The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) prepares special reports in response to Presidential, Secretarial, and congressional directives.
Enforcement Lifecycle Report
Congress has directed the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to report on the end-to-end enforcement lifecycle. OIS’s Enforcement Lifecycle methodology matches unique border encounters to their associated enforcement outcomes.
Family Unit Actions Report
The Department posts a monthly report (starting in 2019) documenting when and where all family separations occurred. This report includes information on the ages of all minors being separated from their family units, the nature of administrative or criminal charges filed against adult family members, as well as how often family units apprehended together are detained in ICE custody or referred to the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. Reports approved by the Trump Administration (through August 2020) will be posted in format in which they were approved.
Reports from January 2021 will comply with new requirements included in the FY 2021 DHS Appropriations Act.
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.