The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency is a part of the Department of Homeland Security. An immigration customs agent has the responsibility of enforcing customs laws and immigration laws in the United States.
According to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE.gov), a number of different job opportunities are available:
One position with ICE is as a deportation officer. Deportation officers’ conduct the research that is necessary to support decisions that are made in exclusion/deportation cases and help lawyers who represent the government during court actions.
HSI Special Agent
Special agents or criminal investigators that work for the deportation department conduct investigations that involve terrorism and other threats to the security of the nation. This includes child exploitation, drug smuggling, human trafficking, financial crimes, benefit fraud, illegal arms export, identity fraud, commercial fraud, as well as other issues.
Immigration Enforcement Agents (IEA)
Immigration Enforcement Agents are responsible for performing duties that are related to the identification, investigation, detention, prosecution, and the deportation of illegal aliens. An IEA will help with the processing and the removal of an alien to their original country of citizenship.
There are numerous intelligence careers available with ICE. This includes intelligence officers who analyze and evaluate information and coordinate large criminal investigations. An intelligence research assistant provides administrative support for intelligence operations by gathering data. Intelligence research specialists evaluate and analyze information and prepare intelligence products accordingly. There are also positions as managers, program analysts, and mission support specialists, who work in the office to make sure each operation runs according to plan.
Preparing for a Career as an Immigration Customs Agent
A person interested in becoming an immigration customs agent should strongly consider learning a foreign language, particularly Spanish. ICE jobs are posted online at www.usajobs.gov. Most people will have to start at an entry level position within their area of expertise. When applying for a position with the ICE it is important to make sure that you meet all of the requirements for the position which may include a combination of education and experience.
In addition, it is important to note that to obtain a job with ICE you will have to go through an extensive interview process that includes a thorough background check. Anyone that has ever been convicted of a crime or has previous drug use will automatically be disqualified from a position with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Once a person has gone through the application and interview process they will then have to participate in the ICE training program. All new hires of ICE are required to attend 22 weeks of basic training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Georgia. The formal FLETC training program involves basic technical instructions that must be completed to continue as an ICE agent. Trainees are also expected to undergo regular physical fitness assessments during training.