New Name, Same Old New World Charm

On March 1, 2003, the Immigration and Naturalization Service became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and its functions were divided into various bureaus of that department. There's the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. Services mind you. And there's the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). But underneath the new coat of paint, it's still the same loathsome and arbitrary bureaucracy. Read those two links and gnash your teeth.

Or maybe (here's a horrible thought), now that it's got that Homeland Security vibe, it's getting worse.

ICE Vision

To be the nation's preeminent law enforcement agency, dedicated to detecting vulnerabilities and preventing violations that threaten national security. Established to combat the criminal and national security threats emergent in a post 9/11 environment, ICE combines a new investigative approach with new resources to provide unparalleled investigation, interdiction, and security services to the public and to our law enforcement partners in the federal and local sectors.

ICE Core Values


We will adhere to the highest standards of honesty and conduct.


We will be accountable for our actions; we will do the right thing even when it is not the easy thing; and we will always fulfill our duties with courage.


We will strive for excellence in all things, aspiring to the highest standards of performance, professionalism, and leadership.

Yah, right.

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