It Took A Federal Judge To Reverse Elvin’s Deportation. Now The Government Is Expanding The Process That Got Him Unlawfully Detained.

The Trump administration is expanding its use of “expedited removal” – a fast-tracked deportation process that leaves little opportunity for appeal.

By Elizabeth TrovallAugust 6, 2019 9:30 am, , ,

From Houston Public Media:

Elvin came to the United States 12 years ago from Honduras. He’s undocumented, but he has a strong case to stay here because of family ties, including three citizen children and a citizen father. He’s not a person that should be in the fast-track for deportation — a process known as expedited removal, which has historically applied only to recent border-crossers.

But last December, Border Patrol agents detained Elvin at a checkpoint and claimed he had recently crossed the border, making him subject to the fast-tracked deportation process. It wasn’t until a federal judge considered the evidence showing Elvin had lived in the United States for years that Elvin was freed from a months-long detention and imminent deportation.

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