A federal judge in Washington rejected on September 27 the Trump administration’s attempt to fast-track deportations. Initially announced in July, the policy would enable the Department of Homeland Security to quickly deport anyone who has been in the country for less than two years. It had yet to go into effect elsewhere, but it was used for migrants who were arrested soon after crossing the border illegally.
U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that “expedited removal” violated the procedural requirements that these migrants are allowed to first by government officials. Other problems with the policy include:
- Some legally entitled to be in the United States could be targeted for deportation
- Translators were not provided
Ongoing family detainment also stopped
On the same day, another federal judge in Los Angeles blocked a new policy stating there would be no time limits for detaining immigrant children with their parents. The policy conflicted with a 1997 Flores agreement that said that children caught crossing the border illegally should be released as soon as possible to relatives in the U.S. Moreover, they could only be held in facilities licensed by the state.
Flawed database used in targeting
In another court in Los Angeles this same day, a federal judge said the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) could not solely rely on databases that are flawed to target people supposedly in the country illegally.
Laws protect all people
These three judges are a reminder that the government cannot violate fundamental human rights, even when the person is not a U.S. citizen. Those with questions or concerns about fast-track deportation, detainment or targeting may want to speak with a knowledgeable immigration law attorney. They are up-to-date on immigration policies and subsequent lawsuits to stop them. They are here to help migrants and citizens in need of legal protection.