ICE Using Return Deportation Flights to Bring Stranded Americans Home

U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) is helping American citizens who are stranded abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The federal law enforcement agency, which deports illegal aliens by flying them back to their home countries, is using the return flights to repatriate Americans.


“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), working with the U.S. Department of State, has brought home a total of 209 United States citizens on the return leg of two removal flights via ICE Air Operations,” a Wednesday press release said. “U.S. citizens occupied the Space Available seats on flights to the United States from Honduras and El Salvador.”

That day, ICE was deporting illegal aliens from Honduras who had been issued final orders of removal from the United States.

Thursday, ICE continued to work with the State Department, again repatriating Americans stranded in Honduras. That operation netted 64 United States citizens, all of whom were returned safely.

Last week, the State Department issued a Level Four Travel Advisory, telling Americans not to leave the country in case their destination is a country that grounds all flights due to the pandemic. The federal government also instructed Americans abroad to return to the United States immediately, or prepare to stay abroad for an extended period of time.

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