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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.

  • 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.

  • July 17, 2019 Letter from Acting Secretary McAleenan to Speaker Pelosi

    July 17, 2019 Letter from Acting Secretary McAleenan to Speaker Pelosi regarding the conditions and care of families and children in custody along the Southwest Border.

  • DHS Statement on Safety and Enforcement During Tropical Storm Barry

    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.

  • No Mas Muertas/No More Deaths

    Records pertaining to the June 15, 2017 event where Border Patrol Agents served a warrant and arrested four people at the No More Deaths facility in Arivaca, Arizona. These records are released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in response to a FOIA request.