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Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

DHS report details alien border encounters

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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials have released the Fiscal Year 2020 Enforcement Lifecycle Report, an analysis of enforcement outcomes for aliens encountered at the Southwest Border.

The report covers Fiscal Years 2014 through 2019. The Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS) Enforcement Lifecycle methodology links records across 19 different DHS and Department of Justice (DOJ) source systems to match each unique border encounter to its associated final or most current enforcement outcome.

“The Trump Administration has worked tirelessly to fix our broken immigration system,” Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said. “With this comprehensive report, the Department analyzes the patterns of flow, the demographic backgrounds, and other factors so we can see areas for improvement, where to close loopholes and more effectively enforce the laws that allow for the removal of illegal aliens and those who are trying to game our immigration system.”

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 2.8 million aliens between entry ports along the Southwest Border between Fiscal Year 2014 and 2019. They found an additional 725,000 aliens inadmissible at ports of entry, per the report.

Additionally, officials indicated the report determined as of the second quarter of FY 2020, approximately 8 percent of those encounters had resulted in an alien being granted relief or protection from removal, and roughly half of aliens encountered between 2014 and 2019 remained in the United States as of the second quarter of FY 2020.

The report indicated encounters of single adults were resolved 85 percent of the time, encounters of family units were resolved 11 percent of the time, and encounters of unaccompanied children from non-contiguous countries were resolved 32 percent of the time.