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Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report

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Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report

Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report

Fiscal Year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report

"This report summarizes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) activities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. ERO identifies, arrests, and removes aliens who present a danger to national security or a threat to public safety, or who otherwise undermine border control and the integrity of the U.S. immigration system. ICE shares responsibility for administering and enforcing the nation’s immigration laws with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

During FY2018, ICE ERO continued its focus on priorities laid out by two primary directives issued in 2017. On January 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump issued Executive Order 13768, Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States (EO), which set forth the Administration’s immigration enforcement and removal priorities. Subsequently, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) February 20, 2017 implementation memorandum, Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest provided further direction for the implementation of the policies set forth in the EO. Together, the EO and implementation memorandum expanded ICE’s enforcement focus to include removable aliens who (1) have been convicted of any criminal offense; (2) have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved; (3) have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense; (4) have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter before a governmental agency; (5) have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits; (6) are subject to a final order of removal but have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or (7) in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security. The Department continued to operate under the directive that classes or categories of removable aliens are not exempt from potential enforcement.

ICE ERO continued efforts under the direction of the 2017 EO and implementation memorandum by placing a significant emphasis on interior enforcement by protecting national security and public safety and upholding the rule of law. This report represents an analysis of ICE ERO’s FY2018 year-end statistics and illustrates how ICE ERO successfully fulfilled its mission while furthering the aforementioned policies."

Appendix B: FY2017 and FY2018 Removals by Country of Citizenship

1.  MEXICO

128,765

141,045

2.  GUATEMALA

33,570

50,390

3.  HONDURAS

22,381

28,894

4.  EL SALVADOR

18,838

15,445

5.  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

1,986

1,769

6.  BRAZIL

1,413

1,691

7.  ECUADOR

1,152

1,264

8.  COLOMBIA

1,082

1,162

9.  HAITI

5,578

934

10.  NICARAGUA

832

879

 

Total

FY 2017  226,119

FY 2018  256,085

 

The following statement is from Mary Bauer, Deputy Legal Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center:

“This report is further evidence of the true extent of the Trump administration’s war on immigrants. They have taken young children from their parents and detained them, effectively closed the southern border to asylum seekers, and tried to deport U.S. citizens.  Their own numbers show that they are pursuing and deporting our community members for even the most minor traffic infractions.  Families should not be ripped apart to satisfy political demagoguery.

These numbers also indicate that, in addition to being inhumane and illegal, Trump’s war on asylum seekers is incredibly expensive. Rather than providing more funding for ICE’s detention and deportation machine Congress should focus on ensuring the immigration system is fair and open to all.

Sadly too, this report attempts to further demonize immigrants by conflating criminals with those simply seeking a better life for them and their families. We will continue to push protecting immigrants’ rights and protect the fundamental principles this nation was built upon.”

KJ

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