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October 22, 2020

ICE plans to target undocumented immigrants who didn't voluntarily leave the US
By Priscilla Alvarez

Generally, people residing in the US illegally can opt to leave the US under what's known as "voluntary departure" by a specified date and avoid the consequences that come with deportation, like arrest and detention as well as some bars on re-entry. The latest operation intends to target those who said they'd leave the US by a certain date but did not. "Unfortunately, over the years, thousands of aliens have accepted the benefit of VD without fulfilling their promise to the Government—failing to timely depart the United States," the memo says. It also notes that people with criminal convictions will be prioritized. In fiscal year 2020, 16,451 immigrants were granted voluntary departure by an immigration judge, according to Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, which tracks immigration court data.

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