Several active shooter incidents have taken place in the first quarter of 2023, from the tragic Lunar New Year shooting in Monterey Park, California to the February 16 Cielo Vista Mall shooting in El Paso, Texas. In the El Paso event, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations (AMO) responded to the scene to deliver a coordinated response with local police. Federal agencies supporting law enforcement on the ground in active shooter incidents is common; in fact, AMO teams have responded to 12 active shooter incidents since the beginning of fiscal year 23 to date.
Very recent Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data compiled by Syracuse University reveals that there were 20,892 individuals housed in ICE detention as of January 15, 2023. Currently, ICE detains undocumented migrant individuals in over 200 detention centers throughout the United States, including privatized facilities, state and local jails, juvenile detention centers and shelters.