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Honduras Pilot Initiative

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Honduras Pilot Initiative

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  4. 4. —FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY GUATEMALA, HONDURAS AND EL SALVADOR PILOT INITIATIVES TALKING POINTS: • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) created the Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador pilot initiatives in the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) region to streamline repatriations to these three countries and to decrease the average length of stay of aliens in ERO custody. • Via the Guatemalan Pilot Initiative (GPI), the Government of Guatemala agreed to interview up to 100 aliens per day, while in Office of Border Patrol (OBP) custody, and issue travel documents the same day. • In FY 2013, via the Guatemalan Initiative, consular officials conducted 11,127 consular interviews, and issued 10,972 travel documents. 1Se-- In FY 2014, via the Guatemalan Initiative, consular officials conducted 25,478 consular interviews, and issued 24,465 travel documents. • In FY 2015, as of April 6,2015, via the Guatemalan Initiative, consular officials have conducted 5,823 consular interviews, and issued 5,723 travel documents. 1Se-- ERO has increased removals to Guatemala since the inception of GPI from an average of 1.5 charter removal flights per week to four charter removal flights per week. The ALOS within ERO custody is currently 3.3 days.' The Govermnent of Guatemala has requested to expand GPI to Arizona and other regions in Texas. CHP is currently exploring the feasibility of expanding. • Via the I londuran Pilot Initiative (I 1P1), the Government of I londuras agreed to interview up to 100 aliens per day, while in Office of Border Patrol (OBP) custody, and issue travel documents the same day. 1$,In FY 2013, via the Honduran Initiative, consular officials conducted 5,026 consular interviews, and issued 4,975 travel documents. 1Se-- In FY 2014, via the Honduran Initiative, consular officials conducted 16,658 consular interviews, and issued 16,327 travel documents. 1$, In FY 2015, as of April 6,2015, via the Honduran Initiative, consular officials have conducted 3.122 consular interviews, and issued 2,828 travel documents. ERO has increased removals to Honduras since the inception of this initiative from an average of two charter removal flights per week to four charter removal flights per week. The ALOS within ERO custody region is currently 5.1 days. 2 • Via the El Salvador Pilot Initiative (EPI), the Government of El Salvador agreed to temporarily detail Consular Officials on two separate occasions in FY2014 to conduct additional interviews and expedite the issuance on travel documents. During the two months of participation in FY 2014, the El Salvador Initiative conducted 1540 consular interviews, and issued 1129 travel documents. ' ALOS data is as of February 14, 2015. ALOS data as of February 14, 2015. Prepared by: (b)(6),(b)(7)(C Date: Tuesday. April 7.2015 (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) 02-732 (b)( 2016-ICFO 44468 4 of 47
  5. 5. FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY WA TCH OUT FOR/IF ASKED • Why is El Salvador not currently participating in the EPI with ERO? 1e-- The Consul General at the new Salvadorian Consulate in McAllen, TX has pledged to participate in EPI; however, due to staffing shortages at the consulate in McAllen, TX, El Salvador is currently unable to participate in EPI. BACKGROUND • In April 2013, ERO implemented the Guatemalan Pilot Initiative (GPI) within the San Antonio area of responsibility (AOR). To support the commencement of GPI, ERO expedited the installation of Video Teleconferencing (VTC) equipment at the Guatemalan consulate in McAllen, TX and provided electronic Travel Document System (eTD) laptops, printers and technical support for the eTD system. In addition, ERO provided travel funds support to initiate the program. ERO also negotiated and facilitated with the Government of Guatemala to reduce the notification period for the flight manifest from 48 hours to 24 hours to expedite the removal and directly reduce the average length of stay (ALOS). • In June 2013, ERO implemented the HPI within the San Antonio AOR. To support the commencement of HPI, ERO provided the Honduran Consulate in McAllen, TX with eTD laptops, printers and technical support for the eTD system. In addition, ERO provided travel funds support to initiate the program. ERO also negotiated and facilitated with the Government of Honduras to reduce the notification period for the flight manifest from 72 hours to 48 hours to expedite the removal and directly reduce the ALOS. • In June 2014, ERO implemented the EPI within the San Antonio AOR. The local El Salvadoran Consular Official agreed to interview aliens at the Port Isabel Detention Center. ERO provided support for the El Salvadoran Consular Official to temporarily detail consular staff to the Rio Grande Valley area to provide assistance with travel document interviews and travel document issuance. FRO paid for lodging and meals, and provided office space at thc Port Isabel Service Processing Center in Los Fresnos, Texas. In July 2014, the El Salvadoran Consular Official detailed consular officials to the Laredo Detention Center (LDC) in Laredo. Texas. to conduct travel document interviews and issue travel documents. The decision to conduct EPI at LDC was made because LDC houses the largest population of Salvadorans in ERO custody in the San Antonio AOR. The only support that ERO provided for this phase was office space. In late August 2014, the Government of El Salvador opened a new consulate in McAllen, Texas. To support the commencement of EPI, ERO expedited the installation of VTC equipment at the Salvadoran consulate in McAllen, TX and provided eTD laptops, printers and technical support for the eTD system. The El Salvadoran Consulate is currently not participating in the EPI program. A new Consul General arrived in early February 2015 at the El Salvadoran consulate in McAllen, Texas. ERO is currently working with this new leadership to restart EPI. FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY (b)(6),(b)(7)(C)Prepared by: I (b)(6),(b)(7)(C I ICETIRt Date: Tuesday. April 7.201:, 202-732 (b)( 2016-ICFO 44468 5 of 47
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  22. 22. From: Sent: To: COMMA Subject: Attachments: (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) 27 Jul 2016 1:17:4 -0400 (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) HPI HPI June 26, 2014.pptx, HPI paper.doc Greetings, This is what I have specific to HPI. Thanks, (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) Supervisory Detention and Deportation Officer DI-15/ICE ERO Non-Detained Unit Harlingen Resident Office 956-389 • Office 956-535 Cell "The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20, has wasted 30 years of his life" — Mohammed Ali 2016-1CF0 44468 22 of 47
  23. 23. ICE U.S. Immigration and Cuswins Lntorcement Honduran Pilot Initiative (HP!) • Electronic Travel Document Requests to date: 18,190 • Removals: Males: 11,263 Females: 3,774 Total: 15,037 • Average Length of Stay in ICE Custody: FY'13 5.07 days FY'14 3.48 days 2016-1CF0 44468 23 of 47
  24. 24. ICE U.S. Immigration and Cuswins Lntorcement HP! Participation • Only persons with final orders of removal • Medically cleared for travel • Not participating: Asylum or fear claims Minors or unaccompanied children 2016-1CF0 44468 24 of 47
  25. 25. ICE J. S Inunigi at ton and Cuswm, Lntorcement • HPI officially started on June 24, 2013 • The first interviews took place on April 3, 2013 at the Harlingen Border Patrol Station in Harlingen, Texas. • The Honduran Consulate in McAllen conducts interviews and issues travel documents on the same day. • HR operations are conducted from Monday through Friday. 2016-1CF0 44468 25 of 47
  26. 26. ICE J. S Inunigi at ton and Cuswm, Lntorcement HPI significantly reduces detention periods in Border Patrol detention cells. Reduced detention periods result in: • Lower risk of disease transmission; • Improved personal hygiene accessibility; • Better nutritional options; • Decrease in stress, frustration and fewer disciplinary incidents; • Knowledge of case disposition; 2016-1CF0 44468 26 of 47
  27. 27. ICE J. S Inunigi at ton and Cuswm, Lntorcement • Significant reduction in ICE detention time; • Participants will return to Honduras in days, not weeks; • Reduces possibility of contact with unscrupulous immigration attorneys; • Reduces the number of detainee telephone calls to the Consulate; • Persons are easier to locate if detained in detention centers; • Phones are available at detention centers 2016-1CF0 44468 27 of 47
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  33. 33. From: Sent: To: Subject: (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) 27 Jan 2015 11:40:04 -0500 (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) RE: HPI and GPI Opening of the consulates. We provided VTC acquisitions/installations and eTD laptops, printers and tech support and some travel fund support to initiate the programs. They had staff in place already and for HPI, they had staff in McAllen by June 2013 with the TD's being issue from Houston via eTD. From (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 10:26 AM Toj (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) Subject: HPI and GPI He f,1 /1,1(71/ I have a quick question on HPI and GPI. I have searched for info but found nothing. When these programs started back in 2013, did ADR fund any temporary details of consular officers or did the programs commence with the openings of the consulates? Thanks, I (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) Detention and Deportation Otheer fowl Doom-Lent Unit West El Salvador, Guatemala and I londuras Enforcement and Reines& Operations US. Impc4iAion and Customs Polon:einem 202 711 (10)( D) 1202-27 1771(M) (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) NOTICE: Tins communication may con en al information. If you are not an intended recipient or believe you have received this communication in error, please do not print. copy, retransm ...didnuise use this information. Please inform the sender that you received this message in error and delete the message from your system. 2016-1CF0 44468 33 of 47
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  40. 40. FOR oFFicini "Sr oykv El Salvador Project Initiative efforts February 6,2014 BACKGROUND: In November 2012 ICE jointly collaborated with the Government of Guatemala (GOG) to establish a sub-consulate to the Consul General in Houston, located in McAllen, TX. ICE provided support via office space leased through the City of McAllen and installed Videoteleconferencing (VTC) capability at the site. This Guatemalan Pilot Initiative ((PI) directly impacts ICE San Antonio Rio Grande Valley (RGV) operations and according to HQ- Field Operations, travel documents requested through the GPI are typically received the same day. In early 2013 the Honduran Pilot Initiative (HPI) was commenced through joint collaboration with the Embassy of Honduras in Washington DC and the Consul General in Houston, TX. The Government of Ilonduras (G011) began the process of staffing a sub consulate to be collocated with the Guatemalan sub consulate in McAllen, TX but in the immediate intcrim, the HPI is being managed through the Consul General in Houston, TX. The travel document issuance turnaround rate for the HPI is 1-2 days according to the San Antonio Field Office. The sub consulate of I londuras in McAllen, TX is staffed as of January 24, 2014 and 11Q is coordinating to provide VTC and any support needed. In June 19, 2013 ICE initiated discussion with the Government of El Salvador (GOES) demonstrating proven efficiencies gained through cooperative partnership with the GOG and GOH in response to the surge of their nationals arrested in the RGV. ICE asked the GOES to consider this option as a way to reduce TD processing times and was offered to collocate with the GOG sub consulate in McAllen, TX but the proposal was refused. The GOES did request 2 additional VTC units to provide their limited staff at the I louston Consulate General more capability of increasing thcir interviews of detained nationals. As of December 10, 2013 ICE funded and installed two VTC units providing a total of 3 VTC units at the Houston Consul General's office. While it appears that TD processing times have slightly improved, this has not shown to have as significant impact commensurate to the CiP1/11PI. On December 2,2013 DHS/OIA and ICE/ERO met with the GOES Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) Vice Minister (VM) Garcia in San Salvador at which time ICE offered immediate tem orary consular office space at the Port Isabel Detention Center and VTC capability. VM agreed to continue exploring options to establish a sub consulate and requested a tour of the RGV. This ICE hosted trip is tentativel scheduled for March 19 through 21, 2014 and to be attended by the MFA. Embassy and Consul General staff Staff Responsible for Briefing Memp: Detention and Deportation Officerl (b)(6),(b)(7)(C) 2016-1CF0 44468 40 of 47
  41. 41. SNA Land migration Phase Triggers and Capabilities Background Joint Task Force West (ITF W) is developing a Land Migration Surge Plan for the JTF W Joint Operational Area (JOA). In this plan, specific levels of activity are required to indicate changes from steady state normal operations to increased apprehension and activity levels that would be indicative of a surge. To ensure an appropriate measurement of activity that impacts ERO program operations, specific activity and operational levels need to be established. South Texas Corridor — Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio Field Offices. SNA AOR SNA AOR Ground Transportation is undertaken through a contract with Trailboss Inc. Trailboss will respond to all transportation requirements in the San Antonio AOR. There is no need to modify the contract, just need to request service. The contract encompasses all of the OBP Sectors within the San Antonio Field Office and may be called upon for "on demand routes" not included; the charge for this service is (b)(4) (b)(7)(E) 1(b)(4) (b)(7)(E) I Transportation can be called on any time, 24 hours per day, and 7 days per week. Additionally a contract with MVM Inc. has been established for UAC escorts originating from the RGV via commercial airlines outside of the SNA AOR. The contract and daily operations are managed by JFRMU. SNA AOR currently has (b)(7 lAO aircraft positioned within the AOR to undertake removal missions and air transfers to other ERO AORs for detention. SNA has in the past averaged 15 of the 32 available removal flights weekly to respond to the removal of detainees. Issues arising from an increase in fear claims from the detained population within the SNA AOR are addressed with the Houston Asylum office. Houston CIS has detailed teams of Asylum Officers to each facility within the SNA AOR to enhance support and reduce lag time of case interviews and processing. There are four defined phases of activity within the Migration Surge Plan, and indicator! trigger activity levels for each one. The phases are defined as follow: Phase I — Normal Operations Respond to OBP RGV, LRD, DRT and OF0 within the SNA AOR as per normal protocols. Detention space is available for operational needs. A defined percentage level of Detention Space Capacity usage is not required to quantify this level. (Per LESA current becispace level as of March 4, 2015 for SNA are 6,160.5 beds) 2016-1CF0 44468 41 of 47
  42. 42. • Leverage vacant ICE-ERO detention space within the AOR and in other U.S. locations as necessary as part of normal operations • Leverage aircraft to enhance removal capacit in SNA AOR within the JTF-W South Texas Corridor as necessary rcraft assigned to SNA for Removal and CONUS transfer missions) • HPI and GPI within the RGV to ensure removal of aliens as efficiently as possible • FAMU facilities in South Texas Family Residential Center and Karnes Residential Center (established late 2014 to address FAMU influx) • Assist OBP and OR) within the SNA AOR as necessary • Land transportation routes in effect for response to JTF-W Southwest CorrMor Phase 2— Initial Influx Initiate Phase 2 response once Detention Space Capacity in the Field Office AOR is at 94% over a five day average while daily apprehensions remain at or above a higher daily average than normal during this five day time frame, or as determined at the discretion of the FOD or appropriate designee. • Continue with Phase 1 Response • Increasingly Leverage vacant ICE-ERO detention space in other U.S. locations engaging ERO HQ for assistance • Expand additional bedspace within the SNA AOR to stage FAMU/UAC/A for removal foreign or transfer Conus • Leverage additional aircraft to enhance removal capacity in SNA AOR within the JTF-W South Texas Corridor as necessary • Engage JTF-W components to provide assistance as necessary Phase 3 — Major Influx Initiate Phase 3 response once Detention Space Capacity in the Field Office AOR is at 97% over a five day average while daily apprehensions remain at or above a higher daily average than normal during this five day time frame, or as determined at the discretion of the FOD or appropriate designee. • Continue with Phase 2 Response • Assign SNA ERO representative to manage coordination between resources and assistance to all JTF-W Corridor components Phase 4— Land Migration Surge Initiate Phase 4 once Detention Space Capacity in the Field Office AOR is at 99% over a five day average while daily apprehensions remain at or above a higher daily average than normal during this five day time frame, or as determined at the discretion of the FOD or appropriate designee. • Continue with Phase 3 Response 2016-1CF0 44468 42 of 47
  43. 43. • Engage ERO HQ and all ERO AORs for support of the Surge to entail detailed staffing to the AOR, resource realignment or bedspace shortfalls Phase 5 Return to Normal Operations A downward turn in usage of Detention Space Capacity is evident by numerical definition of percentages as described in Phases 2, 3, or 4; or at the determination of the FOD or appropriate designee. 2016-1CF0 44468 43 of 47
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  47. 47. FIELD OFFICE: SAN ANTONIO FIELD OFFICE JTF-W Tasking Instructions: Please complete the attached table with the following information: 1. Header — Enter name of Field Office. 2 Detention Space Capacity The Normal Operations Percentage of bed space utilized by the Field Office over a five-day period while apprehensions remain at their daily average. AORs must identify the percentage of increased detention capacity requirements for phases 2, 3, and 4. (List as a percentage). 3 Effective Repatriation Ability Inability to effective repatriate aliens to their country of origin due to exigent circumstances in the country of origin (e.g. — natural disaster such as earthquake, flooding, etc.), a sharp rise in credible fear claims in any specific nationality, or the inability to obtain sufficient travel document issuance for specific nationality due to limitations of consular staff or other concerns (narrative). 4. Staffing — Detail staffing requirements (additional personnel needed to handle each phase of the surge) to assist the AOR with increased operational requirements. (Narrative). 5 Transportation Requirements —Field Offices should also consider detainee transportation requirements that exceed their current capacity as an indicator that could trigger movement to a higher phase with additional needs for increased transportation resources. This would include transportation performed by ERO personnel or contractors (narrative, example, in phase 3 may require an additional 20 busses.). 2016-1CF0 44468 47 of 47

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