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Immigration and Nationality Law
|BICE Reorganization Announced
The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE) announced a reorganization plan to be effectived on June 9, 2003. The plan will create a headquarters structure for the BICE's operational components and a field structure that provides an intergrated chain of command. At the headquarters level, the plan will establish a structure that supports five divisions: 1) Investigations; 2) Detention & Removal; 3) Intelligence; 4) Air & Marine Interdiction; and 5) Federal Protective Service. These divisions will report to the Assistant Secretary of ICE.
At the field level, a Special Agent in Charge for ICE Investigations. Twenty-five veteran law enforcement officers will be designated as ICE Interim Special Agents in Charge, and will be responsbile for directing ICE investigative operations and resources in designated geographic areas. The field reorganization will also align the reporting structures of Detention and Removal field units with the interim ICE Special Agent in Charge.
BICE, which currently has approximately 14,000 employees, is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). BICE encompasses some of the functions of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Customs Service, and the Federal Protective Service (FPS).
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