President Joe Biden’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has stopped fining illegal aliens who refused to depart the United States.

DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas stated in an announcement on Friday, that the agency has stopped issuing fines to illegal aliens who refused to depart the U.S. despite stating previously that they would depart.

Former President Trump began requiring the federal government in 2018 to issue fines to illegal aliens who refused to depart the U.S.. 

The Trump administration started fining illegal aliens up to $500 every day they refused to depart the U.S. In some cases, illegal aliens racked up fines of close to $500,000 for violating federal immigration law, Breitbart News reported at the time.

Mayorkas said DHS has decided to end the use of fines on illegal aliens, claiming the policy is not effective in deterring illegal immigration. DHS stopped issuing the fines on January 20 but had not announced the policy change until Friday.

“There is no indication that these penalties promoted compliance with noncitizens’ departure obligations,” Mayorkas said in a statement. “We can enforce our immigration laws without resorting to ineffective and unnecessary punitive measures.”

Illegal aliens fined by the Trump administration will have their debt cancelled by the Treasury Department, a news release states:

After reviewing detailed data regarding the issuance of such fines since 2018, it was clear to Secretary Mayorkas and Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tae Johnson that the fines were not effective and had not meaningfully advanced the interests of the agency. ICE intends to work with the Department of Treasury to cancel the existing debts of those who had been fined. [Emphasis added]

Under current guidelines, DHS prevents about 9-in-10 deportations with “sanctuary country” orders that have resulted in a 70 percent drop in the number of criminal illegal aliens in federal custody and an 80 percent reduction in arrests of illegal aliens.

An Analysis conducted this month predicts that 1.2 million border crossers will be apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border this year, not including those illegal aliens who successfully crossed into the country. This would be a an extremely high level of illegal immigration not seen since the Great Recession.

Today, there are anywhere between 11 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the U.S., costing American taxpayers close to $134 billion every year.