ICE arrests 154 illegal immigrants who failed to self-deport

One guy twenty years ago promised he would leave the country—he is still avoiding deportation.  ICE has him under arrest along with 153 others that promised to leave.  My question is this:  these are law breakers, why do we take their word for anything?  When ordered to be deported, deport.  Stop the pretense government is protecting us and following the law.

“ICE this month rounded up 154 illegal immigrants who’d promised the government they would self-deport within a few months but turned around and defied that promise.

One had been defying his promise for more than 20 years, said Tony Pham, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Of those nabbed, 133 not only broke their promise to leave, but also had criminal records such as domestic violence charges Mr. Pham said.

How many more victims of these illegal aliens are there?  Why do we protect criminals, while locking up, in our homes, innocent people?  Worse, we get to pay the cost of the crime and law breaking.  Enough is enough.

ICE arrests 154 illegal immigrants who failed to self-deport

By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times, 11/19/20    

ICE this month rounded up 154 illegal immigrants who’d promised the government they would self-deport within a few months but turned around and defied that promise.

One had been defying his promise for more than 20 years, said Tony Pham, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Of those nabbed, 133 not only broke their promise to leave, but also had criminal records such as domestic violence charges Mr. Pham said.

“ICE deployed officers across the country in search of undocumented aliens who broke their promise to the United States and the immigration courts,” Mr. Pham said.

He said the goal was to send a message to “thousands” of others who are still defying their promise that ICE hasn’t forgotten about them, and may go looking for them.

Operation Broken Promise, as ICE dubbed the effort, targeted people who had been granted “voluntary departure.” That’s an alternative to deportation, and it can help someone avoid the serious consequences that come with a formal removal, such as an abrupt ouster and a long-time bar on attempting to reenter legally.

Under voluntary departure, migrants agree that in order not to be formally removed, they will leave the country by a certain time, usually 60 or 120 days. The additional time gives them a chance to get their affairs in order.

But many end up defying their pledges, hoping to disappear back into the shadows.

Failing to depart the country can earn a fine and an automatic 10-year bar on being able to petition to come back legally.

The 154 migrants were spread across the country.

The number was lower than the “more than 170” ICE had teased ahead of Mr. Pham‘s press conference.

One immigrant-rights group complained Wednesday, in advance of the announcement, that ICE’s operation was a “last-ditch effort to drive up deportations” before the end of the Trump administration.

“Despite claims of focusing on “public safety” concerns during the pandemic, ICE’s new operation targets minor offenders, not dangerous criminals,” said Immigrants’ List.

Immigration activists argue that simply being in the country illegally shouldn’t be a reason to be deported.

Mr. Pham, though, said the vast majority of targets in this operation also had criminal records.

And he said there’s a value to making illegal immigrants abide by their promises.

He compared it to a judge in a criminal or traffic court whose orders were being defied. He said that judge would issue a contempt citation to force compliance.

In the immigration context, he said, that means making migrants follow through on their deportation promises.

It’s not clear whether this sort of operation will happen in the future.

Presumptive President-elect Joseph R. Biden has vowed to block deportations during his initial days in office, and has promised to revise ICE’s priorities for who gets ousted.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. They did not self deport. How many of them voted?

    How many were sent ballots because the have driver licenses? Remember you get a ballot if you have a driver license even if it states on the license you are not legal in the State.

    Side note to the article. Biden has stated he will reverse Trump’s immigration policies, stop the building of the wall and reinstate “catch and release.” A caravan of illegals has already formed in southern Mexico for the day Biden is sworn in. The flood and impacts on health services, welfare services, schools that has subsided will be back with a vengance.

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