It seems that getting a deportation order is only the first step in ejecting someone from the country.
The second is finding a country to take the deportee. Usually, of course, that is the person’s homeland. But Jacques arrived in the U.S. without a passport or other documents, and Haiti rejected three requests that it issue him travel papers for his return.
Without a country to send him to, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was forced to free Jacques. The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2001 Zadvydas v. Davis decision bars the government from detaining a person for more than six months.