“There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens’ departure obligations,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement on Saturday. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures.”
“The fines were not effective and had not meaningfully advanced the interests of the agency, and ICE intends to work with the Department of Treasury to cancel the existing debts of those who had been fined.”
The rescission marks ICE’s latest move toward focusing its limited resources on those posing the greatest risk to national security and public safety in accordance with the current guidance on civil immigration enforcement and removal priorities, which Acting Director Johnson issued on Feb. 18, 2021.
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