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ICE exploring becoming an intelligence agency

An ICE officer.
Photo: Marlon Correa / The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Daily Beast reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials "are actively exploring joining the U.S. Intelligence Community," and have been since the Obama administration.

Why it matters: Such a move would spark resistance from civil liberties and immigrant advocate groups because it would involve access to surveillance tools among other things. But one official told the Daily Beast that joining the Intelligence Community (IC) could "be useful for the agency's immigration enforcement work — in particular, their efforts to find and arrest undocumented immigrants with criminal arrest warrants."