Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump calls for deporting illegal immigrants with 'no judges or court cases'

Trump calls for deporting illegal immigrants with 'no judges or court cases'

The president has long railed for stronger immigration laws since the start of his campaign, including his promise to build a wall on the U.S. -Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. "Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order", Trump tweeted.

Trump did not differentiate between people who entered the United States to seek asylum and illegal immigrants. The White House struggled to defend the policy in the wake of backlash like the kind seen in the aftermath of the travel ban on people from Muslim-majority countries.

Lee Gelernt, the deputy director of the ACLU's Immigrants' Rights Project, told Reuters: "The administration can not simply get rid of all process for immigrants. It's not a choice".

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., visiting a processing center for undocumented immigrants on the Texas border, dismissed the implication that the migrants should be denied due process. "Most children come without parents", before adding, "Immigration must be based on merit - we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!" Critics in Trump's Republican Party, as well as his wife and daughter, urged him to abandon the policy.

Upon signing his executive order Wednesday, the president said he still wanted passage of a broad immigration bill, and House Republican leaders have been pushing recalcitrant members hard to support the more moderate of the immigration proposals.

In Saturday's fact-sheet, the DHS said some 522 children so far have been reunited with their families so far by border patrol authorities.

Stopping short of suggesting he might oppose President Trump in a 2020 primary, Flake told ABC's George Stephanopoulos he hopes "somebody does". He has issued a drumbeat of criticism of the immigration system and Democrats in Congress, while using increasingly harsh terms such as "invasion" and "infestation" to describe illegal immigration.

The border patrol took 2,342 children from their parents from May 5 to June 9, according to the DHS.

In the last week, the Trump administration triggered bipartisan backlash by implementing a zero-tolerance policy toward illegal border crossings, charging all individuals who cross the border illegally with unlawful entry.

A 1997 landmark case known as the Flores settlement governs how children are handled in immigration custody and generally prevents the government from keeping them in detention, even with their parents, for more than 20 days.

Families in detainment wait until their case is brought before an immigration judge. Last week, he rejected calls from Congress to hire more immigration judges.

The House is expected to vote on immigration legislation later this week.

There is an exception from expedited removal for those with a credible fear of returning home.

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