Dept. of Homeland Security

Department of Homeland Security (USCIS, CBP, and ICE)

The agency engaged most heavily in immigration matters, and thus the most important agency to immigration law, is the Department of Homeland Security, which was created in 2003 and incorporated all of the former Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS).

DHS’ web site has a page for “Immigration” that links to the web sites of its three “bureaus” that handle immigration matters:

  • U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), which adjudicates applications and petitions for most immigration benefits. USCIS maintains by far the most informative immigration-related government site on the Internet, even relating to matters enforced by CBP and ICE, and it is worthy of extensive exploration. It has a tremendous search engine.
  • Customs and Border Protection (CBP), which inspects people at ports of entry and checks people near the border.
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which monitors compliance, investigates potential violations, arrests, detains, and removes deportable aliens.

How We Can Help

Baker Donelson’s Immigration Group is familiar with the DHS and has many years experience dealing with this large and complex agency. We understand the transition from one agency into three bureaus under the umbrella of the Department of Homeland Security and can help clients to navigate between agencies. We help clients request the right benefits from USCIS in the most efficient way, and we defend clients against the DHS enforcement efforts. We work with clients and the bureaus within DHS to resolve such problems as lost cases, unacceptable delays, and erroneous adjudications.

Consult with us for assistance with a case.


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