The Department of Justice announced on Thursday that they are working to modernize the program helping to deport criminal illegal immigrants housed in Federal Correctional Facilities. The program referred to as the Department’s Institutional Hearing Program (IHP).
The improvements are being made to speed the deportation process for those incarcerated criminal aliens reducing the cost to taxpayers. The IHP will identify the removable criminals who are in federal correctional facilities providing in-person and video teleconference (VTC) immigration removal proceedings. Upon completion of their sentence, the illegal immigrant previously would be released to an ICE detention facility or into the community, now they will be deported. The time and resources are saved by bringing the immigration Judge to the inmate for determination of removability.
“We owe it to the American people to ensure that illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes and are serving time in our federal prisons are expeditiously removed from our country as the law requires,” said Attorney General Sessions. “This expansion and modernization of the Institutional Hearing Program gives us the tools to continue making Americans safe again in their communities.”
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