CIS — Texas lawmakers have been using this year when the legislature is not in session to examine how the collapse of immigration enforcement has affected public safety. Texas is greatly affected, not just because it is a large border state with many immigrants, but also because south Texas currently is the hot spot for illegal entry into the United States. How Texas approaches border security and enforcement matters to the entire country. Currently, half of all immigration enforcement activity happens in the four ICE field offices that cover Texas.
On March 23, I presented information on the decline in interior enforcement to a Texas Senate committee. According to ICE records, Obama administration policies, including the executive actions of 2014, have suppressed interior enforcement activity to about half the level that it was as recently as 2013. The deportation of criminal aliens, who are supposedly the highest priority for ICE, has also declined sharply.