Immigration officials have plans to begin the deportation of approximately 1 million illegal immigrants who have already received legal instructions to leave.
Immigration and Customs officials are back hundreds of thousands of deportations behind the schedule Director Ken Cuccinelli said Sunday. It is expected that ICE will begin processing the residue later this week.
ICE is required to "detain, detain and then deport around 1 million people with final removal orders," Cuccinelli told CBS Nation hostess Margaret Brennan. Cuccinelli was on the program to defend the ICE deportations, which criticized opponents as inhumane raids against immigrant families.
"[These migrants] have gone through the whole process and have definite deportation orders," said Cuccinelli. "The pool of those with definitive removal orders is enormous."
The upcoming ICE Summaries will not target all illegal immigrants with deportation orders. It is expected that the summaries will start with a few thousand migrants.
ICE was supposed to expose immigrants with court orders on an ongoing basis, but the agency was discontinued.
"[ICE officers] were effectively disturbed and, to some extent, hampered by Washington's policies, and they look forward to resuming their work," said Cuccinelli.