At ICE Foundation, our mission is to support more than 20,000 ICE employees in over 400 offices in the US and 46 foreign countries through financial aid, awareness campaigns, and scholarships. Our Board of Directors strives to honor the traditions of ICE because they understand very well the importance of the agency to make America a better place. While ICE is fundamental to protect our country and its citizens, not everyone is familiar with ICE’s history.
In response to the attacks of 9/11, President George W. Bush introduced the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which created the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Operations began in 2003 with the mission to fight terrorism, enhance security, secure U.S. borders, enforce immigration laws, and safeguard cyberspace.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security unified over 20 different federal agencies and programs. It also absorbed the duties of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the U.S. Customs Service. Three new agencies were created, including the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which was renamed to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in 2007.
Also in 2007, ICE saw some of its first enforcement success in the arrest of Majid Al-Massari, a Saudi Arabian computer security specialist in Seattle. He had been using his skills to promote terrorist activities and spread Al Qaeda’s propaganda through the internet.
By the time of its 10th anniversary in 2013, ICE was one of the most important criminal investigative agencies in the U.S. government. The agency’s top 10 high profile removals include John Demjanjuk, a former Nazi death camp guard and a resident of Ohio, and Jean-Marie Vianney Mudahinyuka, who was accused by Rwandan authorities of crimes against humanity during the 1994 genocide.
Now that you know more about the history of ICE, we invite you to read about how the ICE Foundation supports the ICE mission and its agents. Check out our website if you’re interested in making a donation or volunteering.