Jenniffer González meets with ICE Agent in Charge for Puerto Rico
March 5, 2017
Resident Commissioner joins federal law enforcement agency effort to strengthen public safety
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González-Colón met on Sunday with Ricardo Mayoral, Agent in Charge of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s Homeland Security Investigations for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands to share information about the agency’s work in the Island and discuss what tools are needed to coordinate action against human trafficking, the drug trade and identity theft and cybercrime.
“Our island faces threats to its security as the nation’s southeast border with the daily entry of drug shipments from Latin America through our coasts, using Puerto Rico as their bridge into the United States East coast. In this fight, we have the federal law enforcement agencies behind us and these meetings are part of a continuing effort against criminality. Interacting directly with each of these agencies and their staff allows me to learn firsthand what is happening locally so we can raise it as part of the national discussion on border security. While all the talk is about a proposed wall on the Mexican border, the United States’ Caribbean borders are exposed to illegal entry and exit involving gang activity, drug smuggling, human trafficking, child exploitation, cybercrime and identity theft in many areas of vulnerability”, said the congresswoman who already had met previously with other enforcement components including the US Attorney’s office and US Attorney for Puerto Rico Rosa Emilia Rodríguez.
Mayoral took the opportunity to again alert parents about the proliferation of child exploitation cases and call upon them to have a greater level of attention to minors’ online interactions, social network presence and telephone use, as those are the main ways such cases get started. In fact, the agency has a division, the Puerto Rico Crimes Against Children Task Force, dedicated specifically to these cases.
Immigration and Customs laws are the major enforcement areas of ICE, as its name indicates, and its scope of jurisdiction extends to all areas of preventing the movement of goods and of persons for illegal purposes and the prevention of terrorist threats.