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President Donald Trump has expanded the use of expedited removal proceedings for undocumented immigrants.

His administration will deport aliens without a hearing before an immigration judge if they entered the United States unlawfully and cannot prove that they have been here for more than two years and don't have a credible fear of persecution or torture.

Ironically, Trump’s authority to do this comes from a bill that former President Bill Clinton signed into law, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 (IIRIRA), section 302 of which added expedited removal proceedings to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

Clinton supported IIRIRA because it had tough enforcement provisions and he was opposed to illegal immigration.

When his chief of staff, Leon Panetta, gave a briefingon IIRIRA, he said, “We got I think all of the proposals that we were out to get for illegal immigration have been included and we fully support those.”

Clinton's statementat the signing ceremony included the following observation:

"This bill, ... includes landmark immigration reform legislation that builds on our progress of the last 3 years. It strengthens the rule of law by cracking down on illegal immigration at the border, in the workplace, and in the criminal justice system — without punishing those living in the United States legally."

Expedited removal proceedings

The primary objective of these proceedings is to use immigration officers to screen out and rapidly remove asylum-seeking migrants with meritless persecution claims.

Read more at https://thehill.com/opinion/immigrat...umented-aliens

Published originally on The Hill.

Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter @NolanR1