Calif. shooting latest woe for immigration agency

ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The deadly office shooting in California involving a federal immigrations supervisor and a special agent is the latest mark against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency created after the 2001 terror attacks.

ICE officers and agents have been arrested for crimes, accused of improper relationships with informants, convicted in embezzlement cases, and more.

Insiders say the agency, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, struggles to overcome internal friction and competing cultures among employees who worked at the different federal agencies that were combined nine years ago to form ICE.

ICE enforces more federal laws than any other law enforcement agency. A former agency leader says the scope of the agency's work and its focus on immigration enforcement may keep it in the spotlight.