WASHINGTON – Drug-tunnel digging tools,fake Super Bowl tickets and counterfeit Rosetta Stone language training programs. These items all have one thing in common – people were attempting to smuggle them into the U.S. but were blocked by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
These artifacts and others are now on display at the National Crime and Punishment Museum as part of its “Securing the Homeland – ICE” temporary exhibit,meant to educate the public about the work of this agency.
“I think this exhibit not only reviews what homeland security does,but it also reviews a huge consumer market of products that are counterfeited,” Janine Vaccarello,chief operating officer at the Crime Museum,said.
The exhibit includes installations about the 9/11 terrorist attacks,the history of ICE,counterfeit products and drug smuggling.
“I hope that folks truly understand that our national security and public service mission is focused on border security,” ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale said. “It’s our 11-year anniversary,and I think that to have a sensible discussion about these issues,folks need to understand what do and don’t do.”
ICE is the principal investigative unit of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for investigations into illegal immigration,smuggling of drugs,firearms,counterfeit products and human trafficking.
The exhibit will be open to the public through December.
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