During his 8-years in office, Barack Obama provided a whole slew of legal tools that allowed immigration lawyers to keep delaying court hearings and immigration orders, thus allowing the illegal aliens marked for deportation to remain in the US almost indefinitely.
However, the Trump administration has been steadily eliminating those delaying tools used by immigration attorneys. Without these tools, their clients are being processed through the court at a much faster pace, leading to speeder court rulings and deportations. Illegal aliens are being shipped home faster, which also means the system can process more in a given amount of time.
Government data shows the Trump administration has already shifted the “culture” of immigration attorneys, who used to have more tools under the Obama administration to delay court decisions on whether to remove illegal immigrants, but are now being forced to push for a final verdict more quickly.
Under Obama, immigration attorneys were more likely to leave cases for illegal immigrants in limbo, thus preventing them from ever ruling on whether they needed to be removed from the U.S. An official from the Executive Office for Immigration Review explained to the Washington Examiner that attorneys would push for an administrative closure, or a pause in the proceedings before an administrative judge.
That pause could be achieved by seeking continuance in the case, which might then make it easier to justify a decision not to prosecute.
“Rather than getting [a decision on removal proceedings] … Instead it created this culture of seeking continuance to try to build up a request for prosecutorial discretion for administrative closure, and so it had a ripple effect,” the EOIR official said…
Under the Trump administrations new policies, the courts have issued 16% more final orders than during the same period last year under the Obama administration and the number of removal orders (deportation orders) are up 29% over the same period as last year. Hopefully, these numbers will continue to increase, sending many thousands of illegals back to their home countries. Now we need a secured border more than ever.