US imposes procedure for accelerated deportation of migrants

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Federal authorities are talking about the necessity to unload migrant detention centers and reduce queues in immigration courts.

The Trump administration announced the coming significant expansion of the authorities of immigration officers on deportation of migrants, without giving them the opportunity to stand trial.

This is the second major change in immigration policy for the last eight days.

Since Tuesday, the accelerated deportation can be applied to any person who has been in the country illegally for less than two years.

Earlier, such deportations were applied mainly to people who were arrested almost immediately after crossing the southern border of the U.S..

Acting Security of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan described the expansion of authority on the “expedited removal” as a new attempt by the Trump administration to prevent the “current crisis on the southern border,” setting free the places in the migrant detention centers and reducing the queue of over 900,000 cases in immigration courts.

The US authorities do not have enough space to support the “huge number” of people arrested at the Mexican border. This leads to the fact that hundreds of thousands of people are released with a notice of appearance at the court, McAleenan said in a political directive that will be out on Tuesday in official publication by the Federal Register.

He noted that ministry officials with new powers will deport migrants faster than immigration courts of the Ministry of Justice, where cases may take years.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Board of Immigration Appeals said they would file a lawsuit to ban this policy.

“In accordance with this illegal plan, immigrants who have lived here for several years will be deported with less careful examination of the proper legal procedures than people who have been involved in an accident court,” said director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project Omar Jadwat.

McAleenan said that 20,570 people arrested on the territory of the country from October 2017 to September 2018 have been in the US for less than two years, and, in accordance with a new rule, may be sentenced to the accelerated deportation.

The announcement has become the second major political shift for the last eight days after an unprecedented surge of the number of families coming from the countries of the Northern Triangle of Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Last week, the administration said it would refuse to provide people with asylum who passed through other countries on the way to the US and did not appeal for the protection of at least one of these countries.


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