DHS to Expand Rapid Deportations Across the Country

Like many other things, this is sure to cause a fight.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday that it will ramp up fast deportations of immigrants who crossed the border illegally and are caught anywhere in the United States.  The program, called Rapid Deportation, has only been used within 100 miles of the Southern border up to this point.

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.

The program cuts out a review by an immigration judge and DHS claims it will dramatically reduce crowding in detention facilities because the process takes 11.4 days to complete whereas those who receive full proceedings stay in detention for more than 50 days.

Currently the government’s immigration courts 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.

Omar Jadwat, director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, said:

“Under this unlawful plan, immigrants who have lived here for years would be deported with less due process than people get in traffic court.”

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.

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