The Naval Postgraduate School & The U.S. Department of Homeland Security

DHS Releases Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012 Report

ICE officer apprehends a suspect.With over 640,000 apprehensions of foreign nationals in 2012, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a big job on its hands. DHS must sort out those entering the country illegally, failing to abide by the terms and conditions of admission, or engaging in various forms of criminal activity. They have released their annual report for Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012, which outlines the efforts of DHS, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to maintain enforcement of immigration laws and regulations.

The process of enforcement for illegal immigrants takes place in several steps: inspection, apprehension, benefit denial, detention, and finally, removal from the U.S. This report lists data about the most common violators by country, criminal activity, age, and sex. The majority of violators are from Central and South America, with Mexico and Guatemala vastly outweighing the other countries of origin. From 72 - 89 percent of violators were men; Mexican aliens accounted for 73 percent of all aliens removed from the country.

Crimes that led to removal of illegal aliens ranged from traffic offenses to drug manufacturing; assault, larceny, and other categories also accounted for thousands of removal cases.

For a detailed summary or to access the report in its entirety, visit the DHS summary page on the Immigration Enforcement Actions: 2012 report.