ACLU Urges Senate to Reject Extreme Trump Era Anti-Immigrant Policies in Supplemental Funding Negotiations

December 8, 2023 4:00 pm

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WASHINGTON — Today, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, issued the following statement in response to reports that the White House is proposing to expand the deeply flawed fast-track deportation system called “expedited removal” nationwide, in addition to other harmful changes that would dismantle the U.S. asylum system, as part of the foreign aid funding negotiations:

“This proposal mimics Stephen Miller and Donald Trump’s plans for a second Trump term. Reducing immigrants’ due process rights puts a target on the backs of our neighbors, co-workers, and loved ones, and fast-tracks their deportations with little or no chance of appeal. President Biden was right to rescind Trump’s earlier attempt to expand expedited removal nationwide, and backsliding now would cause unimaginable harm to families across our nation.

“‘Expedited removal’ are lawyerly words for a profoundly unfair and truncated process — with no hearing in front of a judge, no access to a lawyer, and virtually zero recourse for people mistakenly ordered deported. All persons are entitled to due process — including immigrants. Giving the government the power to deport millions of people without fair procedures would wreak havoc on our communities and certainly lead to unfair and unconstitutional outcomes.

“The White House should not be entertaining measures that would tear American families apart and eviscerate our country’s moral standing as a beacon of hope and freedom. Senate Republicans shouldn’t use the appropriations process to further their extremist agenda, and Senate Democrats shouldn’t capitulate to that pressure. Ultimately, Senate Democrats have to stand for something and they need to uphold our values.

“Instead of making changes to our immigration laws through an unrelated short-term funding deal, Congress needs to fully debate and pass meaningful immigration reform. It should include common sense and humane solutions that improve border management and allow a legal pathway for millions of people to achieve citizenship. Congress should also focus on providing funding and support to communities receiving migrants, improving screening processes and staffing at ports of entry, and expediting work authorization for people seeking asylum.”


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