By Karolina Walters (immigrationimpact.com)
The Trump administration recently announced it would start applying a fast-tracked deportation process known as “expedited removal” to hundreds of thousands more people than ever before. People across the United States could be deported within hours of being picked up by immigration officers, with no opportunity to see a judge or talk to an attorney.
Now, a new lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday is challenging this extreme expansion of expedited removal. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit, three membership-based community organizations, brought this case on behalf of their members who face the threat of immediate deportation, despite the ties they have developed to the United States and possible claims that they should not be deported at all.
Historically, individuals subject to deportation generally get a hearing before an immigration judge. Expedited removal is an exception to this practice.
The government previously applied expedited removal to a small group of people. These individuals either came to the United States by sea or were recent arrivals (in the United States up to two weeks) who immigration officers picked up within 100 miles of the border.