The Department of Homeland Security issued an expansion of "expedited removal" proceedings to immigrants anywhere in the U.S., it announced in a Monday notice. The move means immigrants who arrived in the U.S. within the past two years can be deported without a court hearing. It expands a policy that currently only covers areas within 100 miles of the border and migrants who've been here for less than two weeks. This rule change would help reduce immigration court backlogs, but advocates argue it would also strip migrants of their due process rights. The DHS estimates it could put an additional 20,000 people into expedited proceedings each year. Immigrants would be responsible for proving to authorities how long they've been in the U.S.
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