Trump Administration Expands Expedited Removal

The Trump Administration, in furtherance of its constant effort to speed up the deportation machine, has expanded the use of expedited removal.  Generally, expedited removal allows immigration officers to deport individuals quickly and without the benefit of full immigration proceedings before an immigration judge.  Basically, the immigration officer is judge, jury, and executioner. This expedited process makes it quite difficult for the targeted alien to mount any sort of defense to the allegations.

As of July 23, 2019, the category of aliens subject to expedited removal has been expanded to include anyone who is undocumented or has committed fraud or misrepresentation and who has not been physically present in the United States for two years prior to his or her apprehension.  This policy change is expected to face legal challenges.

If you fear you may be subject to expedited removal, or targeted for the same, it is important that you know your legal rights and act accordingly.

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