(TruthAndLiberty.com) – A coalition of Democrats, led by Representatives Emanuel Cleaver of Missouri, Adriano Espaillat of New York, David Trone of Maryland and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, is urging the Biden administration to bring about reforms in the deportation appeals process. Their contention is that the current system is inadequate and ineffective.
In a letter signed by 64 congressional Democrats, including 10 senators, the group appeals to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to establish a centralized office responsible for handling all deportation appeals. Currently, individuals who have been deported have the right to appeal their cases in order to seek re-entry into the United States. However, the existing appeal process is often complex and confusing.
The lawmakers highlight the challenges of the appeal process in their letter, citing various procedures such as petition for review and motion for case reopening that can prove to be insufficient and ineffective. One major issue is the decentralized nature of the current appeal review process. Additionally, two available mechanisms for deported individuals require cooperation from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency primarily responsible for deportations. This lack of clear instructions and information leaves people feeling lost and unsure about how to navigate the appeal process.
Vanessa Vaquiz Mendoza, who was deported to El Salvador in 2020 after first entering the United States in 1998, shared her experience, describing the entire process as intimidating and leaving individuals feeling lost due to the lack of guidance.
The Democrats are advocating for the Department of Homeland Security to establish a centralized clearinghouse to ensure fair processing of these cases. Such a centralized office would address the concerns raised by the lawmakers and provide a more efficient and transparent system for deportation appeals.
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