U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. ICE agents said the immigrant, a legal resident with a Green Card, was a convicted criminal and member of the Alabama Street Gang in the Canoga Park area. ICE builds deportation cases against thousands of immigrants living in the United States. Green Card holders are also vulnerable to deportation if convicted of certain crimes. The number of ICE detentions and deportations from California has dropped since the state passed the Trust Act in October 2013, which set limits on California state law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration authorities. John Moore/Getty Images.
Feds Identify Countries That Don’t Cooperate With Deportations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has identified 12 countries that are uncooperative with deportations and 47 countries which are at risk of non-compliance, according to a government document obtained Tuesday by The Daily Caller.
This represents some progress as there used to be 23 countries that were uncooperative and 55 countries that were at at risk of non-compliance. The 12 nations that either systematically refuse or delay the acceptance of deportees are: Burma, Cambodia, China, Cuba, Eritrea, Guinea, Hong Kong, Iran, Laos, Morocco, South Sudan and Vietnam.
MESA, AZ – FEBRUARY 28: A Honduran immigration detainee boards a deportation flight to San Pedro Sula, Honduras on February 28, 2013 in Mesa, Arizona. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), operates 4-5 flights per week from Mesa to Central America, deporting hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained in western states of the U.S. With the possibility of federal budget sequestration, ICE released 303 immigration detainees in the last week from detention centers throughout Arizona. More than 2,000 immigration detainees remain in ICE custody in the state. Most detainees typically remain in custody for several weeks before they are deported to their home country, while others remain for longer periods while their immigration cases work through the courts. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
Current law allows the U.S. to refuse to issue visas to these nations, according to a recent report from The Washington Times. The White House has also been in talks with Congress to pass legislation that would impose sanctions upon these recalcitrant nations. (RELATED: White House Collaborates With Congress On Tough Immigration Bill)