President Trump has promised to deport criminal illegals, and he is taking steps to follow through on that promise.
In fact, twelve U.S. cities with high populations of illegal aliens charged with crimes are about to receive some federal help getting rid of them.
Two administration officials have confirmed to the New York Post that the U.S. Justice Department plans to speed up illegal immigrant deportations by temporarily reassigning immigration judges from around the country to the following cities: Los Angeles; New York City; San Francisco; Miami; New Orleans; Baltimore; El Paso, Texas; Bloomington, Minnesota; Harlingen, Texas; Omaha, Nebraska; Phoenix, Arizona and Imperial, California.
Aspects of the plan are still under review, including who and how many judges will be reassigned.
In addition to the two officials, a spokeswoman for the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review has also confirmed the identification of the twelve cities, the Post reports.
In a reversal of an Obama-era policy that only prioritized deportations of illegals convicted of “serious” crimes, Trump’s policy is to eject illegal immigrants with pending criminal cases, whether or not they have been actually found guilty.
The judge reshuffle was reportedly ordered by the Department of Homeland Security, which is considered an “unusual move” because the Department of Justice administers immigration courts.
This move could speed deportations along considerably. According to data provided to the Post from the Justice Department’s Executive Office of Immigration Review, of the 18,013 immigration cases involving illegal immigrants, over half belong to the cities that will receive more judges.
Beginning Monday, some immigration judges will even be temporarily moved to detention centers along the border with Mexico.
The move is not without critics, however. Paul Schmidt, a former immigration judge and chairman of the Board of Immigration Appeals, called it “aimless docket reshuffling” and said even some criminal illegals can still get asylum.
“It seems they have an assumption that everyone who has committed a crime should be removable, but that’s not necessarily true. Even people who have committed serious crimes can sometimes get asylum,” Schmidt told the Post.
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