U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) continues to bring American citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) back to the United States during the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. ICE is coordinating with the U.S. State Department to bring those individuals back to the United States on the return leg of removal flights to Central and South America. The agency has returned more than 1,000 individuals back to the United States.
"The unprecedented global challenge resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic affected a great number of Americans abroad. Many Americans found themselves stranded outside of the United States with very limited options available to return," ICE Deputy Director and Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director Matthew T. Albence said in a statement. "As an agency devoted to the safety of the American public, it is an honor to be part of the solution. I am grateful for the men and women of ICE who continue to work closely with our partners to bring our citizens home."