How the Trump administration’s expedited removal proceedings impact immigrant communities

MANHATTAN, NY — Growing concerns among hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants as the new directive from the Trump administration takes effect, and the acting Immigration and Customs border director Matthew Albence vows that the recent arrests are just the beginning.

As regard to going forward, I guarantee there are 40-50,000 family units out there now with final orders of removal, subject to enforcement action at any time. We’re going to continue to pursue those cases.”

Albence during a media conference call yesterday gave statistics on recent ICE operations. He told reporters that 899 have been arrested from May 13 to July 11, all were convicted criminals or had pending criminal charges.

Albence also said there about one million people with final orders of removal. And with the expansion of the expedited removal policy which took effect on Tuesday, about 300,000 could be subject to immediate deportation.

“When you’re under expedited removal, you’re subject to detention until you’re removed. You cannot even prove that you have family here, you have a valid claim to stay here because the person who decides whether or not you should be removed is the immigration officer. Nobody is allowed to check him… that immigration officer is the prosecutor and the judge,” said Cris Godinez.

Started on Tuesday, ICE is now allowed to expedite removal process for any undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. within the past two years without allowing them to appear before immigration judges.

The expedited removal policy first passed in 1996, signed by President Bill Clinton. Expansions to the rule were made under the Obama administration. The change then included immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants arrested within 14 days of arrival and caught within 100 miles of a U.S. land border.

This new directive extends to anyone caught anywhere in the United States.

“All we’re doing now is moving forward utilizing the statute the way Congress intended it to be used.”

But immigrant advocates are concerned that agents will use the new authority to detain even those who can’t prove that they’ve been in the country for more than two years.

“The expedited removal policy first passed in 1996, signed by President Bill Clinton. Expansions to the rule were made under the Obama Administration.  The change then included immediate deportation of undocumented immigrants arrested within 14 days of arrival and caught within 100 miles of a U.S. land border. 

The American Civil Liberties Union and American immigration council have said they would sue to block the policy.

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  • Mario
    26 July 2019 at 1:17 am - Reply

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