Of the many agencies charged with enforcing our laws, “ICE” is perhaps one of the most formidable. ICE stands for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and is part of the Department of Homeland Security. Along with CBP (Customs and Border Protection), ICE is responsible for enforcing our country’s immigration laws. CBP investigates and enforces immigration and security issues at the border, while ICE handles enforcement matters within the United States. Within ICE, there are many different departments, but the three most prominent that an individual may come into contact with are the Office of Investigations (pre-removal), the Office of Chief Counsel (during removal proceedings), and Office of Detention and Removal (pre and post Removal proceedings). The NJ Field Office is located at 614 Frelinghuysen Ave., 3rd Floor, Newark, NJ 07114. Being apprehended by an ICE agent can be one of the most frightening experiences an individual can experience. We would always recommend seeking the advice of a qualified immigration attorney if you or someone you know has been taken into custody by ICE. One of the immediate ways in which an attorney may help is to contact ICE or alternatively, seek a Bond redetermination from an Immigration Judge. This is of course in addition to exploring an alien’s legal options and researching eligibility for certain forms of relief.
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