ICE agents have special authority from the Department of Justice to operate outside of the bounds of the Constitution, anywhere within 100 air miles from the U.S. border—including sea borders. It has over 20,000 employees in more than 400 offices across the United States, and an annual budget of $6 billion. It has also massively expanded the for-profit prison industry, which runs detentions centers rife with abuse.
Just like Bush’s unjust, illegal and devastating war in Iraq, Americans should never have allowed ICE to be created in the first place. For over 15 years, the agency’s power has been abused and continually expanded, forcing local governments to violate residents’ Fourth Amendment rights, impeding local police efforts to effectively serve and protect immigrant neighborhoods, and targeting politicians and activists who challenge the agency’s actions.