Created in the wake of 9/11 terror attacks, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a federal agency tasked with finding and removing immigrants inside the border who are in violation of immigration laws. In 15 years, the agency has ballooned into a giant and controversial law enforcement body.
This episode explores how the agency has grown as lawmakers have failed to agree on sensible immigration and border policy. And we hear directly from immigrants whose lives have been upended by its enforcement activities.
Eric Jurek is a 38-year-old Slovakian immigrant who has been detained in Bergen County jail for about a year for overstaying his visa.
Dr. Aviva Chomsky, a Professor of History and coordinator of Latin American Studies at Salem State University and author of Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal
Enrique Balcazar, an advocate for Migrant Justice
Will Lambek, Communications Director for Migrant Justice
Michael Cutler, a retired Senior Special Agent of the former INS
Dara Lind, Vox Senior reporter
Cameron Easley, Editor for Washington at Morning Consult