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Border Security/Migrant Smuggling


INL works with international partners to develop regional and national approaches to border and maritime security. INL designs, plans, and funds foreign assistance programs to address border security, cross-border crimes, maritime security, aviation security, migrant smuggling, and trafficking in persons, to include the provision of training, workshops, and technical support provided by other U.S. agencies and international organizations. INL assistance courses provide technical, legal, and managerial training to enhance the participating foreign officials’ ability to implement border security professionally and effectively.

In support of the U.S. National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime, and other national security strategies, he U.S. government is committed to support domestic and international efforts on deterring and preventing the flow of illegal migrants into the United States, including through an emphasis on disrupting and dismantling trafficking networks before illegal migrants reach the U.S.. In this regard, INL coordinates with and complements the activities of U.S. federal law enforcement agencies to disrupt and dismantle major migrant smuggling rings that operate both domestically and overseas in both source, transit and destination countries. INL provides a broad array of law enforcement training to partner countries on ways to combat migrant smuggling including training on interdiction and on how to prevent passport fraud. Other programs are designed to foster implementation of the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) Protocol against the Smuggling of Migrants, a key source of international standards in this area. INL works closely with partners such as DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA), the Organization of American States, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime, and INTERPOL to implement these programs. Because migrant smuggling ignores and exploits national borders, INL programs promote international cooperation between the United States and our partners.

A number of INL’s bilateral assistance programs incorporate border security elements, as well. Such support includes training and equipment for border forces, border infrastructure such as outposts and roads, and technical assistance.


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