Deportation is referred to the formal removal of a foreign national from the United States when he/she has been found removable for violating the immigration laws. An immigration judge orders deportation without any punishment being imposed or contemplated. Prior to April 1997 deportation and exclusion were separate removal procedures. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 consolidated these procedures. After April 1, 1997, foreign nationals in and admitted to the United States may be subject to removal based on deportability also known as Removal. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) enforces such orders.
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