The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enlists immigration enforcement actions in order to avert illegal access into the country. DHS is in charge of arresting and deporting individuals who are in the country unlawfully or have not complied with U.S. immigration regulations.
There are departments within DHS that have the principal function of immigration law enforcement. These departments are as follows:
- The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
- The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
Immigration laws at and around the ports of entry are enforced by CBP. Interior enforcement, as well as detention and ejection operations, are handled by ICE. Application determinations and petitions for immigration and naturalization benefits are managed by USCIS.
Recent Immigration Enforcement Actions
In early August, ICE agents visited seven worksites across six cities in Mississippi. They arrested roughly 680 people that they claimed to be undocumented immigrants. Before the raid, the United States had historically never seen such a massive single-state workplace enforcement.
Agricultural processing plants were targeted as a portion of a year-long investigation into unlawful immigrant employment in the state.
Some of the individuals that were swept up by ICE in the raid were prosecuted for crimes, some were rapidly deported, and others were discharged pending immigration court hearings.
ICE declared that the raids were a function of regular ICE operations in which pursue the enforcement of U.S. immigration regulations.
We Can Help
If you have citizenship goals of your own or were caught up in an ICE raid, the attorneys at Maney | Gordon | Zeller are here to help. With more than 100 years of combined legal experience, we are intimately familiar with United States immigration laws and procedures. Our team can successfully navigate you through the complicated process as we ensure your best interests and rights are well-represented. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your case right away.
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