Highlights of GAO. Immigration law & policy in the U.S.
In fiscal year 2019, CBP reported apprehending more than 527,000 noncitizen family unit members at or between U.S. ports of entry along the southwest border--a 227 percent increase over fiscal year 2018. In April 2018, the U.S. Attorney General issued a memo on criminal prosecutions of immigration offenses, which DHS officials said led to an increase in family separations. This report examines (1) CBP data on apprehended family unit members; the extent to which (2) CBP and (3) ICE developed and implemented policies and procedures for processing family units; and (4) how DHS and HHS share information about UAC. GAO is making eight recommendations to DHS and one to HHS. Among them, CBP should develop and implement additional controls to ensure that Border Patrol agents accurately record family unit separations in data systems. GAO also recommends that ICE systematically track in its data system the family units ICE separates. Further, DHS and HHS should collaborate about information sharing for UAC.
"February 2020"--Cover. "Highlights of GAO-20-245."
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Background Number of CBP apprehensions of family unit members was greater in the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2019 than in all of fiscal year 2018 CBP developed some policies and procedures for processing family units but does not have sufficient controls to ensure effective implementation ICE developed procedures for processing family units, but does not systematically track ICE's family unit separations in its data system DHS and HHS have interagency agreements with roles and responsibilities regarding UAG, but long-standing information sharing gaps remain Conclusions Recommendations for executive action Agency comments Appendices.
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