The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Friday announced it is scrapping fines for illegal immigrants who refuse to leave the U. S. as ordered, claiming they are ineffective and unnecessary.
DHS is rescinding two delegation orders, which gave Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) the power to collect fines from immigrants who do not follow orders of deportation. In a statement, the agency also said ICE is working with the Treasury to cancel existing debts already owed.
“There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens’ departure obligations,” DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in a statement. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures.”