The Trump administration was struck on Friday by a federal judge after it ruled to block a move that would allow immigration officials to deport people illegally entering the United States before appearing before judges.
The policy, which was announced in July but has not yet been enforced, will allow rapid deportation to be applied to anyone in the country who has been illegally engaged for less than two years. They are now largely confined to people arrested almost immediately after crossing the Mexican border.
USA. District Judge Ketangi Brown Jackson, named for President Barack Obama, said expanding the administration's "expedited removal" power violates procedural requirements to seek public comment first and ignore deficiencies in the way it is used in smaller scale at the border.
Disadvantages that have not been challenged by government attorneys include allegations that some people who are eligible to be in the country were targeted for deportation, no interpreters were provided, and authorities made "grave mistakes" by recording statements to migrants who said they feared persecution or torture if sent back to their home country.
A spokesman for the Department of Justice told the Washington Post that "Congress expressly authorized the Secretary of Homeland Security to act on an expedition to remove foreigners who are not allowed to be here. The decision of the district court strongly contradicts this explicit assignment of authority and significantly exceeds the district court's own power. ”
Jackson did not rule on the merits of the case, but the decision prevented the administration from extending expedited authority throughout the country as the trial continued.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report