The Byden administration said Monday that it would swiftly deport migrant families traveling with children across the southern border without legal permission.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has put forward a “quick removal” procedure that allows border authorities to carry out deportation without court hearings for migrant families who have not been deported to Mexico under current pandemic-related restrictions. Announced that it will be placed.
With prompt removal, U.S. border authorities evade unprocessed immigration courts and deport migrants to their country without providing the same protective measures available during the procedure in front of immigration inspectors. can do.
If immigrants in expedited proceedings express their fear of being harmed in their own country, they will be interviewed by US asylum-seekers. If they pass those interviews, immigrants are allowed to file a full asylum proceeding in the immigration court.
Rapid deportation, created by Clinton era law, has been used by Republican and Democratic governments as a way to prevent unauthorized crossing of borders.
“Trying to cross the United States between places of entry, or avoiding inspections at the place of entry, is the wrong way to come to the United States,” DHS said in a statement. “These actions are dangerous and can have long-term immigrant consequences for individuals trying to do so.”
Historically, rapid removal has been criticized by civil society and supporters. They argue that asylum-seekers are prohibited from consulting with US lawyers, leading to the prompt return of those at risk in their own country.
Lee Gelernt, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, told CBS News that “quick removal systems routinely cause errors and should not be used when people’s lives are at stake. Not. ” “I am very disappointed that the Biden administration is considering placing vulnerable asylum-seeking families in systems that lack basic due process protection.”
Homeland Security representatives have not stated what policy changes the Biden administration will make to the rapid removal process to ensure that families are subject to due process.
Second week of President Biden’s inauguration mission His administration has created a “efficient and orderly” prompt removal policy that “promotes timely rulings and adherence to standards of fairness and due process.”
Monday’s announcement comes from an increasing number of immigrant families entering US border control. In June, a US agent along the southern border encountered nearly 56,000 parents and children traveling with their families. This is a 25% increase from May.
According to the report, most of the families who entered US custody in June were welcomed from Honduras, Guatemala, Brazil, Ecuador, El Salvador and Mexico. Customs and Border Security data.
The Biden administration continues to use public health authorities known as Title 42, launched by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in March 2020, to expedite cross-border people to Mexico or its home country. did.
The government has refused to use Title 42 to expel unaccompanied children transferred to shelters supervised by US refugee agencies. However, adults and their families are said to be expelled without a court hearing or asylum application.
However, US border authorities have banished a small proportion of immigrant families over the past few months, allowing the majority to continue asylum in the country. In June, 14,070 parents and children detained as a family, or 14% of the family’s anxiety, were expelled under Title 42.
U.S. officials said Mexico’s refusal to accept families outside Central America and families with young children has prevented the expulsion of families. Travel requirements to delay deportation flights. Humanitarian exceptions for vulnerable families; also a CDC rule prohibiting the expulsion of people who must test negative for COVID-19 before repatriation.
“For these reasons, about 80% of the non-civilian family units currently encountered on the southwestern border cannot be immediately expelled to Mexico or their own country,” admitted in court, DHS Assistant Secretary of Border and Immigration Policy. rice field. Declaration earlier this month.
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