The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) prepares special reports in response to Presidential, Secretarial, and Congressional directives.
2014 Southwest Border Encounters: Three-year Cohort Outcomes Analysis
Congress has directed the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to report on the end-to-end enforcement lifecycle. This Office of Immigration Statistics report utilizes a new methodology to link person-level records across 19 DHS and Department of Justice data systems and to connect initial enforcement actions (apprehensions, inadmissibility determinations) to final or most-current enforcement outcomes (repatriations, relief from removal, and cases with pending proceedings or unexecuted removal orders). Three-plus years after their initial enforcement actions, the report finds that DHS has repatriated the vast majority of Mexican nationals and of persons with previous criminal convictions, but that most non-Mexican family units, unaccompanied children, and asylum-seekers remain in proceedings or have unexecuted removal orders.
Legal Immigration and Adjustment of Status Report
On March 6, 2017, the President issued a Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security on Implementing Immediate Heightened Screening and Vetting of Applications for Visas and Other Immigration Benefits, Ensuring Enforcement of All Laws for Entry into the United States, and Increasing Transparency among Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government and for the American People. The Memorandum directs the Department of Homeland Security to issue quarterly reports detailing the number of adjustments of immigration status that occurred during the reporting period, disaggregated by type of adjustment, type and detailed class of admission, and country of nationality.
Alien Incarceration Report
On January 25, 2017, the President issued an Executive Order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. Section 16 of the Order directs the Secretary [of Homeland Security] and the Attorney General . . . to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports regarding: (a) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated under the supervision of the Bureau of Prisons; (b) the immigration status of all aliens incarcerated as federal pretrial detainees; and (c) the immigration status of all convicted aliens in state prisons and local detention centers throughout the United States.
DHS Immigration Enforcement Priorities
In 2014, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced a number of measures to strengthen and unify the Department’s immigration enforcement priorities by concentrating resources on the arrest, detention, and removal of individuals identified as posing a threat to national security, public safety, or border security. The 2014 priorities emphasized criminal convictions over criminal arrests, and focused on felonies and significant or multiple misdemeanors over minor infractions of the law. The priorities also focused on forward-looking efforts to further reduce unlawful migration by targeting recent border crossers and those who significantly abuse the visa system.