Feds Advocate Expansion of Expedited Removal Process

Feds Advocate Expansion of Expedited Removal Process

While much of the country has been focused on Trump’s travel ban, his executive order authorizing the construction of a border wall also significantly expands the use of the expedited removal process. This action will profoundly impact the millions of immigrants who travel to or pass through the United States, often leaving them with essentially no due process rights in terms of removal from the country. Since 2004, immigration officials have used expedited removal to deport individuals who appear at the border without proper documents authorizing them to enter the U.S. or individuals who entered without authorization, if detained within 14 days of their arrival and within 100 miles of the border. However, low-level immigration officers can deport immigrants if they are unauthorized or have committed fraud or misrepresentation, in any form. Under expedited removal proceedings, an immigrant will never see a prosecutor, judge, or attorney before being removed. The inspecting immigration officer interviews the immigrant in order to determine whether he or she has a fear of returning to his or her home country. If so, the officer is supposed to refer the immigrant for a more comprehensive screening by an asylum officer. Otherwise, the immigrant is subject to immediate removal without any sort of hearing or due process protections. On the whole, the expedited nature of this process makes it much more likely that a person who is not subject to removal, such as a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, or asylum seeker, is removed anyway. Expedited removal already occurs on a frequent basis; in federal fiscal year 2013, about 193,000 people were removed through the expedited removal process, which represented 44% of all deportations during that time period. If the Trump administration increases the use of expedited removal, it is likely to substantially increase the overall rate of removal. Whether you end up in expedited removal proceedings or not, the lawyers of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C. know the best steps to take in order to work toward avoiding deportation altogether. Our experienced California deportation defense lawyers know the ins and outs of federal immigration law and how best to defend you in your deportation case. We know how to identify all of the defenses that are available to you, based on the facts of your case, and obtain the support needed to support those defenses. Call our office today and learn what the attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., can do to help you and your family through this difficult time in your life.
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