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The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on May 11, 2017.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act of 2017
This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to: (1) establish, by statute, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS); (2) establish within ICE the Offices of Homeland Security Investigations, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Principal Legal Advisor, Management and Administration, and Professional Responsibility; and (3) remove references to the Bureau of Border Security.
DHS shall: (1) authorize all deportation officers who have successfully completed basic immigration law enforcement training to exercise specified powers to arrest or to execute warrants for administrative and criminal arrests, and to carry firearms; (2) increase the number of ICE detention enforcement officers, deportation officers, and prosecutors; and (3) establish a pilot program for in-field electronic processing of documents, placing detainers, and collecting biometric identification data.
The bill establishes: (1) a Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office, and (2) an ICE Advisory Council.