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Posted on: July 19th, 2019
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Trump Administration Imposes Hefty Fines on Immigrant Overstays

According to reports, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun sending out notices of fines of up to hundreds of thousands of dollars to immigrants in the United States without authorization for violations including “failing to depart the U.S. as previously agreed.”

The notices follow an executive order issued on January 25, 2017, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” which calls for, among other things, “the assessment and 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 and from those who facilitate their presence in the United States.”

Details: Executive Order, https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-orderenhancing-public-safety-interior-united-states/; news reports, https://www.npr.org/2019/07/02/738059913/trump-administration-sends-out-notices-of-500-000-fines-for-those-in-u-s-illegal, https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2019-07-02/report-trump-administration-notifies-immigrants-of-500-000-fines, https://wapo.st/2XNIntm.

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U.S. Recognizes Extension of Venezuelan Passport Validity

The Department of State (DOS) released a statement recognizing an extension of Venezuelan passport validity for an additional five years past the printed date of expiration, for visa issuance and other consular purposes.

DOS noted that U.S. Customs and the Border Patrol will likewise recognize the passports covered by a decree signed by Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido on May 21, 2019, and published by the National Assembly.

Details: DOS statement, https://www.state.gov/the-united-states-supports-extension-of-validityfor-venezuelan-passports/

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