ABSTRACT

Decision Eliminating Spanish and Other Language Training for ICE Investigators Was a Mistake   [open pdf - 126KB]

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for preventing 'acts of terrorism by targeting people, money, and materials that support terrorists and criminal activities.' In performing this critical mission, ICE agents frequently encounter individuals who do not speak English. Despite this fact, ICE chose to eliminate formal language training requirements for new ICE agents in 2003. If ICE is to successfully accomplish its anti-terrorism mission, then its agents must have access to language training. This report reviews the homeland security responsibilities of ICE agents and the security concerns resulting from a lack of language training. This lack of language training is especially problematic as the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), from which ICE originated, offered such training. Currently, ICEs sister agency, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), offers the training to its employees."

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Date:
2005-06-28
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Public Domain
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U.S. Select Committee on Homeland Security, Democratic Office: http://www.hsc.house.gov
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