On Monday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would expand its expedited removal program, usually limited to the southern border, to rapidly deport undocumented immigrants found anywhere in the United States.
The Trump Administration cites long detention waits and immigrant court backlogs as the rationale behind the dramatic expansion. However, by eliminating review with an immigration judge, expedited removal removes due process for immigrants who have lived here for years, creating chaos and uncertainty in immigrant communities. Furthermore, should a U.S. citizen be taken into custody, they can now be fast-tracked for removal without an option to speak before a judge.
Visit the links below to learn more about expedited removal policies and their latest expansion.