Veterans Day 2023


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement welcomes, values and seeks out America’s veterans to build an inclusive and representative workforce. The veterans of ICE carry out the agency’s mission with the same bravery and selflessness as they did while serving the United States in the armed forces.

Veterans represent some of the best people in our nation, and their unique experiences bring tremendously valuable skills to ICE. By helping veterans to transition to civilian careers, we aim to fulfill our obligation to give back to those who have given so much for us.

Veterans Day is a time to pay respects to those who served. Military veterans at ICE exhibit a lifelong commitment to securing our country against threats to the homeland. See how veterans continue their commitment to the United States and contribute to ICE’s workforce:


How Veterans Contribute to ICE

In the summer and fall of 2013, ICE HSI debuted an innovative training program. A new job for veterans, a new hope for exploited children. Since 2013, ICE has trained more than 150 veterans to combat child sexual exploitation. They are our HEROES.

Vets make up about one-third of ICE’s workforce, bringing useful skills, innovative ideas and fresh perspectives to our organization. Thousands of our veterans work in:


ICE Jobs for Veterans

ICE actively recruits veterans for all positions within the agency. You may be eligible for special programs available only to vets, including paid internships and special hiring authorities for disabled vets. You may also be entitled to use veterans’ preference points to give you an edge in hiring.

For more information on how you can help shape ICE’s future by sharing your skills, knowledge and expertise to our organization, visit our page on federal jobs for veterans. You can also keep up with ICE career-related information by subscribing to email updates.

Fast Facts About Veterans at ICE

Around one-third of ICE’s workforce comprises veterans, and of those:

  • 94% are between the ages of 25 and 59
  • 40% are deportation officers or deportation and detention officers
  • 30% are criminal investigators or intel research specialists
  • Approximately 15% of the military veterans at ICE are women and 85% are men