The Department is focused on smart and effective enforcement of U.S. immigration laws while streamlining and facilitating the legal immigration process.
The Department has fundamentally reformed immigration enforcement, prioritizing the identification and removal of criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety and targeting employers who knowingly and repeatedly break the law.
Smart and Effective Enforcement
Immigration Enforcement Overview
ICE has adopted common sense policies that ensure our immigration laws are enforced in a way that best enhances public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.
DHS uses biometrics to help secure our borders and transportation.
Deferred Action Overview
Young people who were brought to the United States as children and who meet several key criteria will be considered for temporary relief from removal from the country or from being placed in removal proceedings.
America is a nation of immigrants. That diversity is the backbone of our arts, industry, and culture.
The Ombudsman helps people resolve problems with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and recommends fixes to systemic USCIS service issues.
Through a multi-layered, risk based system, DHS has taken significant steps to ensure that immigration benefits are not granted to individuals who pose a threat to national security.
Implementation of the Supreme Court Ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act
Statement from former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Frequently Asked Questions about the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Combating Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery, and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to exploit human beings for some type of labor or commercial sex purpose. Every year, millions of men, women, and children worldwide—including in the United States—are victims of human trafficking. Victims are often lured with false promises of well-paying jobs or are manipulated by people they trust, but instead are forced or coerced into prostitution, domestic servitude, farm or factory labor, or other types of forced labor.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers and protecting victims. DHS initiates hundreds of investigations and makes numerous arrests every year, using a victim-centered approach. DHS also processes immigration relief through Continued Presence (CP), T visas, and U visas to victims of human trafficking and other designated crimes.
In 2010, DHS launched the Blue Campaign, unifying the DHS components to more effectively combat human trafficking through enhanced public awareness, training, victim assistance, and law enforcement investigations. By expanding our collaboration within the department, as well as among domestic and international governments, law enforcement, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, DHS is helping to protect victims from being trafficked both within the United States and around the world.
Recognize the Indicators of Human Trafficking
Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. Blue Campaign created a variety of resources to inform people about the crime of human trafficking, how to report suspected cases of human trafficking, and how to get involved in combating human trafficking.
Report Suspected Human Trafficking
Report suspected human trafficking activity to law enforcement (available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects at):
- Call 1-866-347-2423 (toll free)
- Call 1-802-872-6199 (non toll free international)
- Report online at www.ice.gov/tips
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.
For more information, please contact the Blue Campaign at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Department of Homeland Security, “Enforce and Administer our Immigration Laws” http://www.dhs.gov website. Accessed December 2, 2015. http://www.dhs.gov/administer-immigration-laws
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