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DHS OIG – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process

February 27, 2014 Comments off

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Worksite Enforcement Administrative Inspection Process (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Inspector General

Generally, ICE’s worksite enforcement administrative inspection process met the requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. However, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate has not adequately monitored or evaluated the performance or outcomes of implementing its administrative inspection process through the worksite enforcement strategy. Specifically, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations’ headquarters did not adequately oversee the field offices to ensure that they were consistent in issuing warnings and fines, and some field offices issued significantly more warnings than fines. The directorate also negotiated fines with employers, in some cases substantially reducing the amounts. Homeland Security Investigations’ inconsistent implementation of the administrative inspection process, plus the reduction of fines, may have hindered its mission to prevent or deter employers from violating immigration laws. The directorate has not analyzed the effect of these differences in implementation or sufficiently determined whether implementation has improved compliance. In addition, field offices did not always document their actions adequately and did not maintain accurate and up-to-date administrative inspection data, making it more difficult to verify employers’ compliance. As a result, ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate may have difficulty fully analyzing the impact of its administrative inspection process through the worksite enforcement strategy. Because it is able to inspect only a small percentage of employers, the Homeland Security Investigations directorate should maximize the value of each administrative inspection by ensuring that it conducts the inspection process effectively.

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Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens

April 4, 2012 Comments off

Deportation of Parents of U.S.-Born Citizens: Fiscal Year 2011 Report to Congress — Second Semi-Annual Report (PDF)
Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS; via Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service)

The data provided in this report are based on a reporting period of January 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011.

During the reporting period, ICE sought orders of deportation, exclusion, or removal in the cases of 39,918 aliens who claimed to have at least 1 USC child. ICE removed 46,486 aliens who claimed at least 1 USC child.

CBP, ICE Release Report on 2011 Counterfeit Seizures

January 14, 2012 Comments off

CBP, ICE Release Report on 2011 Counterfeit Seizures
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Theft of American intellectual property is a serious crime, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced today that their vigorous, ongoing efforts to protect America from the trade in counterfeit and pirated goods during fiscal year 2011 resulted in 24,792 seizures, a 24 percent increase over 2010.

Many fake goods seriously threaten the health and safety of American consumers and our national security. With this in mind, CBP and ICE continued to step up enforcement against these dangerous products resulting in a 44 percent increase in the number of seizures of health and safety products that could have harmed Americans. The value of these seizures soared to more than $60 million due to increases in pharmaceutical and perfume seizures.

Despite the significant increase in the number of seizures, the domestic value for seizures in fiscal year 2011 decreased by five percent to $178.9 million and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price declined slightly to $1.1 billion. This is primarily due to a shift toward using international mail, express courier and consolidated shipping services to import counterfeit and pirated goods.

“The growth of websites selling counterfeit goods directly to consumers is one reason why CBP and ICE have seen a significant increase in the number of seizures at mail and express courier facilities,” said Acting CBP Commissioner David V. Aguilar. “Although these websites may have low prices, what they do not tell consumers is that the true costs to our nation and consumers include lost jobs, stolen business profits, threats to our national security, and a serious risk of injury to consumers.”

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Secure Communities: Quarterly Report — Fiscal Year 2011 First Quarter Report to Congress

May 16, 2011 Comments off

Secure Communities: Quarterly Report — Fiscal Year 2011 First Quarter Report to Congress (PDF)
Source: U.S. Department of Homeland Security

This quarterly report describes how U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) utilized technology to enhance enforcement activities, as well as how resources and activities were focused on efforts to identify and remove criminal aliens from the United States during the first quarter of Fiscal Year (FY) 2011. These efforts are strategically planned around and focused on the following three goals: identification, prioritization, and transformation. The core activities discussed in this report are Secure Communities Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT)/Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System (IAFIS) interoperability, criminal alien enforcement, and information technology (IT) development. This executive summary ties these core strategies to activities.

Table — List of Deaths in ICE Custody: October 2003 – February 24, 2011

March 8, 2011 Comments off

Table — List of Deaths in ICE Custody: October 2003 – February 24, 2011 (PDF)
Source: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (DHS)
Includes alien name, sex, date of birth, country of birth, date of death, location of death, location of last detention, facility type, final cause of death.

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