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Border Security

Protecting our borders from the illegal movement of weapons, drugs, contraband, and people, while promoting lawful trade and travel, is essential to homeland security, economic prosperity, and national sovereignty.

  • Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas Memo

    This memorandum provides guidance for ICE and CBP enforcement actions in or near areas that require special protection. It is effective immediately.

  • Family Reunification Task Force Progress Reports

    Executive Order 14011 (E.O. 14011) directs the Family Reunification Task Force to provide an initial progress report to the President of the United States no later than 120 days after establishment, with interim progress reports every 60 days thereafter.

  • CBP We Build the Wall Records

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Records Related to the Group We Build the Wall.

  • CBP Immigration Records

    Records released by CBP related to immigration.

  • Border Security Metrics Report

    The Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act directs the Department of Homeland Security “to develop metrics … to measure the effectiveness of security between ports of entry, at ports of entry, in the maritime environment and to measure the effectiveness of the aviation assets and operations of Air and Marine Operations of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.” This report meets this direction by providing the most comprehensive, rigorous set of border security metrics ever produced by the Department, along with a thorough discussion of the strengths and limitations of the Department’s available methodological approaches.

  • CIS Ombudsman’s Webinar Series: How the Department of Homeland Security is Combatting Human Trafficking and Forced Labor in Imported Goods

    On January 13, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman (CIS Ombudsman) hosted a public webinar during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to discuss how DHS combats human trafficking and forced labor in imported goods. Subject matter experts from DHS headquarters and various components joined the engagement.

  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals

    This page includes records related to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

  • Enforcement Lifecycle Reports

    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.

    The FY 2020 report describes the final or most current outcomes, as of March 31, 2020, associated with the 3.5 million Southwest Border encounters occurring between 2014 and 2019. Overall, 59 percent of Southwest Border encounters had been resolved through a final outcome of repatriation or relief/protection from removal as of the end of 2020 Q2. Repatriations accounted for 51 percent of encounters (or 1.8 million) versus 49 percent (or 1.7 million) of encounters that had no confirmed departure, including 8.1 percent that had been granted relief or other protection from removal (284,000 encounters). The report analyzes outcomes for different groups of encounters, including breakdowns by nationality, family status, and whether or not the alien made a fear claim.

  • Batalla Vidal, et al. v. Wolf, et al. and State of New York, et al. v. Trump, et al.

    On November 14, 2020, a United States District Court issued an order requiring the Department of Homeland Security to reinstate the DACA policy that was in effect on September 4, 2017. On December 4, 2020, the District Court directed DHS to take several steps in compliance with its order.

  • Supplemental Policy Guidance for Implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols

    Supplemental Policy Guidance for implementation of the Migrant Protection Protocols, issued by the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans, on December 7, 2020.