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Enforcement and Removal Operations

Enforcement and Removal Operations
Enforcement and Removal Operations
Enforcement and Removal Operations


To identify, arrest, and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety, as well as those who enter the United States illegally or otherwise undermine the integrity of our immigration laws and our border control efforts. Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) upholds America's immigration laws at, within and beyond our borders through efficient enforcement and removal operations.

ERO enforces the nation's immigration laws in a fair and effective manner. It identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States.

ERO prioritizes the apprehension, arrest and removal of convicted criminals, those who pose a threat to national security, fugitives and recent border entrants. Individuals seeking asylum also work with ERO.

ERO transports removable aliens from point to point, manages aliens in custody or in an alternative to detention program, provides access to legal resources and representatives of advocacy groups and removes individuals from the United States who have been ordered to be deported.

FY 2014 ICE Immigration Removals

In addition to its criminal investigative responsibilities, ICE shares responsibility for enforcing the nation's civil immigration laws with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). ICE's role in the immigration enforcement system is focused on two primary missions: (1) the identification and apprehension of criminal aliens and other removable individuals located in the United States; and (2) the detention and removal of those individuals apprehended in the interior of the U.S., as well as those apprehended by CBP officers and agents patrolling our nation's borders.

In executing these responsibilities, ICE has prioritized its limited resources on the identification and removal of criminal aliens and those apprehended at the border while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States. This report provides an overview of ICE Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 civil immigration enforcement and removal operations. See FY 2014 ICE Immigration Removals Statistics

Thomas Homan, Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations
Thomas Homan
Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

Thomas Homan is Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.

Mr. Homan oversees an operational budget of nearly $3 billion and a staff of nearly 8,000 ERO employees assigned to 24 Field Offices, 165 Sub-offices, 12 overseas locations, and ICE Headquarters. As Executive Associate Director of ERO, Mr. Homan has direct oversight of critical ICE programs and operations to identify, arrest, detain, and remove illegal aliens from the United States.

Mr. Homan is a 30 year veteran of law enforcement and has 27 years of immigration enforcement experience. With a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice, he began his career as a Police Officer in New York. In 1984, he became a United States Border Patrol Agent assigned within the San Diego Sector, before joining the former U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1988 as a Special Agent in Phoenix, Arizona. Mr. Homan climbed through the ranks at INS to become Supervisory Special Agent and Deputy Assistant Director for Investigations.

In 1999, Mr. Homan became the Assistant District Director for Investigations (ADDI) in San Antonio, Texas, and three years later transferred to the ADDI position in Dallas, Texas. Upon the creation of ICE, Mr. Homan was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge in Dallas, Texas, and later, Deputy Special Agent in Charge there.

In March 2009, Mr. Homan accepted the position of Assistant Director for Enforcement at ICE Headquarters and was subsequently promoted to Deputy Executive Associate Director. In May 2013, Mr. Homan was promoted to Executive Associate Director for ERO. Mr. Homan is a member of the Senior Executive Service.