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Custody and Transfer Statistics

Office of Field Operations - Dispositions and Transfers

OFO Monthly Southwest Border Credible Fear Inadmissibles by Disposition 

DispositionJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Expedited Removal - Credible Fear (ERCF)11,3241,550672941361649
Notice to Appear (NTA)2,72,5041,4567791516111626
Notice to Appear (NTA) - Person Released00000000
Notice to Appear (NTA) - Person Detained00000000
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)-Removal - Limited Review310000000
Visa Waiver Program (VWP)-Refusal - Limited Review3 00000000
Stowaway - Limited Review300000000
Total Credible Fear Inadmissibles3,8293,0061,4512457473275

 

Title 8 Inadmissibles 

Field OfficeJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
El Paso1,27195762454109153203186
Laredo2,7172,4131,445203405365424484
San Diego2,4372,1801,33290175228218267
Tucson9501,045582581041115687
Total7,3756,5953,9834057938579011,024

 

OFO Monthly Southwest Border Credible Fear Inadmissibles by Program

 Jan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)4 - Initial returns39626124630001
         
Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA)5 Program - Expedited Removal - Credible Fear (ERCF)5211600000
ACA - Notice to Appear (NTA)00800000
         
Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP)Program  -Expedited Removal - Credible Fear (ERCF)18148335500000
HARP - Notice to Appear144867400000

 

OFO Monthly Southwest Border Credible Fear by Transfer Destination

DestinationJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Federal/State/Local Facility133174606911111
ICE/ERO1,8741,4124791542391057
ICE/HSI60410001
OFO2814500000
Return to Foreign38223924900001
USBP65880450700000
Total3,0812,6431,3042251402170
1Includes subjects who claimed credible fear in Office of Field Operations (OFO) custody at a port of entry.  OFO refers all such claims to USCIS. Credible fear may be claimed at any time prior to removal.
2Office of Field Operations has the discretion to process arriving aliens for expedited removal or notice to appear in removal proceedings or other disposition.  In the event of NTA disposition, applicants for admission have up to one year to seek asylum and while proceeding before the immigration judge.
3The term "limited review" refers to the process of an immigration judge considering prior administrative adjudicated claims of US citizenship, Lawful Permanent Residence, Asylum or Refugee status.  The immigration judge considers only the claim to such benefit and not the underlying inadmissibility or removal ground that may apply in the alien's case.
4Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) - An exercise of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) express statutory authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to return certain applicants for admission, or those who enter illegally between the ports of entry, who are subject to removal proceedings under INA Section 240 Removal Proceedings to Mexico pending removal proceedings.  Aliens processed for MPP are released from detained immigration docket while awaiting their removal proceedings and like all alien asylum seekers have up to one year after initiation of removal proceedings to claim fear and file form I589 to have their claims heard by an Asylum Officer or Immigration Judge.
5Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA) - CBP, in coordination with ICE Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), and USCIS, have executed ACAs to facilitate the transfer of aliens to a third country where they will have access to full and fair procedures for determining their protection claims, based on the ACAs. Currently, Guatemala is the only ACA participant.  
6Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP) - Developed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with ICE, USCIS, and EOIR to promptly address credible fear claims of amenable Mexican nationals.
7Initial disposition of Expedited Removal is converted to a Notice to Appear in full removal proceedings after a preliminary finding by Asylum Officer, Supervisor or Immigration Judge of credible fear; Custody status is most likely released on recognizance or "Order of Recognizance" pending discretion of an asylum grant.  Legal status while out of custody is parole until asylum is granted.  Continued detention of a migrant who has more likely than not demonstrated credible fear is not in the interest of resource allocation or justice.

 

Office of Field Operations - In Custody

Field Operations - Southwest Border In Custody1

Detention CapacityJun-20Jul-20Aug-20
1005 44 (4.40%)243 (4.32%)251 (5.04%)2
1Represents an estimate of each cell's code occupancy limit, as outlined in technical design standards when constructed,  multiplied by the total number of cells for all ports of entry within each field office.  This number does not account for the unique circumstances that may limit the occupancy of a given cell (e.g., high risk, nursing/pregnant, transgender, unaccompanied minor, etc.) nor does it reflect operational limitations that affect a port's capacity to detain. CBP’s capacity to detain individuals in its short-term facilities depends on many factors, including: demographics of the individual in custody; medical or other needs of individuals in custody; ability of ICE ERO (or, if an unaccompanied alien children, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) to transfer individuals out of CBP custody; and OFO's available resources to safely process and hold individuals.
2Represents the average number of travelers in custody on a daily basis averaged over the 30 day period, at all Southwest Border Field Office locations.  Travelers include inadmissible aliens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, refugees, and United States Citizens who are being detained to verify wants, warrants, criminal, administrative or other judicial process.    

 

Office of Field Operations - Title 8, 19 and 42

OFO Southwest Border T8, T19, T42 (T19 and T42 since 3/21/2020)

CategoryJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Title 87,3746,6023,9894057938549011,030
Title 19001,0914,1815,9718,2237,9157,727
Title 42003,8105198511,3591,4951,702

 OFO Southwest Border T8, T19, T42 (T19 and T42 since 3/27/2020)

CategoryJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Title 87,3746,6023,9894057938549011,030
Title 19001,0764,1815,9718,2237,9157,727
Title 4200695198511,3591,4951,702

U.S. Border Patrol - Dispositions and Transfers

USBP Monthly Southwest Border Apprehensions by Processing Disposition

The processing disposition decision related to each apprehension is made on a case-by-case basis. The processing dispositions below are representative of the time data was aggregated. As dispositions are subject to change throughout the immigration process, the data does not necessarily reflect final dispositions or removals. 

Processing DispositionJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Expedited Removal (ER)10,85811,9317,770334389665731836
PACR, HARP, ACA11,3911,26186200000
Notice To Appear/Order of Recognizance- Released7591842114714
Reinstatement of Prior Removal8,8869,2606,6823195347097681,137
Voluntary Return1,3361,3312,47679139161173165
Warrant/Notice To Appear (NTA) - Detained3,6483,5532,952187223262474832
MPP12,6122,2552,163218184250448936
Other23993963203895404683873
Total Title 8 Apprehensions29,20530,07823,3091,1771,5652,4653,2844,793
1Subjects enrolled in multiple programs are only counted once based on the following order: PACR, ACA, HARP, MPP
2Processing dispositions may include subjects that do not yet have a final disposition at the time the data was collected or subjects processed under the visa waiver program, turned over to, paroled, etc. 

 

USBP Monthly Southwest Border Apprehensions by Transfer Destination

Following processing, U.S. Border Patrol arranges transfer of individuals to the appropriate entity based on disposition and other factors such as criminal charges. The transfer destinations below are representative of the time data was aggregated. The data does not reflect subsequent transfer destinations after subjects leave Border Patrol custody and are subject to change if an individual returns to U.S. Border Patrol custody during the same event.

Transfer DestinationJan-20Feb-20Mar-20Apr-20May-20Jun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Humanitarian Release7791842114712
Federal19,5679,9767,3156728291,2191,5342,116
Federal - Northern Triangle Repatriation Flights3,0293,4521,935117648
Federal - Mexican Repatriation Flights6641,430576539337433508
Port of Entry (Non-MPP)11,14510,6299,443214366440564781
Port of Entry (MPP)2,6182,2682,356218184250448924
State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies1,8102,0301,43532109124140177
Other2295202165233075152234
Total Title 8 Transfers29,20530,07823,3091,1771,5652,4653,2824,760
1Manifested as turned over to other Federal agencies, to include Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Health and Human Services, U.S. Marshals, etc.  
2Includes subjects that have not been transferred out of USBP custody at the time the data was collected or subjects manifested as transferred to hospital, paroled, etc.  

U.S. Border Patrol - In Custody

USBP Average Daily Subjects In Custody by Southwest Border Sector

U.S. Border Patrol facilities, such as stations and central processing centers, provide short-term holding capacity for the processing and transfer of individuals encountered by agents. Maximum facility capacity along the Southwest border is approximately 12,500, which assumes a homogenous population and full operating status at all facilities. Actual capacity fluctuates constantly based on characteristics of in-custody population, to include demographics, gender, criminality, etc.

SectorJun-20Jul-20Aug-20
Big Bend769
Del Rio368240
El Centro272936
El Paso365769
Laredo526183
Rio Grande10584116
San Diego575054
Tucson223247
Yuma667
Total347406461

Pathways and Programs Definitions

Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP)

The Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) is an exercise of the Department of Homeland Security’s express statutory authority under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to return certain applicants for admission, or those who enter illegally between the ports of entry, who are subject to removal proceedings under INA Section 240 Removal Proceedings to Mexico pending removal proceedings. 

Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR)

The Prompt Asylum Claim Review (PACR) pathway was developed by U.S. Border Patrol (USBP), in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to promptly address credible fear claims of amenable individuals.

Asylum Cooperative Agreement (ACA)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), have executed Asylum Cooperative Agreements (ACAs) to facilitate the transfer of aliens to a third country where they will have access to full and fair procedures for determining their protection claims, based on the ACAs.

Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP)

The Humanitarian Asylum Review Process (HARP), was developed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) to promptly address credible fear claims of amenable Mexican nationals.

Electronic Nationality Verification

Under the Electronic Nationality Verification (ENV) program U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), remove eligible aliens with a final order of removal to their native countries.

Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI)

Under the Interior Repatriation Initiative (IRI), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), in coordination with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations (ERO) and the Mexican Ministry of the Interior, remove eligible aliens from Mexico to the interior of Mexico.

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