Starting on September 1, 2019, ICE will start fast-tracking the deportation of certain people found in the U.S. without the benefit of seeing an immigration judge - a process known as "expedited removal."
Expedited removal is a fast way for immigration officials to deport certain foreign nationals without a court hearing. Under the law, individuals who lack entry documents or commit fraud upon entry are subject to being deported under this quick process. Normally, expedited removal is applied to individuals encountered within 100 miles of the border and who have not been physically present in the US continuously for 14 days.
However, under this new rule, ICE plans to expand the use of expedited removal to individuals found anywhere in the country who have lived in the U.S. for less than two years. These encountered individuals will not have the benefit of having a court hearing.
Under new guidance, encountered individuals must show they had lived in the U.S. for two years to avoid being deported in this fast manner. They must be given an opportunity to obtain evidence of their residence, if they are not able to provide it during the encounter. The type of evidence includes: bankbooks, leases, deeds, licenses, bills, receipts, school records, employment records, tax payments, and the person's own statements. These are just examples of what can be presented. We recommend that undocumented individuals start collecting and keeping these documents and store them away in a place that can be accessed readily by the individual, his or her attorney, family member, or friend.
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