The American Immigration Council's Beth Werlin just wrote an amazing blog that explains why the recent media spin surrounding the drop in Court-ordered deportations is just that: spin. She explains that only 30 percent of the people the administration deported last year ever saw an immigration judge, which explains the drop. Most significantly, the Obama administration's practice of bypassing immigration courts raises serious due process concerns.

From the blog:

Through summary removal processes, such as expedited removal and reinstatement of removal, DHS immigration officers make quick decisions to deport a person without affording the person any further hearing or opportunity to apply for some form of relief from deportation, unless the person expresses a fear of persecution. The entire process—from apprehension to deportation—can take less than 24 hours. Such summary processes raise serious due process concerns given the inherent risk of arbitrary, mistaken, or discriminatory conduct that can occur in the absence of adequate deliberation and oversight mechanisms.

To make matters worse she notes that the Obama administration almost never exercises prosecutorial discretion to individuals that are not considered deportation priorities:

...there were 235,093 deportations from within the border region. These individuals, many of whom have resided in the United States for decades and who may have left the United States only for a brief period of time, were deported without any consideration of priorities or equities.

Click here to read the entire post.