The ICE Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) handles outreach to Congress, with a strong focus on promoting greater understanding of ICE operations, policies, programs and initiatives among members of Congress, Congressional committees and their staffs.
All Congressional liaison efforts spearheaded by OCR are conducted in close partnership with the ICE director's office, executive staff, division directors, field office leadership and the Department of Homeland Security.
OCR is headquartered in Washington, D.C.
OCR represents ICE to Congress through a broad variety of federal congressional liaison activities. It helps ICE leadership respond and provide information to congressional decision makers about the agency's mission and operations.
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Albert L. Sanders, Jr. is the acting assistant director of the Office of Congressional Relations (OCR) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Washington, D.C.
Mr. Sanders leads an office that provides information to members of Congress and their staff about ICE operations, national and local programs, policies, and initiatives. In this capacity, the office is also responsible for promoting ICE’s legislative agenda.
Mr. Sanders previously served as counselor to the general counsel at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), where he managed investigations and congressional oversight of the agency’s 16 components, offices, and directorates, as well as its almost 250,000 employees.
Prior to his appointment to DHS, Mr. Sanders was counsel to Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights & Human Rights. He provided counsel on issues including cybersecurity and internet privacy, domestic legislation and international treaties to address human trafficking, targeted killing using drones, gun violence and “Stand Your Ground” laws, and the emergence of state laws that threaten the right to vote for underrepresented populations. For his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2014, Mr. Sanders was named to The Root 100, a list of the most influential African Americans in the political, cultural, and economic arenas.
In addition to his work on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mr. Sanders developed and implemented the legislative strategy that led to the enactment of the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act of 2011, the most expansive reform of the FDA in more than 70 years. After the auto bailout, he negotiated compromise legislation that was signed into law with the support of GM, Chrysler, and the dealership franchises they terminated during bankruptcy.
Internationally, Mr. Sanders has represented the United States on official delegations exploring a range of security, economic, and human rights issues in several countries, including China, Taiwan, Qatar, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.
Prior to his work on Capitol Hill, Mr. Sanders was an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. Mr. Sanders successfully represented Fortune 100 companies in complex, multi-million dollar class actions.
Mr. Sanders received his BA in political science from Morehouse College. He completed a certificate of study at the Wharton School and earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was President of his J.D. Class. A member of the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar, Mr. Sanders is originally from Compton, California.