Enforcement Program Stifled 2001-02 Illegal Central American Flow

A new Center video interview with Hipolito Acosta, a retired senior U.S. immigration official, describes a successful program in which nearly 80,000 U.S.-bound migrants from Central America were intercepted in Mexico over 12-months in 2001-02. U.S. immigration agents worked with Mexican and Central American governments to repatriate the migrants and arrest smugglers. As a result, U.S. Border Patrol apprehensions of illegal crossers from Central America were reduced by 76 percent over the period. The program cost $1.6 million – but saved the U.S. government hundreds of millions of dollars in enforcement spending by preventing the illegal crossings from occurring. The Department of Homeland Security should adopt a similar program aimed at prevention and deterrence to address the current surge of illegal families and children.

Records Reveal Few Central Americans Deported

Government records confirm that very few of the tens of thousands of Central Americans apprehended by the Border Patrol or ICE in recent years have been sent home. These records show that the aspirations of tens of thousands of Central Americans now surging across the border in south Texas have been based on a realistic assessment of their chances to remain in the United States, not on false rumors, as Obama administration officials have asserted. The numbers also show that the number of juveniles deported has declined significantly since 2008.

ICE Criminal Alien Releases Continue; Still No Details from DHS

Last week, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson told the Senate Judiciary committee that, weeks after the revelation that ICE freed 36,000 convicted criminal aliens last year, he is still trying to understand what happened, and declined to provide the senators with further details on who, when, where, and why the criminal aliens were freed.

Meanwhile, the criminal alien releases continue. ICE records reveal that the total number of non-detained convicted criminal aliens has grown by nearly 17,000 since the end of last fiscal year.

Topics: Criminal Aliens

Internal Memo Reveals High-Level Dissent on Border Surge Policies

A draft memo from a top Border Patrol official expresses alarm that the administration's handling of the border surge in south Texas is inviting more illegal crossings and overwhelming the DHS agencies. The memo calls for the administration to stop releasing illegal crossers into the United States and instead impose harsher "consequences" on illegal crossers.

ICE Policy Change on Detainers Fuels Lawsuits to Obstruct Enforcement

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that local law enforcement agencies must not comply with ICE detainers, a key tool used by ICE to take custody of criminal aliens for investigation and possible removal. As a result, nine sheriffs in Oregon announced that they would cease honoring detainers and begin releasing any arrested aliens who complete their sentence or bond out of jail before ICE has a chance to charge them.

Errors Mar Bipartisan Policy Center Report on Enforcement

A new paper by the pro-amnesty Bipartisan Policy Center, which defends Obama administration claims of "record" deportations, is tainted by errors and mistaken assumptions.

I was most interested in the first section, "Removals (Deportations)", which includes this initial statement:

The common claim that the Obama administration deports unauthorized immigrants in record numbers is true.