Trump continues to “Make America Great Again”…
The change casts a wider net of undocumented immigrants under the fast-track deportation procedure known as “accelerated removal,” allowing immigration officials to remove a person without a hearing before an immigration judge.
In doing so, more latitude would be given to the administration in rapidly deporting undocumented immigrants.
Previously, the procedure was applied to undocumented immigrants caught within 100 miles of a land border and within 14 days of arrival.
The notice, submitted to the Federal Register, dramatically shifted the designation of expedited removal to include nationwide undocumented immigrants who have been in the nation for two years continually. Therefore, it would apply to thousands more people who have recently arrived in the United States and are living around the country.
As of June, according to information from Customs and Border Protection, Border Patrol has detained approximately 700,000 migrants illegally crossing the border this fiscal year.
The administration’s recent move to crack down on illegal immigration comes from a 2017 Department of Homeland Security memo by then-Secretary John Kelly that included expanding rapid removal as part of the President’s “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policy.”
The American Civil Liberties Union said it was going to challenge the plan in court.
“Under this unlawful plan, immigrants who have lived here for years would be deported with less due process than people get in traffic court. We will sue to end this policy quickly,” stated Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.