Supreme Court bolsters Trump by upholding ‘expedited removal’

President Trump’s efforts to speed up deportation of thousands of unauthorized immigrants were boosted Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a California case that those migrants generally have no right to challenge their expulsion orders in court.

The ruling upheld procedures known as “expedited removal” that were established by Congress in 1996 and expanded by the Trump administration to apply to immigrants who have been in the U.S. for less than two years and are potentially subject to deportation.

Under standard procedures, an undocumented immigrant who contests deportation is entitled to a hearing in immigration court, an arm of the Justice Department, and can appeal an unfavorable decision to a federal appeals court.

Under expedited removal, immigrants receive only a hearing before a Customs and Border Protection officer, who can order them deported.

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