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AILA Quicktake #271: DHS Announces the Expansion of Expedited Removal
AILA Associate Director of Government Relations Kate Voigt discusses DHS's announcement about a new policy, effective 7/23/19, to dramatically expand expedited removal, which will ramp up ICE's power everywhere in the United States, subjecting hundreds of thousands of people to rapid deportation.
Today, DHS Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan announced a new policy that will dramatically
expand expedited removal to apply throughout the United States to anyone who has been in
the U.S. for less than two years and who has not been admitted or paroled into the U.S.
Currently, expedited removal can only be applied to individuals who have been in the country
less than 14 days who are apprehended within 100 miles of the U.S. border,
which is already a large part of the country.
The new policy will take effect on July 23, 2019.
Expedited removal gives unilateral authority to immigration officers to deport
someone from this country, enabling the officer to bypass
the immigration court system entirely and effectuate a removal.
The use of expedited removal has expanded since it was created in 1996.
Today, more than 80% of all removals are done
without the person ever getting a fair day in court.
Now, DHS seeks to apply that power nationwide,
subjecting hundreds of thousands of people to rapid deportation.
The administration’s answer to the humanitarian situation
at our southern border should be to improve the immigration court system
which is buckling under a backlog of 900,000 cases
and is being stripped of its own authority to control its docket.
Instead DHS is eliminating the judges from the process altogether.
That is not the kind of due process envisioned in the Constitution.
DHS is also attempting to implement this massive power grab
without any transparency or public accountability.
The new policy will be published and effective without giving the public
a meaningful opportunity to comment on it.
Needless to say, AILA will be pushing back against this unjustifiable expansion of power.
And luckily, our close allies at the American Immigration Council
are already planning to file a lawsuit.
Stay tuned for more information on how you can join the fight.
- AILA Press Release: DHS Attempts Massive Expansion of Unilateral Deportation Power - July 22, 2019
- Practice Alert: Trump Administration Expands Application of Expedited Removal