ICE Fiscal Year 2006 Annual Report, Protecting National Security and Upholding Public Safety [open pdf - 1MB]
"Fiscal Year 2006 (FY06) was a year of many records for ICE. Building upon the strong foundation established during its formative years, ICE in FY06 succeeded in implementing many new initiatives that are transforming the agency into a premiere 21st century law enforcement institution. During the last 12 months, ICE set new records for enforcement activity, ended the long-standing practice of 'catch and release,' launched major new initiatives, developed a framework for eliminating ICE's long-standing financial challenges, and improved the management and morale of the agency. In FY06, ICE set new records for worksite enforcement by increasing the number of arrests sevenfold over the last five years since the Immigration and Naturalization Service's (INS) last full year of operation in 2002. ICE is now criminally charging and seizing the assets of unscrupulous employers to create the kind of deterrence that was previously absent in worksite enforcement efforts, and achieving measurable success. ICE also ended the practice of 'catch and release' along the borders, an accomplishment that many considered impossible in 2005 when only 29 percent of apprehended non-Mexican aliens were detained along the border. Using Expedited Removal authority, ICE succeeded in reducing the average length of stay in custody for aliens placed in expedited removal proceedings to approximately 19 days, down significantly from the average of 90 days for aliens in traditional proceedings."
United States Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement: http://www.ice.gov/