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DHS Plans to Transfer Federal Air Marshal Service and the Explosives Unit from TSA to BICE

Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03090240 (posted Sep. 2, 2003)"

U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Department of Homeland Security

ICE News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Dean Boyd/Garrison Courtney
Phone: 202-514-2648

September 2, 2003   

Statement By Michael J. Garcia, ICE Acting Assistant Secretary, On Transfer of Federal Air Marshall Service To ICE

Washington, DC – Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge announced plans to better mobilize the people and resources of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  Included in those plans is the transfer of the Federal Air Marshal Service (FAMS) and the Explosives Unit from the Transportation Security Administration to the Bureau of Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE). The following is a statement by Michael J. Garcia, Acting Assistant Secretary for ICE:

“Secretary Ridge has improved homeland security capabilities by fusing the Department’s investigative resources within the Border and Transportation Security Directorate. This continues his efforts to refine the Department’s organization for maximum efficiency,” said Garcia. “ICE offers the Air Marshal Service multiple investigative resources, such as additional access to intelligence, better coordination with other law enforcement agencies, and broader training opportunities. This fusion will not only establish an integrated law enforcement presence in the aviation sector; it will enhance ICE’s overall law enforcement capabilities and resources to enforce its mission, which is to detect and prevent vulnerabilities or violations that threaten the nation's security.

“I have worked closely with Admiral Loy and Undersecretary Hutchinson, and will continue to work closely with them, to make this a smooth transition that not only enhances national security but which provides new opportunities for all of the men and women of ICE, including the Federal Air Marshals.“


ICE, the primary investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, was established to bring a unified focus to the enforcement of U.S. immigration and customs laws, with the principal goal of preventing violations by terrorists and other criminals who threaten the nation's security.

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