Department of Homeland Security

  • 12.30.16

    2016 Immigration Enforcement Actions

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "engages in immigration enforcement actions to prevent unlawful entry into the United States and to apprehend and repatriate aliens who have violated or failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws." This report outlines the results of immigration policy put into place in 2...

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) "engages in immigration enforcement actions to prevent unlawful entry into the United States and to apprehend and repatriate aliens who have violated or failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws."

    This report outlines the results of immigration policy put into place in 2014."The 2014 priorities emphasize criminal convictions over criminal arrests, and focus on felonies and significant or multiple misdemeanors over minor infractions of the law. The priorities also focus on forward-looking efforts to further reduce unlawful migration by targeting recent border crossers and those who significantly abuse the visa system."

    It finds that the vast majority of actions taken by the DHS and ultimate deportations can be categorized as "Priority." These reasons include: national security and border security (priority 1A and 1B) through to   significant visa abuse (2D) and Removal Order after January 2014 (3). "Virtually all (99.7 percent) removals and returns were classified within one of the three enforcement priority categories. 94 percent were classified within a Priority 1 category."