Trump Administration expands fast-tracked deportation practices

Trump Administration expands fast-tracked deportation practices

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.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/22/us/politics/trump-immigration-deportations.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/usa-immigration-deportation/us-to-expand-rapid-deportation-nationwide-with-sweeping-new-rule-idUSL2N24N0Q4

USA Today: ICE on ice? Move to abolish ICE, at center of storm in immigration battle, has a long way to go

USA Today: ICE on ice? Move to abolish ICE, at center of storm in immigration battle, has a long way to go

Politico: Federal appeals court clears way for undocumented teen to get abortion

Politico: Federal appeals court clears way for undocumented teen to get abortion

I was quoted in a Politico article on October 24 regarding a federal appeals court decision that an undocumented pregnant minor can receive an abortion. The 17-year old is being held in a federally-funded shelter in Texas after crossing the border last month, where she was immediately apprehended.

In this article I responded to Judge Karen Henderson, a George H.W. Bush appointee. Henderson said in a separate dissenting opinion that the undocumented teen lacks constitutional rights, including the right to an abortion. And she criticized the Trump administration for refusing to address that issue.

“That’s what [Henderson’s] beef is. This person was caught at the border and never formally made an entry. People who just made it into the country and don’t have any ties here, do they have any constitutional rights? Do they have the full panoply? This is really the gray area. Nobody has a clear answer.”

The full article is here: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/10/24/federal-appeals-court-clears-way-for-undocumented-teen-to-get-abortion-244115

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

Man Detained by ICE in Ithaca on Administrative Immigration Violations

I spoke with Phillip O’Driscoll of Central New York’s Spectrum News about the recent ICE arrest in Ithaca.

Unfortunately, cases like this one are not uncommon, and there are a variety of ways by which ICE can act on its own to arrest someone even if they do live in a sanctuary city.

Watch the interview or read more about this story with Spectrum News, the Cornell Daily Sun, or the Ithaca Voice.

Trump’s Quiet Reversal on Deporting Young Undocumented Immigrants

Trump’s Quiet Reversal on Deporting Young Undocumented Immigrants

I spoke with Priscilla Alvarez about DACA students being deported for leaving United States. Although Trump has not immediately axed the DACA program as he pledged, DACA recipients are still at risk of being deported. Without advanced permission, known as advance parole, leaving the country is effectively abandoned DACA status. If DACA holders return, they are returning illegally and can be subject to deportation proceedings.

Visit The Atlantic to read the full analysis of the Trump administration’s actions related to the DACA program.