ICE still may track volunteers for deportationPosted: Updated:
WASHINGTON -- Some new information about that self-deport program unveiled yesterday by the Bush administration.
Starting next Tuesday, illegal immigrants who have deportation orders and haven't committed crimes can show up at ICE offices and arrange to leave the country. The offer will only be available through August 22nd in Phoenix and four other cities.
Those who take the government up on the offer will have up to 90 days to take care of personal affairs before leaving.
But Immigration and Customs Enforcement said today that those folks may have to wear tracking devices or check in at offices until they go.
Volunteers might get help with flights or bus rides home if they can't afford the travel. But ICE says laws prohibiting people who've been in the country illegally from returning legally for 5 to 20 years would still apply.
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