Washington, D.C. – The House of Representatives today approved a resolution (H. Res. 990) expressing support for the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) applauded today’s House approval of the resolution in the statement below.

Chairman Goodlatte: “Every day the brave men and women of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement keep our communities safe from dangerous criminals, including drug traffickers and sex traffickers, and seek to maintain the integrity of our immigration system. ICE officers have the dangerous mission of rescuing exploited children and victims of human trafficking, as well as making arrests of dangerous criminal aliens. ICE officers make our nation and communities safer by carrying out their duties. Calls to abolish ICE are irresponsible, are opposed by the American people, and are offensive to the thousands of men and women who enforce our nation’s immigration laws to keep us safe and protect the homeland. I applaud my colleagues for passing a resolution to express our support for ICE personnel. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service to our country.”

Background on ICE: Among its responsibilities, ICE is tasked with enforcing immigration laws to enhance homeland security and public safety. ICE employs more than 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices in the United States and 46 foreign countries.

ICE keeps Americans safe from dangerous criminal aliens:

  • In fiscal year 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested more than 127,000 criminal aliens. Those arrested were responsible for 76,000 dangerous drug offenses, 48,000 assault offenses, 11,000 weapon offenses, 5,000 sexual assault offenses, 2,000 kidnapping offenses, and 1,800 homicide offenses.
  • ICE Homeland Security Investigations made more than 4,800 gang-related arrests in fiscal year 2017.
  • In fiscal year 2017, ICE identified or rescued more than 900 sexually exploited children and 518 victims of human trafficking.

ICE plays role in combating drug crisis facing U.S.:

  • In fiscal year 2017, ICE seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics, including thousands of pounds of the deadly drugs fueling the opioid crisis.
  • ICE seized nearly 2,400 pounds of fentanyl and 7,000 pounds of heroin, and logged nearly 90,000 investigative hours directed toward fentanyl in fiscal year 2017.

ICE protects national security:

  • ICE was created in 2003 to better protect national security and public safety after the 9/11 terrorists exploited immigration laws to gain entry into the U.S. Many of the 9/11 hijackers committed visa violations.
  • ICE identifies dangerous individuals before they enter out country and locates them as they violate our immigration laws.