Homeland Security Today – preparedness and security news – ICE Heralds New Era of Cooperation with ATF, DEA

Recently revised interagency agreements between US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Justice Department agencies should provide a comprehensive means of eliminating all stovepipes that block information-sharing between US border crime investigators, intelligence officials at ICE the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agreed Thursday.

ICE recently signed revised agreements with DEA and ATF individually, granting the agency the authority to pursue drug and gun crimes respectively when investigating cases of illegal immigration. ICE also became a full participant in the information-sharing programs at those agencies-most notably the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Fusion Center at DEA.