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.Today, different ethnic groups including native descendants, mixed cultural ethnicities and African-American groups have all contributed to Guatemalan customs and traditions.Food is an important part of Guatemalan customs and culture.We are galvanized toward our mission – to promote homeland security and public safety through the enforcement of federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration.While this past decade has been one of enormous challenges, we've enjoyed tremendous growth and outstanding achievements in all areas of our broad and diverse portfolio.Throughout 2013, ICE looked back at its achievements and history through a series of stories, images and milestones. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established as DHS' largest investigative agency and one of three DHS agencies charged with administering the nation's immigration system. Over the years, ICE has achieved truly impressive results in protecting our nation's borders and enhancing public safety.Each month focused on the events and accomplishments in one year starting with 2003. ICE was created based on the recognition that global threats have become more dangerous, and a new approach was needed to ensure the security of the U. Today, ICE is more than 20,000 strong with a presence in all 50 states and 48 foreign countries.
Staple foods throughout the country include corn tortillas and tamales, black beans, rice, wheat bread and pasta.Much like in Spain, Guatemalan people celebrate Christmas, Advent, Three Kings and Easter as the most important holidays of the year.Additionally, each village and town honors their respective patron saints and other local events annually.Guatemalan customs and culture have been largely shaped by the influence of the Maya indigenous population and the later arrival of European populations.Guatemala, meaning the “land of the forests” was ruled by indigenous people at the time of the Spanish Conquest in 1523.