Two bills have been introduced in the House that would formally authorize Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), chairwoman of the House Homeland Security Committee’s Border and Maritime Security subcommittee, introduced the bills (H.R. 3846; H.R. 4279) that would authorize the agencies.
“These two agencies help secure the border and investigate cross-border crime, which is critical to our national security. However, since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2002, they have never been formally authorized by the Congress. Earlier this year, I introduced authorizing language for CBP and ICE that will better define their missions and responsibilities to secure the nation, remove dangerous aliens, investigate cross border criminal activity, and facilitate trade and commerce,” Rep. Miller said in announcing an April 8 hearing on her legislation.