On July 16th, a joint Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security will publish in the Federal Register.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are concerned about the potential impact of Tropical Storm Barry to portions of the Gulf Coast, where Louisiana and Texas are under states of emergency. Our highest priority remains the preservation of life and safety. In consideration of these circumstances, there will be no immigration enforcement initiatives associated with evacuations or sheltering related to the storm, except in the event of a serious public safety threat.
On July 11, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan is to El Paso, Texas to meet with Border Mayors from the U.S. Conference of Mayors, meet with DHS surge volunteers currently working at the border, host a town hall with DHS personnel, and participate in operational briefings and tours of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facilities in the area.
In support of a strong, secure and efficient border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the implementation of Phase III of the Entry/Exit information system, a commitment of the Beyond the Border Action Plan.
Acting Secretary Kevin K. McAleenan issued the following statement on July 9: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for June indicates a 28 percent drop in enforcement actions along the Southwest Border since May, from 144,278 to 104,344. This year’s decline in apprehensions from May to June outpaces last year’s decline by 11 percent. The reduction in apprehensions accounts for decreases across all demographics, including unaccompanied minors, family units and single adults, as well as decreases in migrants from all Northern Triangle countries, particularly those coming from Guatemala. Decreasing apprehension numbers will provide greater opportunities for the DHS to address capacity challenges for those in custody and speed the movement of unaccompanied children into Health and Human Services (HHS) care.