The number of recalcitrant countries has dropped from 20 to 12 since the presidential election last November. The number of countries who are “at risk of non-compliance” has also decreased from 55 to 47 countries.
The decline is said to be a result of Trump’s January 25 Enhancing Interior Enforcement executive order, which ordered visas suspended from countries that refused to take back their citizens. When a country refuses to take their nationals back, they are often released back the American communities. This is because the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can only hold illegal aliens for a given amount of time.
Here is the full list:
Countries At Risk of Non-Compliance:
British Virgin Islands
Our Verdict: ICE has moved to a more formal process in identifying recalcitrant countries. In the past the list was based on the sense of state of the country. Now ICE conducts a review of each country through looking at certain metrics, including how long it takes to issue travel documents, and whether the country will conduct identity interviews to facilitate deportation.