Judge Blocks Expansion Of Expedited Deportations
Officials had said the new rule would ease the increasing backlog in the immigration system, but the judge said harm to immigrants wasn't considered.
A federal judge has blocked a Trump administration policy that would allow immigration officers to arrest and deport certain undocumented immigrants without a hearing.
The original policy applies to two groups. First, those who entered the U.S. by land could be subject to expedited removal if they were arrested within 100 miles of the border and had been in the U.S. for less than two weeks. Second, undocumented immigrants anywhere in the U.S. who arrived by sea and had been in the U.S. for less than two years. The administration's new rule would have expanded the policy nationwide for all undocumented immigrants who have been in the country for less than two years.
Department of Homeland Security officials had said the new rule would ease the ever-increasing backlog in the immigration system, but the judge said the agency hadn't considered what harm immigrants would endure. She wrote, "An agency cannot consider only the perceived shiny bright spots of a policy that it is mulling — the silver lining, if you will.”
The judge also said the department didn't follow proper rule-making procedures. Federal law requires government agencies to post rule proposals in the Federal Register and allow the public to comment for at least 30 days before the rule can be enacted. Agencies can skip that comment period, but only in situations that don't affect the public, or where the comment period would be unnecessary or "contrary to the public interest" — such as minor technical changes or public health emergencies.
The Department of Homeland Security did post the rule in the Federal Register, but claimed that it fell under the law that allows an agency to skip the comment period. The judge disagreed. She said there's no good reason why the agency wouldn't have complied with the required notice-and-comment procedure.
At Arizona-Mexico border, field workers commute to meet crop quotas
In the salad bowl of the U.S., field workers are working through long hours, harsh weather and border commutes to put food on America's tables.By Scripps News
New York City migrants refuse relocation, say new center is 'inhumane'
Migrants moved from a Manhattan hotel to a Brooklyn shelter say it's not suitable for living, though the mayor's office say it has the same services.By AP
These young refugees are finding their way in America through soccer
Soccer Without Borders integrates language learning into soccer practices and provides a community for young refugees and immigrants.By Scripps News
GOP on State of the Union: 'Biden and the Democrats have failed you'
Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders told her audience that Biden and the Democratic Party “failed you. You know it, and they know it.”By Al Drago / AP
After State of the Union, Tyre Nichols' family pushes accountability
Just after attending the State of the Union address, Tyre Nichols' parents talked to Scripps News about their experience and hopes for the future.By Patrick Semansky / AP
President Joe Biden delivers the 2023 State of the Union address
President Joe Biden's annual address focused on bipartisanship while touting the administration’s economic accomplishments.By Patrick Semansky / AP