- The Washington Times - Monday, January 30, 2006

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

The Department of Homeland Security yesterday announced the implementation of its “expedited removal” program to include illegal aliens apprehended along the U.S.-Canadian border and all U.S. coastal areas.

“With the Secure Border Initiative, we made a commitment to implement new tactics throughout the U.S. in order to gain control of our borders,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. “We have seen success in deterring illegal border crossers since ‘expedited removal’ was implemented throughout the Southwest.”

The quick-removal program, which has accounted for the deportation of more than 4,750 aliens since September, gives Homeland Security the authority to return illegal aliens to their home countries as soon as circumstances allow.

“Implementing this process along all borders will provide … agents and officers with an additional tool to protect our nation’s boundaries and quickly remove those who entered our country illegally,” Mr. Chertoff said.

It applies to aliens who have spent 14 days or less in the United States, and either are caught within 100 miles of the border with Mexico or Canada or arrive by sea and are apprehended within 100 miles of a coastal border area.

The program is aimed at disrupting alien-smuggling groups, activities that occur along the border by reducing the time from arrest to removal, and reducing opportunities for illegal aliens to reconnect with their smugglers.

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