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Interagency task force created to combat illicit opioids



Interagency task force created to combat illicit opioids
On October 23, U.S. Representative Evan Jenkins (R-W.Va.) introduced legislation aimed at combating the opioid epidemic. The Fentanyl and Heroin Task Force Act creates an interagency task force focused on eradicating the illicit fentanyl and heroin trade. Representative Katherine Clark (D-Mass.) co-sponsored the legislation. In her remarks, Rep. Clark spoke… Read More

ICE, law enforcement address intellectual property crime



ICE, law enforcement address intellectual property crime
Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) recently joined law enforcement and security professionals at the 11th annual International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference. The two-day conference took place at the end of August. The conference aims to combat transnational organized intellectual property crime and develop joint… Read More

ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security



ICE, CBP update Senate on gang threat to U.S. security
On June 21, the Senate Committee on the Judiciary met for a hearing titled  “The MS-13 Problem: Investigating Gang Membership As Well As Its Nexus to Illegal Immigration, and Assessing Federal Efforts to to End the Threat.” During the hearing several individuals representing U.S. government agencies, including those representing the… Read More

DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry



DHS looks to prevent terrorist entry
Last week, officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) testified in a House Committee on Homeland Security hearing on preventing terrorist entry to the U.S. The Committee hearing focused on the new Task Force on Denying Terrorists Entry to the United States, which was established earlier this year. The… Read More

DHS opens VOICE office for victims of crime



DHS opens VOICE office for victims of crime
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE) office on April 26. The VOICE office will assist victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants, and is intended to keep victims informed of the immigration proceedings of suspects. President… Read More

DHS releases first Declined Detainer Outcome Report



DHS releases first Declined Detainer Outcome Report
Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued the first U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Declined Detainer Outcome Report (DDOR). The DDOR is mandated by the president’s executive order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” signed on January 25 of this year. ICE… Read More

DHS releases 2016 statistics



DHS releases 2016 statistics
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released their end of year statistics for fiscal year 2016. These statistics reflect the department’s immigration enforcement efforts prioritizing convicted criminals and threats to public safety, border security, and national security. The report includes data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S.… Read More

Further collaboration needed to stem firearm trafficking



Further collaboration needed to stem firearm trafficking
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently published a follow-up review on firearms trafficking from the U.S. to Mexico. GAO’s original firearms trafficking report was published in 2009. In their recent report, GAO examines the origin of firearms seized in Mexico that have been traced by the Department of Justice’s Bureau… Read More

Justice, others announce anti-trafficking teams



Justice, others announce anti-trafficking teams
This month the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Labor announced the selection of six new Anti-Trafficking Coordination Teams (ACTeam).  These teams will lead Phase II of the ACTeam Initiative, an interagency effort to streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses that began in 2011. The… Read More

Testimony outlines ICE role in enforcement, removal



Testimony outlines ICE role in enforcement, removal
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Sarah Saldaña recently discussed ICE’s work in removing individuals who have crossed the border illegally, have been convicted of felonies or misdemeanors, or have participated in various other illegal activities. Saldaña’s written testimony was addressed to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. The testimony… Read More