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U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of International Affairs (OIA) is the largest international investigative component within in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

The mission of OIA is to protect the United States of America by enhancing national security to prevent terrorist attacks.  In furtherance of this goal, OIA conducts and coordinates international investigations involving transnational criminal organizations responsible for the illegal movement of people, goods, money and technology into and out of the United States. 

Additionally, we interact with the international community on behalf of ICE through representation with international organizations, international training and outreach, coordinating official visits, ensuring the integrity of our visa system and assisting in the repatriation of foreign nationals ordered deported or removed from the United States.

The ICE Attaché Mexico City is responsible for:

  • Coordinating criminal and administrative investigations into violations of United States immigration and customs laws with our counterparts in these countries;
  • Assisting our foreign counterparts with their investigations that have ties to the United States;
  • Assisting in the repatriation of nationals of these countries who have been ordered deported or removed from the United States;
  • Working with the Department of State in these countries to identify visa fraud and coordinating appropriate criminal prosecution with the host country when it is detected;
  • Providing outreach and training to host country officials, businesses, non-governmental organizations, civic groups, industry and others in support of our efforts to combat terrorist travel, human trafficking and smuggling, child pornography and exploitation, money laundering, visa and document fraud, customs fraud and other offenses related to the unlawful movement of people, goods, money and technology into or out of the United States;
  • Coordinating the official visits to ICE Headquarters and field offices of law enforcement, immigration and customs officials from these countries. 

The ICE Attaché Mexico City is an investigative and enforcement arm of DHS and has no inspectional, regulatory or immigration benefit components.