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Enforcement and Removal Operations


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


To protect the homeland through the arrest and removal of aliens who undermine the safety of our communities and the integrity of our immigration laws.

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.

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.

Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/13/2020