Between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, ICE will prioritize its efforts on the first three homeland security missions identified in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Report.
Between fiscal years (FY) 2010 and 2014, ICE will prioritize its efforts on the first three homeland security missions identified in the 2010 Quadrennial Homeland Security Report: (1) preventing terrorism and enhancing security; (2) securing and managing our borders; and (3) enforcing and administering our immigration laws.
These priorities, along with ICE’s goals, objectives, and strategies, leave room for adjustment during the next five fiscal years. These goals will guide enforcement initiatives, budget requests, budget execution, resource allocations, and policy decisions.
1. Prevent Terrorism and Enhance Security
ICE seeks to prevent terrorist attacks against the United States and to dismantle threats to homeland security before they materialize. This includes preventing the entry of people and materials that pose a threat to national security; investigating and removing suspected terrorists or their supporters; and preventing the export of weapons and sensitive technologies that could be used to harm the United States, its people, and its allies. Objectives under this heading include: (1.1) prevent terrorist entry into the United States; (1.2) remove individuals posing a security threat; (1.3) support direct investigation of terrorists, and (1.4) protect the United States and its allies through counter-proliferation investigations.
2. Protect the Borders Against Illicit Trade, Travel, and Finance
Transnational criminal and terrorist organizations attempt to exploit lawful movements and transportation systems and to create alternative, illicit pathways through which people and illegal goods – narcotics, funds and weaponry – can cross the border. ICE plays a critical role in the Department’s layered approach to border security. As DHS’s largest investigative agency, ICE responds to investigate criminal activity if U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) interdicts contraband at the border.
3. Protect the Borders Through Smart and Tough Interior Immigration Enforcement
Protecting and securing the borders involves action overseas, at the border and ports of entry, and inside the United States. ICE will engage in effective enforcement at the border and ports of entry by supporting the apprehension, detention, and removal of newly arriving aliens seeking to enter illegally. Within the United States, ICE will pursue an enhanced worksite enforcement program to reduce the incentive for aliens to come to, enter, and remain unlawfully. Towards this end, ICE will make increasing use of employer I-9 audits, fines and criminal indictments where warranted.
Stewart Rabinowitz is President of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C. Mr. Rabinowitz is Board Certified in Immigration and Nationality Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. To contact a Dallas immigration lawyer or Dallas immigration attorney visit Rabinowitzrabinowitz.com