Wednesday, September 01, 2010


IWS Documented News Service
Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach
School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies
Cornell University
16 East 34th Street, 4th floor----------------------
Stuart Basefsky
New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau

Homeland Security

Office of Immigration Statistics POLICY DIRECTORATE


Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2009 [August 2010]

[full-text, 4 pages]


Each year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) undertakes immigration enforcement actions involving hundreds of thousands of foreign nationals (for definitions of immigration enforcement action terms, see Box 1). These actions include the arrest, detention, return, and removal from the United States of foreign nationals who violate U.S. immigration law. Violations include failing to abide by the terms and conditions of admission or engaging in a variety of crimes such as violent crimes, document and benefit fraud, terrorist activity, and drug smuggling. Primary responsibility for the enforcement of immigration law within DHS rests with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CBP is responsible for the inspection of all arriving persons and conveyances at ports of entry and the deterrence or apprehension of illegal immigrants between ports of entry. ICE is responsible for enforcing immigration laws throughout the United States.


This Office of Immigration Statistics Annual Report presents information on the apprehension, detention, return, and removal of foreign nationals during 2009.1 Key findings in this report include the following:


• DHS apprehended 613,000 foreign nationals; 86 per-cent were natives of Mexico.

• The number of foreign nationals apprehended by CBP’s Border Patrol decreased 23 percent between 2008 and 2009.

• ICE detained approximately 383,000 foreign nationals.

• 393,000 foreign nationals2 were removed from the United States—the seventh consecutive record high. The leading countries of origin of those removed were Mexico (72 percent), Guatemala (7 percent), and Honduras (7 percent).

• Expedited removals accounted for 106,600 or 27 per-cent of all removals.

• DHS removed 128,000 known criminal aliens3 from the United States.

• 580,000 foreign nationals were returned to their home countries without a removal order.



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