Saturday, March 04, 2017

Under Trump, fast-track deportations could extend into Bay Area

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
The Trump administration is working to broaden fast-track deportations now reserved for people caught right after crossing the border, potentially extending these “expedited removals” to places across the country — including the Bay Area.

Under the plan, people who have entered the country without documentation and cannot prove to an immigration agent that they have been in the U.S. for at least two years could be picked up and deported almost immediately, without appearing in front of a judge.

The shift could allow President Trump to fulfill a central campaign promise and increase deportations while circumventing a court system that is severely backed up and short on resources, but advocates for immigrants in the Bay Area say it will destroy their due-process rights.

Some are already warning immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to prepare for the changes, in some cases by carrying proof of long-term residence.

“It is significant depending on how it is executed,” said Noah Kroloff, a former senior Department of Homeland Security official who served as chief of staff for then-Secretary Janet Napolitano. “It essentially means anyone who cannot demonstrate that they have been in the country for two years is potentially subject to expedited removal by immigration authorities.
Illegals in the news.