President Donald Trump’s administration reportedly seeks to expand the Department of Homeland Security’s power to make it easier for authorities to quickly deport illegal immigrants back to their home countries.
Under current regulations, authorities may only bypass immigration courts for illegals who have been in the United States for less than two weeks and who were caught within 100 miles of the border. All other illegals must be formally processed through immigration courts that move slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter.
According to a 13-page internal memo reviewed by The Washington Post, the administration wants to expand the exemption to include “illegal immigrants apprehended anywhere in the United States who cannot prove they have lived in the country continuously for more than 90 days.”
The move would not require congressional approval, The Post reports.
If approved, this rule change would greatly expedite the removal of some illegal immigrants, while also helping to unclog an immigration court system that’s proven itself to be wholly inadequate for the immense job at hand.
At the start of the year The New York Times reported that “(e)ven if immigration officials initiated thousands of deportations immediately, court dates for those immigrants would be at least a year and a half away.”
That’s a problem that could be ameliorated to some extent were the rules pertaining to deportations simply adjusted.
“The potential changes would allow DHS to more efficiently use resources to remove persons who have been illegally present for relatively brief periods of time while still observing due-process requirements,” DHS spokeswoman Joanne F. Talbot explained to The Post, adding that no final decisions have been made yet.
The proposed policy would also “eliminate incentives not only to enter the country unlawfully but also to attempt to quickly travel into the interior of the United States in an effort to avoid the application of expedited removal,” according to the memo, as quoted by the Post.
As it stands, the president’s tough approach toward illegal immigration has been working like a charm, despite claims otherwise from a resentful liberal media.
Last month U.S. Custom and Border Protection agents reportedly apprehended only 21,659 illegals compared to the 45,722 they arrested last year. Similar declines were seen in previous months.
General Kelly is doing a great job at the border. Numbers are way down. Many are not even trying to come in anymore.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 27, 2017
If approved, the Trump administration’s most recent rule change will likely spur an even bigger drop in border crossings.
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H/T The Hill