America Deports Illegal Migrants Back To Home Country

On Wednesday, the Department of Homeland Security started deporting illegal immigrants who came from Venezuela back to their home country.

The first flight had 127 Venezuelan nationals in it, all of whom didn’t have a legal basis to stay in the United States any longer.

DHS announced earlier in October that the deportations would resume, in a reaffirmation of the commitment it made to enforce all immigration laws while also stepping up the consequences for anyone who comes into America illegally.

DHS made that announcement following an agreement between officials in Venezuela and the U.S., where Venezuela agreed to accept the return of their citizens. It also came after U.S. officials met with their counterparts from Panama, Colombia and Mexico in Mexico City.

The discussions included key immigration officials such as Liz Sherwood-Randall, an advisor to Homeland Security; Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of Homeland Security, and Antony Blinken, the U.S. secretary of state.

The talks centered on migration issues that the U.S. and other countries in the West have been experiencing.

The first flight of migrants back to Venezuela was carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency told Fox News recently that in addition to the 127 Venezuelan nationals who were on that first flight, there would be more similar flights coming in the future.

ICE issued a press release this week that said this chartered flight was just part of the routine removals that ICE would carry out in the U.S., and that other western countries would begin carrying out as well.

DHA reportedly deported more than 300,000 migrants out of the United States between the beginning of May and October 11 of this year.

In the release, ICE officials said:

“In keeping with standard practice, the United States ensures that all noncitizens, including Venezuelan nationals without a legal basis to remain in the United States, are properly screened for valid protection claims and withholding of removal in accordance with our laws and U.S. international obligations.

“This applies to all noncitizens regardless of nationality to ensure the orderly and humane processing, transfer and removal of single adults and family units.”

Before they’re removed from the U.S., all noncitizens go through a removal proceeding. At that time, they’re able to present any claims they have for protection or relief from being deported.
ICE said that these proceedings take place in immigration courts in front of judges.

All air operations that ICE conducts are chartered in partnership with commercial airlines. In 2022, ICE carried out more than 72,000 deportations to more than 150 countries across the world.
Immigration has been a major problem in the U.S. for quite some time, but it’s come into focus ever since President Joe Biden entered the White House in 2021. A significant surge in migrants came to the southern border due in no small part to the Biden administration’s lax immigration policies, especially considering to that of the Trump administration.