WASHINGTON - John Morton, Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), delivered remarks today at ICE headquarters honoring ICE agents and officers killed in the line of duty. The ceremony coincided with National Police Week, which is held annually each May to honor federal, state and local officers and agents who work tirelessly to keep our nation safe.
Morton, who was joined by U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, stated that the business of law enforcement can be difficult, challenging and dangerous regardless of where officers serve in our nation. Last year, the United States suffered the loss of 116 law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Morton acknowledged that ICE agents and officers work in a world marked by high risk, long hours and personal sacrifice. He reiterated how grateful he is for the work ICE employees do on a daily basis, and stated that we would not be a great country if it were not for the dedication and the strength of our criminal justice system.
During the ceremony, Morton unveiled ICE's own Honor and Remembrance Memorial. The memorial is dedicated to the law enforcement officers from ICE and its legacy agencies who gave their lives in the line of duty. The families of four fallen agents and officers attended this solemn ceremony.
Additionally, ICE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Operations Alonzo Peña spoke today at D.C. Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) headquarters. He thanked the MPD, the Fraternal Order of Police D.C. Lodge #1 and the D.C. Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors for their call to "serve and protect." Peña thanked the MPD for protecting the residents of the District each and every day in order to make our streets safer and our country more secure.
He added that we honor all the courageous men and women in law enforcement - especially those who gave their lives while providing the highest level of safety and security to the American people.
To read the Assistant Secretary's remarks, visit the Speeches and Testimonies page.