Biden Scrubs Trump Administration Expedited Removal Of Migrants
On Friday, the Biden administration trashed a Trump-era policy that had expanded expedited removal of migrants who could not prove they had been in the United States for a minimum of two years.
“Expedited removal was created in 1996 to allow low-level immigration officers to quickly deport certain noncitizens who are undocumented or have committed fraud or misrepresentation,” a report from Newsmax stated.
Back in 2019 under former President Donald Trump, expedited removal was expanded to also apply to individuals who were encountered within the entire country and who had not been physically present here for two years before they were apprehended.
“This Notice rescinds the July 23, 2019 Notice, Designating Aliens for Expedited Removal, which expanded to the maximum extent permitted by the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) the application of expedited removal procedures to noncitizens not already covered by previous designations,” a Department of Homeland Security memo stated on Friday in a tweet by American Immigration Council Policy Director Jorge Loweree.
“The INA expressly authorizes the application of expedited removal procedures to noncitizens ‘arriving in the United States’ ” while also authorizing the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend (by designation) such procedures to certain other categories of noncitizens present in the United States,” the report said.
Here’s more from the report:
The memo added that DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has the power to “modify designations.”
“The INA permits the Secretary, in her or his sole and unreviewable discretion, to modify any such designations at any time,” the memo stated. “By rescinding only the designation of the class of noncitizens covered by the July 23, 2019 Notice, this Notice leaves in effect the prior discretionary designations that have, for over two decades, extended expedited removal to additional categories of noncitizens.”
In July 2019, the Trump administration announced that it would vastly expand the authority of immigration officers to deport migrants without allowing them to first appear before judges.
The fast-track deportations applied to anyone in the country illegally for less than two years. Previously, those deportations largely had been limited to people arrested almost immediately after crossing the Mexican border.
It’s pretty clear from the inactivity in dealing with the border crisis and the measures the current administration has been taking to provide support for those who are breaking our nation’s laws by entering our country illegally, that Biden and his ilk are employing a strategy to help puff up their voter rolls.
This is why voter ID laws are so critical to the integrity of our election system. Measures such as these help to ensure that only those migrants who have come through the front door and are invested in our country, like its own natural born citizens, have the right to cast a ballot and decide the direction we take in the future.