DHS gives ICE expanded power to swiftly deport more undocumented immigrants
Trump administration is moving to significantly expand the number of undocumented immigrants who can be deported swiftly without a hearing in immigration court.
DHS, which oversees ICE agents who remove people from the country, announced on Monday that it will now apply the practice of expedited removal — a fast-tracked deportation process — to undocumented immigrants across the country who fail to demonstrate they’ve been residing in the U.S. continuously for two years or more.
Omar Jadwat, who leads the Immigrants’ Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), vowed to challenge the policy 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,” Jadwat added. “We will sue to end this policy quickly.”