DHS announcement of highest immigration enforcement numbers — well…kinda

October 12, 2010

The DHS (Department of Homeland Security) press release dated 10/8/10 proclaimed: DHS/ICE reveal highest immigration enforcement numbers on record in fiscal year 2010

What the DHS didn’t inform the public of is that there are two categories of deportation.

It’s all about semantics. While it’s true that the removals have gone up, however, the returns have gone down. The overall combined numbers have also gone down. (see graphs below)

* Removals are based on an “order of removal”. The alien has administrative or criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.

* Returns are NOT based on an order of removal. Most of the voluntary returns are of Mexican nationals who have been apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol and are returned to Mexico. (There is no criminal consequences placed on subsequent reentry.)

“Since the beginning of this administration, we have fundamentally changed the federal government’s approach to immigration enforcement,” — DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.

“In fiscal year (FY) 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) removed more illegal aliens than in any other period in the history of our nation. ICE removed more than 392,000 illegal aliens-half of them, more than 195,000-were convicted of crimes, including murder, sex offenses and drug violations.”

According to the 2009 annual report released August 2010:

393,000 foreign nationals 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).

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

This year under the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program a record 23,384 illegal Mexican immigrants voluntarily accepted flights back to their homeland from Arizona. At a cost to the US taxpayer of nearly $15 million the voluntary flights surpassed the previous year by more than double. 85% of the travellers were male.

The Mexican Interior Repatriation Program (MIRP) began in July of 2004. Illegal Mexican migrants may volunteer for the program, returning home via charter aircraft from Tucson, Arizona to either Mexico City or Guadalajara. Bus transportation is then provided to their final destination. Repatriation flights from Tucson, AZ were offered for nearly four months this summer compared with 36 days in 2009.

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Source: Department of Homeland Security


Source: Department of Homeland Security

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An open letter about illegal immigration

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Department of Homeland Security press release on H1N1 swine flu – transcripts 4/29/09

April 30, 2009

(Constant Swine Flu updates including links to current press releases may be seen here)

Remarks by Secretary Napolitano at Today’s Media Briefing on the H1N1 Flu Outbreak and the U.S. Government’s Response

Release Date: April 29, 2009

For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
Contact 202-282-8010
Washington, D.C.

Secretary Napolitano: This is the daily briefing to bring everybody up to speed on where things are with respect to the 2009 H1N1 virus.

The three of us just returned from the Hill. We testified—at least, [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Interim Deputy Director for Science and Health] RADM [Anne] Schuchat and I testified—before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, and then the three of us were present for a bipartisan briefing at the United States House of Representatives to make sure that the members of Congress are being kept up to speed. And of course, I am delighted to be joined today by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, because I have a feeling we’re going to be joined at the hip on this for quite a while as we move forward.

As you know, and I’m sad today to report, that today we had our first confirmed death as a result of the H1N1 virus in the United States. It was a 23-month-old child, and our sympathies go out to her family out of this. But as I said and have been saying, this is a flu, and a flu cycle. We think we’re at the beginning of a flu cycle, which typically brings with it some severe illness and death. Indeed, in the normal seasonal flu cycle, we will have about 36,000 deaths in the United States. That’s a fact that surprises many. But it is part and parcel of an influenza cycle. So our thoughts are with those who have contracted the virus now, and of course for the family of the child who died.

We now have 10 states with confirmed incidents of H1N1—Arizona, California, Indiana, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, New York, Ohio, and Texas. We are likely to see more states, more cases, and some more hospitalizations over the coming days, and we are prepared for that.

Every American should know that we are aggressively responding to this outbreak. Antiviral medications are en route to states to supplement their own stockpiles. Indiana, New York, New York City, already have their allocations. Several other states will receive their allocations by today. And all states will receive theirs no later than the third of May.

Let me point out an important difference here. There’s been some confusion between antiviral and vaccine. A vaccine is administered to prevent the flu from occurring. An antiviral is occurred after you get sick to mitigate the symptoms so that you feel better. So it is the antiviral stockpile that I’m referring to now.

We’re also actively monitoring travelers at our land, sea, and air ports. We’re watching them for signs of illness, and we have appropriate protocols in place to deal with those who are sick. Precautions are being taken to protect travelers and border personnel. Anyone exhibiting symptoms is being referred to an isolation room where they can be evaluated by a public health official before proceeding to their destination*.

I know there have been some calls to close the border. I want to address that directly. First of all, it is important to know that we are making all of our decisions based on the science and the epidemiology as recommended to us by the Centers for Disease Control. The CDC, the public health community, and the World Health Organization [WHO] all have said that closing our nation’s borders is not merited here, that the focus, the public health focus, should be on mitigating the impact of this virus. And so we are following those recommendations now.

As I said, we continue to actively monitor those coming across the borders and at our airports, as we’ve been doing all week. And we are also distributing flyers and public health information to individuals. As of today, Customs and Border Protection has referred a total of 49 suspected cases to the CDC or state and local officials. All the results have been negative, except the eight that are still under study.

I know that in addition to travelers, many parents across the country are concerned about school closures, and President Obama spoke about this earlier today. The Centers for Disease Control has recommended that schools with confirmed cases of H1N1 virus or schools with suspected cases linked to a confirmed case consider closing on a temporary basis. Some schools have already followed that advice. The best thing parents can do right now is to make sure you have a contingency plan in place so that you’ve made arrangements to care for your child in the event of a school closure.

This is also a good reminder for businesses to think about contingency planning as well.  As I said, we’re going to be working through this for a while. You have to anticipate what happens if you have employees who are parents. The schools have closed. The employees need to stay home. How do you continue with your business operations? And so all of us should be dusting off our business contingency plans, looking at things such as telecommuting and the like so that operations keep on going.

And of course, we advise anyone with flu symptoms to stay home or consult a doctor if you have severe symptoms. This is a problem that every individual can help us with by adopting common sense solutions or precautions. Cover your mouth or nose when you sneeze. Don’t go to work or school or go on a plane or a bus if you are sick so that you don’t communicate the disease to others. And wash your hands often.

I know that the Secretary of Health and Human Services is going to have more to say on that topic and on others, so let me close here and ask Secretary Sebelius to come forward.


*corrected typo; changed destruction to destination

Department of Homeland Security employee arrested and convicted

April 17, 2009

This week an employee of the Department of Homeland Security was convicted of alien harboring, taking a bribe and computer intrusion.

The 54-year-old Hasmukh Patel, who earlier worked with Citizenship and Immigration Services has been convicted of conspiring to encourage and induce aliens to come to and reside in the United States.

Patel’s position enabled him the power to decide whether some foreigners could receive the benefits of permanent residency and, ultimately, citizenship. For his own financial gain, Patel received bribe money in return for committing fraudulent statements to the US Dept. of Labor and the Dept. of Homeland Security. Authorized access on his government computer was also exceeded.

Witnesses testified that Patel, an Indian-American,  took actions to bring an Indian couple to this country based on fraudulent work visas. Patel was paid $100,000 to bring the married couple into the United States. The visa application stated the foreign national woman would work in his home – but she never did. Although Petal wrote checks to the female visa recipient she and her husband were actually working at the family convenience store in Georgia.

Witnesses from the US Consulate in Mumbai, India, testified that Patel had called, identified himself as an employee of the Dept. of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Service and vouched for the veracity of the visa application, Officials alerted investigators that he was attempting to bring in another couple.

According to evidence, his DHS computer had been accessed to see if he or a visa recipient were under investigation.

The abuse of power may yield Patel a possible maximum 49 year prison term and $1.750,000 fine. He will receive his sentence June 23. Read entire press release here.

In 2008, according to the Annual Flow Report released by the Office of Immigration Statistics more than 3.6 million foreigners came to the US on resident non-immigrant visas. Mexico topped the list with 440,099 followed by a close India with 425,826 admissions.

The leading countries of citizenship for resident non-immigrant admissions to the United States in 2008 were Mexico (12%), India (12%), Japan (7%), South Korea (5.9%), and the UK (5.9%).

These five countries accounted for more than 40% of resident non-immigrant admissions to the US.

Even though Mexico has taken the number one spot, in actual figures, there has been an increase in the number of Indians coming to the US on resident immigrant visa status.

As the US is having a tough time in filling up its annual quota of 65,000 H-1B work visas for highly skilled categories, an official report in India has said that the Indian nationals accounted for the 38% of the total H-1B visas issued by the United States last year.

To see persons obtaining legal permanent resident status by region and country of birth for years 1999 to 2008 click here.