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What is ICE and How Does the Agency Handle Immigration Issues?

Last week, Houston police helped rescue 115 undocumented immigrants stuffed inside a small stash house. 17 children were among them. Five men suspected of running the human trafficking operation were detained at the scene in southeast Houston. Houston police say the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – or ICE – is taking over the […]

Last week, Houston police helped rescue 115 undocumented immigrants stuffed inside a small stash house. 17 children were among them. Five men suspected of running the human trafficking operation were detained at the scene in southeast Houston. Houston police say the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency – or ICE – is taking over the investigation.

This comes amid other news involving ICE – some detainees at a privately-run detention center in Conroe have been on a hunger strike for more than a week, protesting treatment there.

On the heels of these developments, we wanted to learn more about ICE. We're joined now by Richard Halverson, he's an Assistant Special Agent with the Houston office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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