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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.

  • 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 noncitizens who have violated or failed to comply with U.S. immigration laws. Primary responsibility for the enforcement of immigration law within DHS rests with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). CBP enforces immigration laws at and between the ports of entry, ICE is responsible for interior enforcement and for detention and removal operations, and USCIS adjudicates applications and petitions for immigration and naturalization benefits.

  • Attorney General William P. Barr’s letter to Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on DACA

    Attorney General William P. Barr’s letter to Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf on DACA, received on June 30, 2020.

  • Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service

    These documents announce the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary) to continue to temporarily limit the travel of individuals from Canada and Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canada and United States-Mexico border. Such travel will be limited to “essential travel,” as further defined in these documents.

  • Green Light Law

    In response to New York State implementing the Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act (Green Light Law), Acting Secretary Chad F. Wolf announced New York residents will no longer be eligible to apply for or renew their enrollment in certain Trusted Traveler Programs (TTP) like Global Entry. The law prohibits the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) from sharing information with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), preventing DHS from fully vetting New York residents.

  • Yearbook 2018

    The 2018 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics is a compendium of tables that provide data on foreign nationals who are granted lawful permanent residence (i.e., immigrants who receive a “green card”), admitted as temporary nonimmigrants, granted asylum or refugee status, or are naturalized. The Yearbook also presents data on immigration enforcement actions, including apprehensions and arrests, removals, and returns.

  • DHS/CBP/PIA-060 e-Allegations Portal

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is responsible for securing the United States and its borders while facilitating lawful travel and trade. The CBP Office of Trade (OT) facilitates lawful international trade activities, enforces violations of various trade laws and regulations, and investigates allegations of trade violations made by the members of the public. CBP created a public-facing website called “e-Allegations” for members of the public and the trade community to report potential violation of criminal and trade laws and regulations.

  • DHS Biometrics Expansion

    Memo signed by Secretary John Kelly on May 24, 2017, directing the Department to enhance biometric collection practices to improve identity resolution and encounter management.

  • Fact Sheet: DHS Agreements with Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador

    In recognizing the push and pull factors which cause irregular migration to the U.S., DHS has entered into agreements and arrangements with the countries of the northern region of Central America, El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala, to further expand asylum capabilities and improve safety, security, and prosperity throughout the region.

  • Zero Tolerance Policy and EO Executive Order 13841

    Records released to the Democracy Forward Foundation during litigation. The records relate to the Zero Tolerance policy and Executive Order 13841, Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.

  • Letter of Intent in Furtherance of Cooperation with El Salvador

    On Wednesday, Aug. 28, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin K. McAleenan signed a Letter of Intent with the Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Security Rogelio Rivas to intensify bilateral cooperation in four areas to address irregular migration from Central America and combat transnational criminal organizations.