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Featured Issue: Border

The past decade has been marked by a dramatic buildup of border security and the expenditure of enormous resources on border personnel, border infrastructure and surveillance. Nonetheless, lawmakers continue to emphasize resource-heavy approaches that are premised on a strategy of making the border impenetrable, or nearly so. But, the border is more secure than ever before. Border apprehensions are at the lowest point in four decades, and the unauthorized population has fallen by eight percent since 2006.

This is the time to identify clear and reasonable border security goals that move beyond strategies focused solely on increasing spending at the Southern border. An effective border security plan must be based on performance metrics and measurable standards of border safety that are both achievable and fiscally responsible.

Apprehension and Removal Information

  • AILA issued an Immigration Policy Update on “Catch and Release” to respond to increased attention in the media that arose after Donald Trump claimed that President Obama revived the practice of “catch and release.” AILA’s update examines the Obama administration’s border security, detention, and removal practices.
  • DHS released a statement by DHS Secretary Johnson on Southwest Border Security, which includes FY2016 statistics on southwest border apprehensions. Total apprehensions by the Border Patrol increased from FY2015 and Central Americans apprehended on the southern border outnumbered Mexicans – October 17, 2016
  • AILA's Take On Immigration Enforcement provides information on ICE's enforcement data that reflects a decreased in removal numbers in FY2015 compared to last year's numbers, as well as context on the major factors that contribute to the shift - December 23, 2015
  • DHS released its end of year statistics for FY2015. In FY2015, ICE removed or returned a total 235,413 individuals, and CBP made 337,117 apprehensions nationwide.

CBP Body Worn Camera Feasibility Study

Operation Streamline

On 2/10/15, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs passed a resolution that would reserve Operation Streamline (S. Res. 104). The resolution was introduced by Senator Flake (R-AZ) in March 2015.

Border Security - AILA's Position and Pending Legislation

Additional Resources

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 12032166.