Attorney General James Fights Against Trump Administration Rule That Increases Risk Of Erroneous Deportation

Posted to Applied Web NY on Fri, 01/24/2020 - 15:04

NEW YORK – Attorney General Letitia James, along with a coalition of 21 additional attorneys general, filed an amicus brief opposing the Trump Administration’s legally flawed attempts to immediately expand the use of expedited removal of immigrants. Expedited removal is a fast-tracked process to deport immigrants that generally does not allow for access to legal representation, witnesses, or a meaningful opportunity to present evidence and defenses. Individuals are exempt from expedited removal if they have a credible or reasonable fear of persecution or torture in their country of origin. In July 2019, the Trump Administration announced that it was expanding expedited removal to cover many more individuals than ever before. In September 2019, a federal district court issued a preliminary injunction preventing this expansion from going into effect, which the Administration then appealed. In the amicus brief, the coalition urges the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to uphold the injunction.

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