Trump Administration Expands Authority For Removing Immigrants

District of Columbia — On Monday, the Trump Administration announced that the Department of Homeland Security will have expanded authority to remove immigrants from the country who are deemed inadmissible. The announcement is the latest move in a series of immigration related policies and announcements.

According to current policy, low level DHS officials can use expedited removal for individuals who have been present for less than two weeks and are within 100 miles of the border without the approval of an immigration judge. The proposed policy, which goes into effect Tuesday, would allow those same officials to remove immigrants via expedited removal who didn’t arrive by sea, are more or less than 100 miles from the border, and haven’t been present for at least two years.

When individuals are currently arrested, they are placed into a deportation process that involves immigration judges who have massive case backlogs. The new policy would allow easing on the immigration system and quicker removal of immigrants by ICE.

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