U.S. officials and others have said that extreme violence, persistent poverty and other problems in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala spurred last summer's migration of tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children.
The agency expected that it would fly four 16-hour drone patrols every day, year-round, for a total of 23,296 flight hours by fiscal 2013. However, the aircraft logged a total of 5,102 flight hours, about 80 percent less than OAM had anticipated.
The Homeland Security Advisory Council subcommittee report presented recommendations aimed at improving investigations into alleged corruption at CBP, but also said the agency's use-of-force policy guidelines need to revised.
The suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona, said such conditions violate the U.S. Constitution and CBP's own policies. It names Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, among others as defendants.
Under the Homeland Security Department's preclearance operations, which are currenlty conducted in 15 airports across six countries, each traveler undergoes immigration, customs and agriculture inspection before boarding a direct flight to the U.S.
A Customs and Border Protection initiative designed to reduce recidivism rates of aliens who illegally try to enter or re-enter the United States isn't being measured well enough to determine its effectiveness.
The department could do a better job of collecting data and developing measures and metrics to assess what they're getting out of investments.
Prosecutorial discretion provides DHS immigration enforcement agencies greater authority in deciding how far they want to enforce the law against a specific person so they can better prioritize their limited resources.
ICE Air Operations, which is responsible for transporting detainees within the United States or returning them to their countries of origin, does not collect data that could help it better support operational decisions and improve program effectiveness.
Analysis found that DHS's Domestic Nuclear Detection Office has shortfalls in its documentation procedures, making it difficult to understand how well its R&D investments are addressing the gaps in the government's global nuclear detection architecture.