey that resulted in the arrest of 217 immigration violators and alien fugitives, including 37 with criminal records.
April, 27 2007 (Prescott, Ariz.) - A total of 35 immigration violators were arrested here this week during a joint three-day operation involving officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office.
www.dhs.gov /ximgtn/enforcement   (1229 words)

 The lowdown on immigration enforcement
Experts say worksite enforcement is crucial to the success of any guest-worker plan passed by Congress.
Public complaints related to worksite enforcement and to immigration and customs violations in general are a very valuable source of investigative leads for us.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, takes complaints related to worksite enforcement and to immigration and customs violations in general.
www.azcentral.com /specials/special50/articles/1024guest-ice24.html   (669 words)

 Rocky Mountain News: Local
Immigration officials say they are trying to focus on criminals — especially those who've slipped through the cracks at least once already.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement sometimes tries to deport criminally charged immigrants in Colorado before they stand trial or are sentenced.
Immigration agents released half the people they detained who were here illegally from countries that sponsor or support terrorists, a federal study found.
denver.rockymountainnews.com /news/immigration/index.shtml   (1686 words)

 Immigration and Naturalization lawyer, Chicago and Northwest Suburbs law firm, Green card, work permit visa, ...
Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS): This bureau is responsible for immigration services and benefits including: the adjudication of family- and employment-based petitions; issuance of employment authorization documents; asylum and refugee processing; naturalization; and implementation of special status programs such as Temporary Protected Status.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): ICE handles the investigative and interior enforcement functions of the former INS, U.S. Customs Service, and the Federal Protective Services.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP): CBP is responsible for the Border Patrol, immigration investigations, and the inspections process at the borders.
www.callyourlawyers.com /immigration.html   (732 words)

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As of December 2003, customs criminal investigators formerly in DHS's Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency were transferred to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, leaving customs inspection personnel in CBP.
Although the U.S. Customs Service was moved from within the Treasury Department to the Department of Homeland Security, the day-to-day work record of the criminal investigators assigned to customs matters in the post- 9/11/01 years is strikingly similar to that in the period immediately before the attacks.
The relative stability of customs enforcement from FY 1999 through the first quarter of FY 2004 strongly contrasts with the trends for the agency in the late-1980's and most of the nineties when its prosecutions, convictions, etc. moved sharply higher, driven mostly by a heavy new emphasis in the drug area.
trac.syr.edu /traccus/latest/current   (696 words)

 Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) - U.S. Embassy Singapore
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office Singapore implements this mission statement by conducting investigations with law enforcement officials in seventeen (17) Asia Pacific Countries and in accordance with applicable bilateral and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT) agreements within these areas of responsibilities.
Please be advised that the aforementioned section does not cancel any open enforcement action initiated by the U.S. government prior to the effective date of the regulation or any seizure, forfeiture, penalty, or liquidated damages case that is considered closed in accordance with Customs or another agency's regulations.
Customs imposes restrictions on the importation of articles whose trademarks have been registered, and these restrictions apply to purchases that accompany nonresident visitors as well.
singapore.usembassy.gov /ice.html   (4379 words)

 Oyez: Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 543 U.S. 335 (2005), U.S. Supreme Court Case Summary & Oral ...
As a result the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) argued in immigration court that Jama should be deported to Somalia.
Federal immigration law permitted an alien to be removed to a country without the advance consent of that country's government.
Of the four removal options federal immigration law listed, an acceptance requirement appeared in only one clause: "...he shall be removed to another country whose government will accept him." That clause only applied after the attorney general attempted the prior deportation option.
www.oyez.org /cases/2000-2009/2004/2004_03_674   (303 words)

 Congressman Jim Matheson -Immigration And Naturalization
Immigration rules and regulations can be complex and the immigration process is often slow.
Immigration and related enforcement functions were divided into separate agencies.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (USICE) is responsible for all enforcement functions, including deportation.
www.house.gov /matheson/fedgovhelp_imm.shtml   (857 words)

 Michael J. Garcia, Former Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 2003-2005
In March 2003 President Bush appointed Michael J. Garcia as the Assistant Secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and he was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in November 2003.
The ICE mission is to secure the homeland through enforcement of immigration and customs laws and by protecting U.S. commercial aviation and federal facilities.
Garcia served as Acting Commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) from December 2002 to February 2003 before it was integrated into the Department of Homeland Security.
www.whitehouse.gov /government/garciam-bio.html   (368 words)

 Immigration enforcement  - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: )
President Bush has put forward a comprehensive vision for immigration reform that will secure our borders, strengthen interior enforcement and create a temporary worker program that is not amnesty but will provide a legal, regulated path for those seeking work in the United States.
If we had sufficient access to no-match data, we could better target our enforcement efforts to the companies that are most likely to be deliberately exploiting illegal labor: the companies that have the largest percentage of no-match employees.
Certainly there will be occasions where employers will be able to offer legitimate explanations for their behavior, but Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents need sufficient access to scrutinize the no-match data.
www.washtimes.com /op-ed/20060615-084025-1571r.htm   (1006 words)

 Merger of immigration, customs agents causes friction (10/22/03)
Customs, by contrast, made investigations a priority, and its agents long have been known for their skill working drug smuggling and money laundering cases.
Customs' initiative to track terrorist finances, Operation Green Quest, had been the agency's crown jewel in the war on terrorism, but the agreement with the Justice Department prohibits ICE from even using the Green Quest name.
Veteran Customs agents still will be paid through the old Customs payroll system, now used by Customs and Border Protection, until their personnel information is entered into the old INS payroll system, which ICE will use.
www.govexec.com /dailyfed/1003/102203p1.htm   (3639 words)

 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > Metro -- Immigration may soon check inmates
A federal immigration agent could be stationed full time at the downtown county jail in as little as a month, screening incoming inmates to see if they are deportable.
While Immigration and Customs Enforcement is seeking greater access to the jails, sheriff's officials say there is still no interest in the department applying for a federal program known as 287(g), used by some law enforcement agencies in California and other states.
However, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol have accompanied sheriff's deputies on recent weekend operations in Vista in what department officials have described as an effort to lower crime in the city.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/metro/20060602-9999-7m2inmates.html   (840 words)

 American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Plans Immigration Sweeps
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
The ICE initiative consists of a stepped up effort to arrest a number of non-citizens whose immigration paperwork is "out of status." While ADC encourages and supports all measures to enhance our nation's security, ADC is troubled by the idea that immigration sweeps are being portrayed as successes in the war on terror.
ADC reiterates its strong objection to any selective enforcement initiative that is based solely on race, national origin, or religion.
www.adc.org /index.php?id=2350   (1259 words)

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, “ICE”, brings together approximately 14,000 Federal employees who focus on the enforcement of immigration and customs laws within the United States, the protection of specified federal buildings, and air and marine enforcement.
Customs Intelligence — responsible for the collection, analysis, and dissemination of strategic and tactical intelligence data for use by the operational elements of customs enforcement.
In a nutshell, the new structure: integrates legacy Immigration and Customs Investigations; establishes a separate chain-of-command for Detention and Removal; integrates legacy Immigration and Customs Intelligence; and leaves intact the structures of Air and Marine Interdiction and the Federal Protective Service.
www.azpbs.org /horizon/immigration.html   (1351 words)

 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
With the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security the functions and jurisdictions of several border and revenue enforcement agencies were combined and reconstituted into Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Office of Detention and Removal - DRO is responsible for public safety and national security by enforcing the nation's immigration laws and ensuring the departure from the United States of all removable aliens.
DRO has Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEAs) that are the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement within the interior of the United States, whereas the U.S. Border Patrol is the uniformed presence of immigration enforcement on the border.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Immigration_and_Customs_Enforcement   (1357 words)

 Immigration Functions in the Department of Homeland Security   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Aside from enforcing immigration laws, the bureau is charged with enforcing custom laws and protecting the over 8,000 federally owned and leased buildings within the United States and its territories.
The BICE’s immigration enforcement strategy is a “comprehensive interior enforcement strategy to systematically combat illegal immigration inside the United States by attacking its causes, not merely its symptoms.” The BICE’s immigration intelligence service will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and disseminating real-time intelligence to domestic and overseas immigration-related field offices.
The BCBP (http://cbp.customs.gov) enforces immigration and customs laws at and between the 307 ports of entry into the United States.
www.twmlaw.com /resources/immdhs.html   (1008 words)

 USATODAY.com - Conflicts strain border and immigration efforts   (Site not responding. Last check: )
"DHS' border enforcement role is simply too important to permit the degree of dysfunction spawned by the current organizational structure to continue," the report concludes.
Even if customs and immigration aren't merged, the inspector general says the problems investigators encountered must be addressed.
Both immigration and customs are without permanent leaders.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2005-10-06-border-report_x.htm?csp=34   (594 words)

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