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AILA Doc. No. 21111161 | Dated November 5, 2021 | File Size: 975 KDownload the Document
AILA, the Council, and partner organizations sent a letter to ICE regarding "Operation Horizon"— its plan to mail Notices to Appear (NTA) to individuals released from the border.
The letter expressed concern that the plan could lead to a significant number of individuals wrongfully ordered removed “in absentia” if they do not receive the NTA and subsequently miss a hearing before an immigration judge, especially if they are not represented by an attorney. The organizations urged ICE to reconsider the plan and explore alternative means for contacting individuals issued Notices to Report (NTR), such as calling any phone number provided by the individual first, sending a new NTR prior to the issuance of an NTA, or working with local community stakeholders on outreach to individuals issued NTRs. In the case that ICE does go forward with Operation Horizon, the letter recommended steps the agency should take to ensure that individuals who do not receive proper notice of their hearing are not ordered removed "in absentia".
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