Inside ICE

Mythili Sampathkumar

Book - 2020

Immigration and Customs Enforcement was formed in 2003 by President George W. Bush as part of the effort to combine and consolidate several border protection, immigration, and port security services into one agency. This book gives an overview of the functions, structures, and controversies encountered by the federal agency. From the post-9/11 role of the agency to the recent immigration scandals, students will learn how this enforcement force patrols our borders to keep out criminals and terrorists and what happens when its work becomes politicized.

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New York : Enslow Publishing 2020.
Main Author
Mythili Sampathkumar (author)
Physical Description
48 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Grade 5 to 8.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • The history of ICE
  • What does ICE do?
  • ICE and immigration law
  • Controversial decisions
  • The future of ICE.
Review by Booklist Review

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency was founded in 2003 as part of the nation's reaction to the attacks of September 11, 2001. This installment of the Inside Law Enforcement series (5 titles) details the brief history of ICE, lays out its mission and range of operations (beyond the highly publicized separations and deportations), discusses immigration law, and brings the focus to the controversies that have beleaguered the agency's short existence. It's not a flashy book the text is direct, accompanied by the occasional photograph or sidebar and an early avalanche of governmental acronyms may be difficult to navigate, but Sampathkumar does an excellent job of establishing the context, distinguishing ICE from its sister agencies, and framing the facts in a nonpolitical way that raises necessary questions while allowing readers to draw their own conclusions. Most important, it arms young citizens with the knowledge necessary to engage in what will be an important topic in political conversations for years to come. --Ronny Khuri Copyright 2010 Booklist

From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.