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We are removing hundreds of thousands of people who pose no threat to our communities and are destroying families. While fundamental changes to the immigration system can only be done through reform of our laws, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can immediately act to protect families and ensure that enforcement practices satisfy due process, equal rights, and human dignity. There are six things that DHS can do today to reduce the number of families destroyed through deportations, here is the third:


Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) now deport most people without ever bringing them before an immigration judge. In 2013, more than 70 percent of all people ICE deported were subjected to summary removal procedures, which bypass immigration courts entirely and lack fundamental due process. Read “Is ICE really losing in court? Are deportations going down?” for more information. For these hundreds of thousands of individuals, immigration agents are the judge and jury. Deportation decisions are made so quickly there is no time to see if a person merits discretion or needs protection. Individuals, such as asylum seekers, are particularly vulnerable. Too often Border Patrol agents have failed to ask about a person’s fear of persecution. DHS should immediately reevaluate its use of summary removal procedures and implement a screening protocol that must be used consistently to ensure that agents comply with enforcement priorities and prosecutorial discretion policies. If you or a loved is in immigration custody time is of the essence. Call 888-695-6169 to speak to our knowledgable staff today.