In this last month of the celebration, instead of looking back, we look forward.
While ICE has considerably grown in our first 10 years, our agency continues to evolve and change with the times to address current threats and prepare for dangers on the horizon before they emerge.
Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will enforce the nation's immigration laws in a fair and effective manner.
Management and Administration will continue to make the agency's mission possible by providing legal support and professional management, while helping to guide the dynamic growth and future of ICE.
These items, previously imported into the United States, were discovered as part of an investigation that began in 1998, under the U. In 2006, after the Polish government became aware that the paintings were going to be sold at auction in New York, it enlisted the assistance of HSI. 16, 2011, both "The Hunt" and "Off to the Hunt," also known as "Before Going Hunting in Rytwiany," were judicially forfeited for return to the government of the Republic of Poland.1/21/2011ICE presented a painting by Edgar Degas, "Blanchisseuses Souffrant Des Dents," to the acting French Ambassador to the United States, Jan. The painting, completed between 1870 to 1872, depicts two views of a laundress with a toothache. Together, they investigate potential threats to the homeland, enforce criminal and civil laws, and prosecute those who have violated the law.
In 1961, the painting was loaned to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France, but was stolen from the museum in December 1973. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during routine inspections of goods coming into the United States and given to ICE, which investigated its path through the international art world. Through this team work and by conducting multi-faceted law enforcement operations, ICE protects the United States and its interests.
Among the archeological pieces returned to the people of Mexico were five pre-Columbian statues, more than 4,000 pre-Columbian artifacts and 26 pieces of pre-Columbian pottery, which date back more than 1,500 years.7/12/2012ICE returned 14 stolen and looted cultural paintings and artifacts to the government of Peru at a repatriation ceremony at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D. The items were recovered in five separate investigations by HSI special agents in New York; West Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Austin and Houston, Texas. The professor and one other individual were indicted for conspiracy to transport, receive, possess, conceal and store stolen property though the charges were ultimately dismissed. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protects the United States by promoting homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.
Returned to the Peruvian people were nine religious paintings, a monstrance and four archaeological items that date back more than 2,000 years.4/27/2011ICE repatriated 99 pre-Columbian artifacts seized as a result of operations by HSI Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., to Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, April 27, 2011. HSI special agents intercepted shipments of pre-Columbian artifacts destined for the United States addressed to a professor at a U. The professor agreed to surrender 99 Panamanian pre-Columbian artifacts, valued at approximately 0,000, which he illegally imported into the United States from Panama as part of the plea agreement.4/26/2012Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage were repatriated April 26, 2012, at a ceremony at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D. Two 2,000-year-old ceramic vessels, one Roman marble sculpture, one Renaissance painting and three music sheets from choir books dating back to the 13th century were recovered during four HSI investigations.9/22/2011ICE returned the Julian Falat paintings "The Hunt" and "Off to the Hunt" during a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York, to the president of Poland, Sept. The oil on panel paintings were stolen from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, by the Nazis during World War II. To accomplish this mission, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor uphold more than 400 laws.The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute provides HSI special agents with on-site training on how to handle, store, photograph and authenticate cultural property and works of art.Since 2007, more than 6,600 artifacts have been returned to 24 countries.Through our international and domestic offices, we will continue to work with our law enforcement partners to combat transnational crime, find and arrest child predators, repatriate individuals wanted by our foreign law enforcement partners and arrest and remove dangerous criminal aliens.To accomplish this complex mission, we will continue to employ only the most qualified candidates – because every unit, office and individual in ICE is crucial to the agency's success.Over the past decade, ICE has improved border security by increasing our presence on the southwest border and strengthening our relationships with our law enforcement partners.