Via Toledo Immigration Attorney Mechelle Zarou
"YESTERDAY the Trump administration announced a new rule that ICE has the authority to stop anyone, at any time, AT ANY PLACE, not just within 100 miles of a border, and demand proof of valid status or proof the individual has been physically present in the U.S. for 2 years, and if that proof is not satisfactory to the individual officer, ANYONE can be subjected to expedited removal. This means they can be immediately deported with no legal proceedings, no judicial review, no due process whatsoever. You may think you are safe if you are a U.S. citizen, but many, many, U.S. citizens have been subjected to expedited removal or detention because the individual officer does not believe they are really a citizen. The U.S. government has routinely been detaining and deporting U.S. citizens.
If you are brown skinned, if you have an accent, if you speak a foreign language, if you wear a head scarf, if you look at all different, heck, even if you just engage in political speech the officer does not like, the ICE officer has the legal authority to demand proof of your status and immediately deport you from the U.S. if you do not have it on you or you cannot prove you have been here two years to the officer's satisfaction. Due process does not exist, for any of us.
You may think this does not apply to you, or the ICE officers will apply this egregious amount of unchecked power fairly, but didn't our very own President lead chants of "Send her back" about a U.S. citizen whose political speech he did not like? Did he not tweet that 4 U.S. citizens whose political speech he did not like should go back to the countries where they came from? Well, it is no surprise that less than a week later after these "random" tweets, his administration announced this rule, which gives him and ICE officers (who answer to no one) this very (unchecked) authority, solely on the basis of protected free speech, or the color of one's skin, or speaking a foreign language, or speaking with an accent, or for any reason they damn well please.
This is Trump's America. I would say we are on our way to a totalitarian dictatorship, but we were on our way 2 years ago. Now we are there. Carry your papers everyone, no matter who you are. We are all targets now." Michelle Zarou,