Trump Finalizes Rule to Widen Deportation of Illegal Aliens

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A week after the massive ICE raids that weren’t, the Trump administration has put a rule into effect that will greatly expand the federal government’s ability to deport illegal immigrants who cannot prove that they’ve been in the United States for at least two years. A report from Politico confirms that the Department of Homeland Security is set to publish the new rule, which should enable ICE to move forward much more efficiently.

“The Department of Homeland Security will publish a notice in the Federal Register Tuesday that aims to use the department’s full statutory authority to employ ‘expedited removal’ to a wider range of undocumented immigrants who cross the border illegally,” Politico reported.

The policy is not exactly a new one; it has been in place since 2004, and it allowed immigration authorities to deport illegal immigrants caught within two weeks of their arrival, just as long as they were captured within 100 miles of the border. But with the new and improved rule, ICE will be able to use that policy to deport immigrants no matter where they are in the U.S. If they cannot prove “to the satisfaction of an immigration officer, that they have been physically present in the United States continuously” for at least two years, they will be leaving.

“The effect of that change will be to enhance national security and public safety — while reducing government costs — by facilitating prompt immigration determinations,” the federal notice explains. “In particular, the New Designation will enable DHS to address more effectively and efficiently the large volume of aliens who are present in the United States unlawfully, without having been admitted or paroled into the United States, and ensure the prompt removal from the United States of those not entitled to enter, remain, or be provided relief or protection from removal.”

In late spring, senior White House policy advisor Stephen Miller said that the administration, whose hands have been tied by a split Congress, would be looking to exploit any and all laws already on the books in an effort to enforce Trump’s agenda on immigration. As Politico tells it, it is clear that this latest move is part of a series of actions that comprise that puzzle.

“The expansion is the latest move in President Donald Trump’s crackdown on legal and illegal immigration,” Politico reported. “Last week, the administration published a regulation that will bar migrants who pass through another country en route to the U.S. from seeking asylum. Politico also reported Thursday that an administration official last week pressed to lower the annual refugee admission ceiling to zero, although those deliberations remain ongoing.”

With Capitol Hill unwilling to do anything to stop this border crisis or change what President Trump has called our “foolish” laws on immigration, this is the president doing everything in his executive authority to get a handle on the problem. It’s too bad there are so few patriots in Congress willing to help him.