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US govt introducing new fast-track deportation process

WASHINGTON: The US government is going to introduce a new fast-track deportation process.

The process will bypass immigration courts.

As per the new process, if an undocumented migrant failed to prove he/she has been in the US continuously for more than two years, he/she can be immediately deported.

The policy is expected to be published today which will come into effect immediately.

However, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) rights group announced to challenge the policy in court.

It comes as US immigration policy comes under increasing scrutiny – in particular, the conditions at the country’s detention centres on the southern border with Mexico.

Kevin McAleenan, acting secretary of Homeland Security, said the new policy will help alleviate some of the burden and capacity issues at the border.

He described it a necessary response to the ongoing immigration crisis.

Analysts say US President Donald Trump is planning to make hardline immigration control a key element of his re-election campaign in 2020.

Previously, only people detained within 100 miles (160km) of the border who had been in the US for less two weeks could be deported quickly.

Migrants who were found elsewhere, or who had been in the country for more than two weeks, would need to be processed through the courts and would be entitled to legal representation.