AST Digital Magazine July/August 2016 - Page 62

Volume 6 DHS on Southwest Border Security & Immigration Enforcement Priorities Border Patrol agent places a Mexican National under arrest for transporting drugs into the U.S. In connection with the latest monthly release of numbers of apprehensions on the southwest border, Secretary Johnson made the following statement: July-Aug 2016 Edition Those priorities, revised as part of the President’s executive actions in November 2014, more sharply focus our limited enforcement resources on public safety and border security. And, those priorities are reflected in actual results. Today, over 99% of those in immigration detention fit within one of these enforcement priorities; and around 85% are within the top priority for removal. In 2009 just 35% of those deported by ICE were convicted criminals; today that percentage is 60%. We also continue to crack down on the transnational criminal organizations involved in the smuggling and exploitation of migrants. Last week, 41 individuals linked to transnational criminal organizations responsible for smuggling hundreds of migrants through South and Central America into the United States were arrested, with our support, by foreign partners in two separate multinational operations. “In June 2016, apprehensions by the Border Patrol on our southwest border – an indicator of total attempts to cross the border illegally – decreased from the levels we saw in May and April. Year to date, apprehensions are somewhat higher than in FY 2015, but significantly lower than FY 2014 and FY 2013: Apprehensions by the Border Patrol Jeh C. Johnson, DHS Secretary We must enforce our immigration laws, and we are doing so consistent with our enforcement priorities. These arrests were part of the ongoing “Operation Citadel” – a multi-country effort, supported by DHS Joint Task Force-Investigations. Likewise, DHS recently launched “Operation All In,” coordinated by our Joint Task Force-West, which targets individuals involved in smuggling along our southwest bor62