OIG’s Report On DHS’s Immigration Enforcement & Administration

“The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General released a report detailing shortcomings in immigration enforcement and administration within DHS’s component agencies, including Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In its report, OIG recommended that the agency develop a unified approach for strategy and oversight through the creation of a department-level group.

If DHS is committed to this approach, we believe one area where it could improve upon is by creating a uniform system for filing complaints against component agencies, for example, which would be beneficial to those directly impacted by the system, such as asylum seekers, legal permanent residents and others in their custody.

We also believe the department-level group should be independent of the DHS and should be a congressionally-appointed committee.”

-Christina Fialho, Co-Executive Director and Co-Founder of Community Initiatives for Visiting Immigrants in Confinement (CIVIC)