June 22, 2019

How ICE investigates border-related crimes in Arizona

A discussion with the head of the agency's investigative arm, Homeland Security Investigations.

This week, Arizona 360 got a deeper understanding of how Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigates border-related crimes. Lorraine Rivera traveled to ICE's headquarters in Phoenix and sat down with Scott Brown who serves as special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations arm in Arizona.

"Our focus really as a border state is on drugs and people unlawfully coming into the state. And money and guns unlawfully moving out of the country," Brown said.

Arizona 360's interview took place hours before President Trump tweeted that ICE would begin deporting "millions of undocumented immigrants" the following week.

A statement from the agency released to Arizona 360 afterward reads: “The border crisis doesn’t start and stop at the border, which is why ICE will continue to conduct interior enforcement without exemption for those who are in violation of federal immigration law. This includes routine targeted enforcement operations, criminals, individuals subject to removal orders, and worksite enforcement. This is about addressing the border crisis by upholding the rule of law and maintaining the integrity of the immigration system, as created by Congress.”

Arizona 360
Arizona 360 airs Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on PBS 6 and Saturdays at 8 p.m. on PBS 6 PLUS. See more from Arizona 360.
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