LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 14: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detained an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
UPDATED 6:40 PM PT – Saturday, April 24, 2021
ICE will no longer be issuing fines to illegal immigrants who have failed to leave the U.S.
According to DHS officials on Friday, the agency is rescinding two delegation orders related to collecting fines.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said immigration laws can be enforced without resorting to “unnecessary, ineffective and punitive measures.”
WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 1: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas spoke during the daily press briefing at the White House on March 1, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Mayorkas added ICE is also working with the Department of Treasury to cancel existing debts.
ICE stopped issuing the fines on January 20 and the number of ICE arrests has sunk 65 percent since Biden took office, as he continues to ignore the growing border crisis.