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Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2019

Trump administration to expand quick deportations anywhere in U.S.
By Molly O'Toole

The new deportation policy is the second major effort by the administration this month to aggressively expand its power to try to keep migrants out of the U.S. or remove them if they enter. Last week, the administration moved to curb asylum in the U.S. That rule effectively eliminated almost all asylum claims at the U.S. southern land border by rendering ineligible any asylum seeker who’d transited at least one other country prior to arriving. The move to expand expedited removals comes as backlogs in immigration courts continue to grow. Nearly 950,000 cases are currently pending in U.S. immigration courts, with an average wait time of 713 days, or just under two years, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. President Trump and his hardline anti-immigration aides have been frustrated that despite concerted efforts to step up enforcement and crackdown immigration, they’ve largely been unable to reverse a surge in migration to the U.S. southern border and the ballooning backlog in immigration cases.

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