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Federal judge blocks Trump administration’s fast-track deportation policy


A federal judge has blocked the Trump administration from giving immigration officers the authority to deport people before they’ve appeared in court — the third blow to the president’s immigration agenda in less than 24 hours.

The fast-track policy, called “expedited removal,” is a process by which immigration officers can quickly deport undocumented people who arrive at the Mexican or Canadian border, as well as those who are caught within two weeks of crossing the border and within 100 miles of either border line.

Though the process has been in effect since 2004, the Trump administration announced in July it would allow the quick deportation of anyone who has resided in the country illegally for under two years. The expanded policy has yet to go in to effect.

U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, in a 126-page ruling issued late Friday night, pointed out flaws in the current “expedited removal" process, arguing that undocumented people would not be given due process.

“With respect to the policy at issue here, the potential devastation is so obvious that (the Department of Homeland Security) can be fairly faulted for its unexplained failure to predict, and attempt to mitigate, the fully foreseeable future floods,” Jackson wrote.

Earlier Friday, a Los Angeles federal judge blocked new rules that would allow the government to indefinitely detain undocumented children with their parents. The judge found this would strip down current protections in place for migrant children, violating the 1997 Flores Agreement which says children must be released to possible family members residing in the United States.

The White House fired back on that ruling, and claimed the administration was trying to keep families together.

“That ruling perpetuates the loophole that this same judge created, which has been exploited by criminal cartels to smuggle children across the United States Southern Border — often resulting in their physical and sexual abuse," the White House said.

Another Los Angeles federal judge also ruled Friday that ICE could not depend exclusively on flawed databases to target and apprehend migrants living in the country illegally.

With News Wire Services