The United States is probably the only country in the world where you can break the law and be rewarded for it....at least when Democrats are in charge anyway.
According to reports, President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will no longer fine illegal immigrants who refuse to leave the United States.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced on Friday that the agency will stop issuing fines to illegal aliens who previously stated that they would depart the Unites States but are now refusing.
Former President Trump, with the authority of the Immigration and Nationality Act, finally started requiring the federal government in 2018 to issue fines to illegal aliens who refused to depart the U.S. after the provision failed to be enforced for more than 20 years.
As Breitbart News reported at the time, the Trump administration started finingillegal aliens up to $500 every day they refused to depart the U.S. In some cases, illegal aliens racked up fines of close to $500,000 for violating federal immigration law.
Mayorkas, in a statement, said DHS has rescinded the use of fines on illegal aliens, claiming the authorized policy is not effective in deterring illegal immigration. DHS stopped issuing the fines on January 20 but had not announced the policy change until Friday.
“There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens’ departure obligations,” Mayorkas said. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures.”
In addition, illegal aliens fined by the Trump administration will have their debt cancelled by the Treasury Department, a news release states:
After reviewing detailed data regarding the issuance of such fines since 2018, it was clear to Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tae Johnson that the fines were not effective and had not meaningfully advanced the interests of the agency. ICE intends to work with the Department of Treasury to cancel the existing debts of those who had been fined. [Emphasis added]
Like I said, break the law and get rewarded.
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