The Biden administration reinstated rapid deportations for migrant families not expelled under the current Trump-era public health order Title 42, the Department of Homeland Security announced Monday.
Border officials would be able to deport migrant families who illegally enter the U.S. and aren’t expelled under Title 42 under the “expedited removal” (ER) proceedings without court hearings, according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
“This is all smoke and mirrors and I believe the administration is talking about ER because they are prepping the battlefield to get rid of Title 42 and say, ‘oh look there’s no difference here we’re still going to have expedited removal even without Title 42,’ it’s complete B.S.,” former Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner and Heritage Foundation visiting fellow Mark Morgan told the DCNF Tuesday.
“It’s B.S. because ER has been around since 1996, so they’re going to tout ER like it’s something new that they’ve done,” Morgan added. “It’s been used under both Republican and Democratic administrations and it would be used right now under the Biden administration if not for Title 42.”
Individuals who attempt to enter the U.S. between official ports of entry or try to bypass inspections at ports of entry could face “long-term immigration consequences,” according to DHS.
“ER is for individuals who don’t claim asylum, so if someone comes across and they don’t claim asylum and/or the very rare case where it’s immediately determined that a credible fear claim is baseless and fraud on its face,” Morgan told the DCNF. “Everybody else goes under Title 8 240 proceedings, which under this administration means they’ll be released into the United States.”
Title 8 “240 proceedings” are part of the regular removal process where individuals appear before an immigration judge where they can make a claim to remain in the U.S., according to Human Rights First. Law enforcement officials can order migrants deemed inadmissible through expedited removal, which was established under the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.
“It will have no impact because every single unaccompanied minor does not qualify for ER and every family that’s coming across are coached about exactly what to say to pass the low threshold of credible fear,” Morgan added. “So there won’t be a single family removed under ER, there won’t be a single UAC removed under ER, this is mainly for single adults as ER was originally designed for.”
The Biden administration is expected to leave Title 42 in place until the end of August, a DHS spokesperson told The Monitor Wednesday. Border officials encountered nearly 190,000 migrants in June, over 100,000 of which were rapidly expelled under Title 42, according to CBP.
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