With immigration now a hot topic in the United States, President Trump has decided to make it a central campaign issue for the upcoming mid-terms this November.
On Sunday, Trump called for people who enter the United States illegally and are clogging the nation’s immigration system to be removed from the country and be sent back immediately to where they came from without any judicial process – after likening them to “invaders” breaking into the country.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came,” he said in one of a series of tweets on Sunday morning.
“Our immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of these people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years,” he said, pointing to the broken Immigration System.
“Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!” be added.
“Cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our Country. Strong Borders, No Crime!”
President Trump’s twitter proposal drew immediate criticism from legal analysts and immigrant rights advocates who said it would violate the U.S. Constitution’s due process provision which applies to both citizens and non-citizens alike.
The proposed expedited removal of immigrants from the country comes amidst a crisis involving an influx of migrants and unaccompanied minors at the U.S. southern border with Mexico.
“The United States will not be a migrant camp and it will not be a refugee-holding facility,” he said at the White House. “It won’t be.”
While those seeking asylum may be subject to a hearing, immigration authorities can bypass due process protections with the expedited removals policy that allows quick deportations of migrants apprehended within 160 kilometres (100 miles) of the border and have been in the country for less than 14 days.
Trump’s “Zero Tolerance” policy and tougher stance on immigration comes after evidence has shown that people are making fraudulent asylum claims and are abusing loopholes in the U.S. Immigration Laws.
Under expedited removal proceedings commonly used at various Ports of Entry, an immigration official can evaluate any immigrant’s claim and reject it without the involvement of an Immigration Judge or Immigration Review Board.
Last year, the White House called for the expansion of the expedited removals program to immigrants who have been in the country illegally for up to two years.
However, there is an exception from expedited removal for those with a credible fear of returning home.
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