Misinformation concerning ICE operations generates unnecessary fear in local community
SEATTLE, Wash. - Misinformation and rumors concerning U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) presence on local public transit continues to be promoted without merit by those with political agendas. Allegations that ICE is boarding commuter trains, buses, or any other public transit for the purpose of checking riders’ immigration status is completely false.
There are agencies such as the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team, who board public transit in order to prevent and deter criminal and terroristic acts against the U.S. transportation system. These uniformed VIPR teams are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and have been mistaken for ICE officers in the past.
ICE encourages public leaders, advocacy groups and the community to share this accurate information to ensure the safety of both those utilizing public transportation and those charged with ensuring their safety while aboard.
For more information on ICE’s mission, visit https://www.ice.gov/
For information concerning TSA’s mission, visit https://www.tsa.gov/