Over the past decade, ICE has improved border security by increasing our presence on the southwest border and strengthening our relationships with our law enforcement partners.We have prioritized immigration enforcement by targeting, first and foremost, criminal aliens and those who pose a threat to the nation.
In 1961, the painting was loaned to the Musée Malraux in Le Havre in Normandy, France, but was stolen from the museum in December 1973. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) during routine inspections of goods coming into the United States and given to ICE, which investigated its path through the international art world. Through this team work and by conducting multi-faceted law enforcement operations, ICE protects the United States and its interests.
The Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute provides HSI special agents with on-site training on how to handle, store, photograph and authenticate cultural property and works of art.
Since 2007, more than 6,600 artifacts have been returned to 24 countries.
Among the archeological pieces returned to the people of Mexico were five pre-Columbian statues, more than 4,000 pre-Columbian artifacts and 26 pieces of pre-Columbian pottery, which date back more than 1,500 years.7/12/2012ICE returned 14 stolen and looted cultural paintings and artifacts to the government of Peru at a repatriation ceremony at the Embassy of Peru in Washington, D. The items were recovered in five separate investigations by HSI special agents in New York; West Virginia; Wilmington, Delaware; and Austin and Houston, Texas. The professor and one other individual were indicted for conspiracy to transport, receive, possess, conceal and store stolen property though the charges were ultimately dismissed. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) protects the United States by promoting homeland security and public safety through the criminal and civil enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.
Returned to the Peruvian people were nine religious paintings, a monstrance and four archaeological items that date back more than 2,000 years.4/27/2011ICE repatriated 99 pre-Columbian artifacts seized as a result of operations by HSI Los Angeles and Portland, Ore., to Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, April 27, 2011. HSI special agents intercepted shipments of pre-Columbian artifacts destined for the United States addressed to a professor at a U. The professor agreed to surrender 99 Panamanian pre-Columbian artifacts, valued at approximately 0,000, which he illegally imported into the United States from Panama as part of the plea agreement.4/26/2012Seven stolen and looted objects of Italian cultural heritage were repatriated April 26, 2012, at a ceremony at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D. Two 2,000-year-old ceramic vessels, one Roman marble sculpture, one Renaissance painting and three music sheets from choir books dating back to the 13th century were recovered during four HSI investigations.9/22/2011ICE returned the Julian Falat paintings "The Hunt" and "Off to the Hunt" during a ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York, to the president of Poland, Sept. The oil on panel paintings were stolen from the Polish National Museum in Warsaw, Poland, by the Nazis during World War II. To accomplish this mission, ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), and Office of the Principal Legal Advisor uphold more than 400 laws.