The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Authorization Act (HR 2406) was approved Wednesday by the House Committee on the House Judiciary Committee. The bill would finally authorize ICE as the premier federal immigration enforcement agency.
Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), said the bill authorizes ICE for the first time in law and ensures a core mission is the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws. Notably, the bill makes targeted reforms to both ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) within ICE to maximize their efficiency and effectiveness. It also codifies the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), an office created by the Trump administration to provide access to information and resources to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens as well as to the families of victims.
Goodlatte said in a statement that, “The United States is a nation of immigrants but we are also a nation of laws. If we enforce our immigration laws now, we will help deter illegal immigration in the future. We have a duty to ensure our immigration laws are enforced, operate efficiently, and work in the national interest. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has never been authorized in the law, and it’s past time that we do so. My bill ensures a core mission of ICE is to enforce our immigration laws in order to protect public safety and national security, and to maintain the integrity of our immigration system. This bill, coupled with the Davis-Oliver Act and other legislation, ensures ICE has the tools needed to carry out its mission.”