New Data Sheds Light on What Happens to People Found Inadmissible at U.S. Ports of Entry
(09 Aug 2022) People arriving at each of the more than 300 U.S. ports of entry must be inspected by Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers employed by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) before being allowed into the country. As a result of this inspection, over the past decade CBP officers working at ports of entry have determined over 3 million times that individuals before them were “inadmissible” because they lacked the proper authorization to enter the country.

The number of inadmissibles has varied across time, including a sharp decline as soon as President Trump assumed office in January of 2017, a drop-off after the pandemic hit and when Title 42 expulsions began, and a recent peak of 54,212 inadmissibles in April of this year. Most people found inadmissible were adults. However, there were 418,000 individuals who were part of a family unit and an additional 98,000 who were unaccompanied minors. Canadian and Mexican nationals made up a large percent of people found inadmissible, but citizens from the Philippines and from Cuba also rank towards the top.

The consequences of being found inadmissible were shaped by nationality. Canadians and Mexicans made up a large percent of those allowed to voluntarily withdraw. However, Canadians made up a smaller percent of people who were formally ordered deported while Mexicans made up the largest percent of those cases followed by nationals from Columbia, Guatemala, Haiti, and Venezuela. Others were turned away for other reasons without penalization, including 73,000 individuals who were immediately expelled under Title 42 from ports of entry.

Over the last decade, excluding crew members, slightly more than half (53%) stopped as inadmissible were ultimately allowed to enter the country. This generally occurs for one of three primary reasons. The most common way for someone who is inadmissible at a port of entry to enter the United States is through what is called “parole”. Parole is often granted for humanitarian or public policy reasons. While not formally admitted, these individuals were allowed to enter and temporarily remain in the U.S.

For a long time, Cubans tended to be the majority of those paroled into the country. After Cubans, Mexicans and Canadians are the next largest groups of parolees. In fourth and fifth place, close behind Canadians numerically are inadmissibles from Ukraine and India.

Accompanying this report is the release of a brand new TRAC free web query tool which allows the public to drill more deeply into these results covering October 2011 through June 2022. Details are available on the inadmissibles from each of 240 different countries, along with their age and gender. When individuals arrive as part of a family group or as an unaccompanied juvenile is identified, along with who claimed credible fear or reasonable fear.

The specific reason individuals are stopped as inadmissible are included from CBP’s complete list of ~70 reasons used. The corresponding equally detailed reasons for the OFO officer’s decision on how each individual should be then handled (“disposed of”) that provide the justification for turning them away, or letting them into the country, is available.

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