US to Expand Rapid Deportation Nationwide With Sweeping New Rule

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle parks near the border fence between Mexico and U.S. as seen from Tijuana, Mexico July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle parks near the border fence between Mexico and U.S. as seen from Tijuana, Mexico July 22, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday it will order more speedy deportations of immigrants who crossed illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States, expanding a program typically applied only along the southern border with Mexico.

The rule set to be published in the Federal Register on Tuesday would apply “expedited removal” to any illegal crossers who cannot prove to immigration agents that they have been living in the country for two years.

Legal experts said it was a dramatic expansion of a program that cuts out review by an immigration judge. Previously, only those immigrants caught within 100 miles of the border who had been in the country two weeks or less could be quickly ordered deported.

President Donald Trump has struggled to stem an increase of mostly Central American families arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, leading to overcrowded detention facilities and a political battle over a growing humanitarian crisis.

The government said increasing rapid deportations would free up detention space and ease strains on immigration courts, which face a backlog of more than 900,000 cases.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has filed suit to block numerous Trump immigration policies in court, vowed to sue.

“Under this unlawful plan, immigrants who have lived here for years would be deported with less due process than people get in traffic court,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project.

The policy will create chaos and fear in immigrant communities, and could have unintended consequences, said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School.

“U.S. citizens could be expeditiously removed by error,” he said. “You don’t have a lot of room to challenge that. You can’t go before an immigration judge.”

The policy comes after a U.S. Court of Appeals in California in March ruled that those ordered deported in the sped-up process have a right to take their case to a judge.

DHS said 37%, or 20,570, of those encountered by Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the year to September had been in the country less than two years.

If individuals in expedited removal cannot establish a “credible fear” of prosecution in their home country, they can be quickly deported. In fiscal 2018, those in these sped-up proceedings were detained for an average of 11.4 days, according to DHS, compared to 51.5 days for those in full proceedings.

Many immigrants in deportation proceedings are released and allowed to live in the United States for the months and years it takes to decide their immigration cases.

(Reporting by Tom Hals in Wilmington, Delaware and Mica Rosenberg in New York; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Jay d
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Jay d

Why are we giving them so many comforts. They have air conditioning, roofs, bathrooms, clean running water, beds, blankets, food and snacks, medications, doctors, and more. We have so many homeless people in this country that don’t get that good of treatment from our government. So what if it’s a little cramped. We need to just clear out some space in some fields and put up some big ass fences with a lot of barbed wire and give them tents and sleeping bags. That is all they need until their cases are heard and they are deported back to mexico.… Read more »

Patty Dougherty
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Patty Dougherty

Pick them up and send them back. How about some of these agencies fight for the Americans that are here and on the streets!!! The families that can’t afford housing because an illegal took the parents jobs for less money.

Dave Hardesty
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Red herring. If you are a citizen and can’t prove you have lived here for two years you should be deported of for no other reason than your dumber than a box of rocks. Only a child or infant would have trouble doing that.

Sandra Jenkins
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He should build more detention centers on the border with one concrete or steel side right on the border and chain link on the other three sides. When and if they are no longer needed you can just take down the chain link and ta da you have a border fence.

Tiffany
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Ah, the ACLU! The organization that is funded by left wingers like George Soros. The organization that advocates for pedophiles and the like and the removal of all things Christian from an public sphere. And the call themselves the “American Civil Liberties Union”? I have yet to see them fight for anything that doesn’t fall under far left agenda. I’m not sure how non citizens even qualify for support from an American Civil organization.

William Conley
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William Conley

Yes let’s tell them what we’re doing so they can prepare a counter for it why do these people even get a day in our country. They entered illegally I don’t care what the reason was or how it was where they came from or if they would be punished or killed if they returned to their country of origin. Fix your own damn country stop running away from the problem and not only expecting but demanding we take care of you and your damn problems.

Patti Harrison
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Just simply implement the plan, please do not talk about it, that way illegal aliens and their protectors are going to be ready for you! Always keep the illegals on their toes!! Maybe they will soon get tired and then go home!!!

william jackson
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Stop talking about “the plan”. Stop broadcasting the plan thereby allowing the enemy to prepare. Isn’t that exactly what Barry was criticized for? Yes! Stop talking about the plan—-start executing the plan!

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