The American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Trump administration for expanding fast-track deportations without a fair legal process.
"We're challenging the Trump administration's new rule that massively expands fast-track deportations without a fair legal process such as a court hearing or access to an attorney," the civil liberties group said in a statement posted to Twitter. "This is an illegal escalation of the Trump administration's attacks on immigrants.
"Hundreds of thousands of people living anywhere in the United States are at risk of being separated from their families and expelled from the country without any recourse."
The removal rule took effect July 23. It allows immigration officers to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants without a hearing in front of an immigration judge and applies to anyone in the country illegally for less than two years.
U.S. officials at the time said the measure was implemented in an effort to address an "ongoing crisis on the southern border," and would free up beds in detention facilities and reduce a backlog of more than 900,000 cases.
The agency "expects that the full use of expedited removal statutory authority will strengthen national security, diminish the number of illegal entries, and otherwise ensure the prompt removal of aliens apprehended in the United States," acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan said in late July.
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