Expedited extradition of illegals to begin today, and the open borders crowd is apoplectic

Tuesday, July 23, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Thomas Lifson
July 23, 2019

The Trump administration is today implementing a strategy that’s been in planning for two years to relieve crowding at detention centers, deal with the backlog at immigration courts, and rapidly increase the tempo of deportations of illegal aliens. Predictably, the open borders crowd is appalled, and the ACLU is planning to launch a lawsuit, no doubt before a leftist judge appointed by Obama and Clinton to stymie the move. But this has been planned for two years, and it looks as though their efforts will play into the president’s hands as the 2020 election approaches.

In July 2017, David Inserra reported that an expedited deportation policy was being studied by DHS and that it would be based on an existing statute:

The Department of Homeland Security is weighing a new policy that would allow for the expedited deportation of illegal immigrants.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement already has this power under current law. The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 gave ICE the power to expedite deportations of illegal immigrants detained anywhere in the country as long as they have been residing in the U.S. for less than two years.

That statutory authority has not been exercised for many years thanks not to President Obama, but rather his Republican predecessor:

President George W. Bush altered this policy’s implementation, making it so that expedited deportations could only occur when someone was detained within 100 miles of the border less than 14 days after they arrived in the U.S. The Obama administration retained this policy.

With the publication of this notice on the Federal Register, the policy reverts to what it was before Bush made his changes based on his executive authority — the same authority Trump is now using.

There is a lot of bad reporting on the move, but Politico covers the necessary background, omitted by the likes of NPR — which doesn’t mention the 1996 law that was signed by Bill Clinton, nor G.W. Bush’s role in gutting it.

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