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

Mission

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 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.

EAD ERO
Matthew T. Albence
Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

Matthew T. Albence is the Executive Associate Director for Enforcement and Removal Operations, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C. As EAD, Mr. Albence leads ERO in its mission 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. He was appointed EAD in February 2017.

Mr. Albence leads an organization of more than 7,600 employees, which includes more than 5,700 Deportation Officers assigned to 24 ERO field offices, and overseas locations in 19 countries.

Prior to his current role, since January 2013, Mr. Albence served as the Assistant Director for the ERO Enforcement Division. He was responsible for all ERO enforcement programs and initiatives, to include the Criminal Alien Program, the National Fugitive Operations Program, Field Training, the 287(g) Program, the Law Enforcement Support Center, the Pacific Enforcement Response Center, the Fugitive Operations Support Center, and the National Criminal Analysis and Targeting Center.

Mr. Albence has over 23 years of federal law enforcement experience. In 1994, he began his career in San Antonio as a Special Agent with the former U.S. Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS). In 1999, he was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent, San Antonio. Mr. Albence’s supervisory experience includes positions as Supervisory Special Agent, San Antonio; Deputy Assistant Director for Investigations, Chicago; Associate Special Agent in Charge, Chicago; Deputy Special Agent in Charge, Detroit; Unit Chief for the ICE Office of Investigations Training Academy, Glynco; TSA Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the South Central Regional Field Office and Deputy Assistant Director for the ERO Criminal Alien Division.

Mr. Albence received a B.S. in Justice and a M.S. in Administration of Justice. He is a member of the Senior Executive Service.

 

To accomplish its mission, ERO is organized into the following divisions:

  • Field Operations: Oversees, directs, coordinates, and supports ERO’s 24 field offices (read more)
  • Enforcement: Manages enforcement initiatives and components through which ERO identifies and arrests removable aliens (read more)
  • Custody Management: Manages ICE detention operations to efficiently and effectively provide for the safety, security, and care of persons in ICE custody. (read more)
  • Removal: Enforces the removal of all aliens, who have a final order of removal, by coordinating with foreign governments worldwide. (read more)
  • ICE Health Service Corps: Provides medical, dental and mental health care to persons in ICE custody. (read more)
  • Operations Support: Provides financial, budgetary, asset management and human resources support to all of ERO. (read more)

ERO Field Offices

ERO has 24 field offices throughout the United States.