That’s gonna leave a mark!
Anyone got a spare $500K lying around to pay a fine to the government?
Then you might just have to head on out of here!
As Semi Sonic said, “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.” 🎶
You gotta love President Trump, one way or another, he will get his way and it looks like MASSIVE fines might be his new tool in his toolbelt:
Here's what The Hillreported:
The Trump administration is considering imposing fines up to $500,000 for immigrants who have been ordered to leave the U.S., NPR reportedTuesday.
NPR obtained a batch of notices sent by the Department of Homeland Security to targeted individuals ordering them to pay fines for "failing to depart the U.S. as previously agreed."
"It is the intention of ICE to order you pay a fine in the amount of $497,777," U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer Lisa Hoechst wrote to Edith Espinal Moreno in a letter dated June 25, 2019, obtained by NPR from Moreno's lawyers.
The letter comes as President Trumpplans to step up ICE raids to deport illegal immigrants after the Fourth of July.
In 2017, Trump signed an executive order that promised the government would begin collection of "all fines and penalties that the Secretary is authorized under the law to assess and collect from aliens unlawfully present in the United States."
According to the Immigration and Nationality Act, ICE can impose fines "on aliens who have been ordered removed or granted voluntary departure and fail to depart the United States."
It states fines of no more than $500 for each day the person is in violation of this section.
Experts told NPR that they have never heard of that code being used in the way it is in the notices sent to immigrants.
Leon Fresco, who served as deputy assistant attorney general for the Office of Immigration Litigation under former President Obama, told NPR he could not recall a time when such high fines were used during the previous administration.
"It's a vivid illustration of the lengths the Trump administration will go to use any available authority to try to enforce immigration law," Fresco said. "I have not seen a $300,000 fine for failing to facilitate one's own removal."
Espinal's attorney, Lizbeth Mateo, said she started laughing when she saw the letter.