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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.

  • Law Enforcement Resources

    This guide highlights many of DHS's resources available, including training and grant opportunities, to increase our nation’s ability to prevent acts of violence and increase our resilience to evolving threats.

  • DHS Volunteer Force Documentation

    The DHS Volunteer Force Authorization Statement is the supervisor authorization form for federal employees who want to register for the DHS Volunteer Force.  In addition, participation in the DHS Volunteer Force may require contact with CBP or ICE Detainees in the performance of your duties. As such, in accordance with 6 CFR Part 115.117 (a), you are required to answer the questions in the DHS Prison Rape Elimination Action (PREA) Form.

  • National Interest Exception from Presidential Proclamation 10294

    On October 25, 2021, President Biden issued Presidential Proclamation 10294, entitled "Advancing the Safe Resumption of Global Travel During the COVID-19 Pandemic," which suspends and limits the entry into the United States of non-citizens by air travel who are nonimmigrants ("noncitizen nonimmigrants") and who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Presidential Proclamation 10294 contains specified exceptions, including a specific exception for noncitizen nonimmigrants "whose entry would be in the national interest," and entrusts the Secretary of Homeland Security (along with the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Transportation) to make this determination.

  • Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) Report on December Cohort

    As part of our commitment to transparency in the court-ordered reimplementation of MPP, DHS reported initial data on individuals enrolled in the program between December 6-31, 2021.

  • Entry/Exit Overstay Report

    DHS has generated this report to provide data on departures and overstays, by country, for foreign visitors to the United States who were expected to depart each Fiscal Year.

  • 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.

  • Enforcement Lifecycle Reports

    Congress has directed the DHS Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to report on the end-to-end enforcement lifecycle. OIS’ Enforcement Lifecycle methodology matches unique border encounters to their associated enforcement outcomes.

    The FY 2021 report describes the final or most current enforcement outcomes, as of December 31, 2021, associated with the 5.7 million Southwest Border encounters occurring between 2013 and 2021. Encounters are analyzed by nationality, family status, and detention histories. The majority (56 percent) of pre-pandemic encounters had resulted in repatriation by December 31, 2022, while 68 percent of pandemic era encounters has resulted either in repatriations under Title 8 authority or in immediate expulsion under Title 42 public health authority. The report further examines enforcement trends over time by comparing enforcement outcomes at fixed time intervals following encounters occurring from 2013 to 2018.

  • DHS Fiscal Year 2021 Performance & Accountability Reports

    The Department of Homeland Security's Performance and Accountability Reports provide information that enables the President, Congress and the public to assess the effectiveness of the Department's mission performance and stewardship of resources.

  • 2004 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

    2004 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

  • 2005 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics

    2005 Yearbook of Immigration Statistics