Four countries that are refusing to cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security on deportations will face the wrath of the Trump administration if they don’t fall in line, according to Department of Homeland Security officials who confirmed to Fox News that letters have been sent to the State Department seeking the suspension of visas for some of those countries’ citizens.
According to one State Department official, “When we receive such notification, the Department of State works to implement a visa suspension as expeditiously as possible in the manner the secretary determines most appropriate under the circumstances to achieve the desired goal.”
The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security can sanction countries that do not cooperate with removals, but that punishment authority has only been implemented twice since 2000: The United States stopped issuing visas to government officials and their families in Guinea and Gambia.
Department of Homeland Security spokesman David Lapan said that, in some cases, the DHS has no choice but to release some convicted criminals who served prison time but could not be returned to their home country because the home country refused to cooperate.
Lapan declined to specify which nations will be affected by the visa suspensions, but CNN cited a Department of Homeland Security official close to discussions about the deliberations as saying on Wednesday that the four under consideration are Cambodia, Eritrea, Guinea and Sierra Leone.
“The secretary [of State] is having conversations with those countries. We want to bring those countries into compliance. We want those countries to be able to take back their citizens,” a State Department official said. “We are having different levels of conversations with those countries and imposing different things upon them based on what we think will work best with those countries.”
“We have tens of thousands of individuals,” Lapan confirmed.
The Department of Homeland Security has said that it has final deportation orders against 35,000 Cuban citizens with criminal histories that Cuba refuses to accept.
The decision to crack down on countries who are not accepting their citizens is what Donald J. Trump promised when running for president. Dennis Michael Lynch, CEO of DML NEWS, commented on the decision to crack down on the nations who are rejecting the scheduled deportees. “President Trump is slowly but surely using the laws on the books to make American great again. I have said it for years, there are so many things that can be done that do not require new legislation, and that do not require a vote in Congress. This is one of those measures.”
Last week, a new report released by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review reveals a tremendous increase in deportation orders during the first six months of the Trump administration.
The new statistics on deportations cover the period from February 1, 2017, through July 31, 2017, and confirm an increase of 30.9 percent over the same time period last year for total orders of removal and voluntary departures combined.
A total of 57,069 illegal aliens reportedly left the U.S. during the past six months, compared to 43,595 who were removed or voluntarily left during the same period in 2016.
To ramp up deportations, the Trump administration took over one hundred existing immigration judges and sent them to Homeland Security detention facilities across the country, resulting in illegal aliens being ordered removed in over 90 percent of the cases.
Additionally, the report notes that the Justice Department has hired an additional 54 new immigration judges since President Trump took office, and continues to hire more each month, in order to handle the backload of immigration cases.
“In addition to carrying out the President’s Executive Order, the Justice Department is also reviewing internal practices, procedures, and technology in order to identify ways in which it can further enhance Immigration Judges’ productivity without compromising due process,” the report stated.
Total deportation statistics for the period Feb. 1, 2017 – July 31, 2017, were reported as follows:
- Total Orders of Removal : 49,983
- Up 27.8 percent over the same time period in 2016 (39,113)
- Total Orders of Removal and Voluntary Departures : 57,069
- Up 30.9 percent over the same time period in 2016 (43,595)
- Total Final Decisions : 73,127
- Up 14.5 percent over the same time period in 2016 (63,850)
Not included in this report, however, are the massive numbers of illegal aliens who are self-deporting to Canada since President Trump took office – the majority of which are Haitians who came to the United States through Mexico.
Now, fearful of President Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration, they are pouring across the northern border and seeking asylum in Canada. According to a recent report, as many as 150 illegal aliens per day are streaming across the Canadian border.