BICE Interim Management Directors Named
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC - Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, Asa Hutchinson, and Assistant Secretary (designee), Michael Garcia, today announced the appointment of Interim Regional Directors and Interim District Directors for Interior Enforcement in the new Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (BICE). Customs enforcement will continue under its existing field structure and leadership. The appointments will become effective when BICE becomes operational on March 1.
The interim directors will work out of the current locations of the 33 INS District Offices and the three INS regional offices.
"This is an important step to bring better focus to the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws," said Under Secretary Hutchinson. "These men and women will form the nucleus of talent to bring about the first steps towards the reforms to our immigration enforcement processes envisioned by Congress and the President, when they proposed and created the Department of Homeland Security."
"On March 1, we are putting a structure in place to both improve the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws and to focus the investigative resources of the Department of Homeland Security," said Commissioner Garcia. "These 36 men and women will help make these reforms a reality."
The BICE is one of three components of the Border and Transportation Security Directorate under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The new Bureau will be responsible for enforcement of customs and immigration laws. In addition, the Bureau will also be responsible for protecting federal buildings against terrorist and other threats.
The Bureau's 14,000 employees will be comprised primarily of Customs Service and Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) Special Agents, INS Detention and Deportation Officers, INS' Immigration Litigation Section, and Federal Protective Service (FPS) employees. Customs air and marine interdiction functions, as well as the Intelligence components of Customs and INS, and FPS will also be part of BICE.
President Bush has nominated Acting INS Commissioner Michael Garcia to be the first Assistant Secretary of BICE. Commissioner Garcia will report to Asa Hutchinson, the Under Secretary for Border and Transportation Security.
Interim BICE Regional Directors
Eastern Region, Paula Corrigan
Interim BICE Directors
Eastern Region Locations:
Atlanta, William Fred Alexander
Central Region Locations:
Chicago, Cynthia O'Connell
Western Region Locations:
Anchorage, Robert Eddy