The ICE – Albuquerque building is a built-to-suit facility completed in 2011, and is leased to the General Services Administration on behalf of Immigration and Customs Enforcement until January of 2027. ICE, the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is tasked with enforcing the U.S. border control, customs, trade and immigration laws. The property, in operation 24/7, houses both the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) directorates. The property was built to the specific needs of ICE and includes crash-barrier-grade perimeter fencing, a guardhouse, holding cells, a fenced sally port and a forensics lab.
ICE has more than 20,000 employees in the U.S. and the Department of Homeland Security is the second largest contributor to the nation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. HSI is a critical investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and a vital U.S. asset in combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America’s travel, trade, financial and immigration systems. ERO identifies and apprehends removable aliens, detains these individuals when necessary and removes illegal aliens from the United States.