By Priscilla Alvarez, Jul 26, 2021
CNN – The Biden administration is planning to speed up deportations for some migrant families who cross the US-Mexico border, the Department of Homeland Security said Monday.
Certain families will now be subject to the fast-track deportation procedure known as “expedited removal,” which allows immigration authorities to remove an individual without a hearing before an immigration judge.
The procedure will apply to families who are not swiftly expelled under a pandemic-related border policy.
It’s the latest indication of the Biden administration’s wariness over migrants, including those seeking asylum, journeying to the US southern border.
“While tens of thousands of families have been turned away as a result of a Trump-era public health order linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of families who have been subject to the policy has declined since March, CBP data shows. But the administration has struggled to take in those families, relying on organizations along the border and hotels for processing.”
Asked about Vice President Kamala Harris’ “don’t come” message to migrants, President Joe Biden reiterated that “they should not come” during a CNN town hall last week.
Biden added that the administration is trying to tackle the root causes of migration.
DHS said in a statement Monday:
“Attempting to cross into the United States between ports of entry, or circumventing inspection at ports of entry, is the wrong way to come to the United States.
“These acts are dangerous and can carry long-term immigration consequences for individuals who attempt to do so … READ MORE.