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ICE sent warning notices this week to seven illegal immigrants living in sanctuary at American churches, telling them to check in or face fines that could reach well into the six figures, The Washington Times has learned, as the agency ramps up its pressure on people living in the U.S. in defiance of deportation orders.
The warnings are a do-over after an earlier attempt to impose fines on the sanctuary migrants have to be rescinded, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement realized it may have missed a procedural step.
The article goes on to state the following:
But ICE says those high-profile sanctuary cases, which garnered headlines over the summer, are just the tip of the iceberg. Altogether some 230 other illegal immigrants have been slapped with fines as part of a new effort to use financial penalties to force people to deport when they’re told to.
Henry Lucero, ICE’s deputy chief of Enforcement and Removal Operations, released a statement that said, “ICE wants to make it clear that we’re employing every tool we have to urge compliance with judges’ orders. The use of fines will be seen more in the future.”
Illegal aliens can be fined $799 for every day they defy deportation orders and remain in the country after their deportation date.
The law has been in place for decades, but has been ignored by previous administrations. However, President Trump signed an executive order which allows ICE to search for tools to help reduce the number of illegal aliens living in the US who refuse to abide their court ordered removal.
An estimated 230 fine notices have been issued since they began to go out last year.
EXCLUSIVE: ICE moves to revive six-figure fines against illegal immigrants living in sanctuary https://t.co/C5y1XzGcUP
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) December 7, 2019
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