Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is no longer charging illegal aliens hundreds of thousands of dollars for refusing to leave the United States, according to a letter sent to immigrant families.
ICE — the agency tasked with carrying out immigration enforcement, including the deportation of illegal aliens — began mailing high-dollar fines in June to numerous foreign nationals who repeatedly ignored orders to leave the country, according to letters made public. One of the fines neared half a million dollars. However, in recent letters to these same illegal aliens, the agency said those fines have been retracted.
An immigration judge told Edith Espinal Moreno, for example, to leave the country over two years ago. Instead of following the court’s ruling, Espinal has chosen to remain in a local church in Ohio with her children. The Mexican national received a letter from ICE in June, informing her that she owes the government a total of $497,777. . .
“Following consideration of matters you forwarded for ICE review, and in the exercise of the its discretion under applicable regulations, ICE hereby withdraws the Notice of Intention to Fine,” ICE officer Lisa Hoechst wrote to Espinal in the letter, according to NPR.
Numerous other letters were doled out to illegal aliens who had been previously slapped with fines. Grassroots Leadership, a left-wing organization, published an Oct. 17 letter given to Hilda Ramirez-Mendez, notifying her that she no longer owed the agency money. (Read more from “ICE Drops a Half-Million-Dollar Charge on Illegal Alien Who’s Refusing to Leave the U.S.” HERE)