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Trump Administration’s Plan to Step Up Deportations Faces Obstacles

6/18/19
from The Wall Street Journal,
6/18/19:

Supporters and critics alike say president’s goal of removing hundreds of thousands of immigrants faces many hurdles.

A push by the Trump administration to deport hundreds of thousands of immigrants who are subject to final removal orders faces immediate legal and logistical hurdles. President Trump said in a tweet late Monday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would “next week…begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.” The message suggested to supporters and critics of the administration images of mass roundups of people who are in the U.S. illegally, a group often estimated to number between eight million and 11 million. The American Civil Liberties Union circulated a “Know Your Rights” document advising people how to respond to questions about their immigration status.

“This is inhumane and un-American,” said Joshua Hoyt, executive director of the National Partnership for New Americans, a coalition of immigrant-rights groups. “A massive crackdown will cause harm to communities throughout this nation….

An administration official said Mr. Trump was referring to a specific subset of people who had been issued final orders to leave. “There are more than one million illegal aliens who have been issued final deportation orders by federal judges yet remain at large in the country. These judicial removal orders were secured at great time and expense,” the administration official said Monday. “Enforcing these final judicial orders is a top priority for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

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