The speed of the deportation process at work – the name may not ring a bell for some of my younger readers:
CINCINNATI – A lawyer for a former autoworker accused of being a Nazi death camp guard on Thursday challenged the right of the nation’s chief immigration judge to order his deportation.
The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard arguments on the accused guard John Demjanjuk’s challenge to a final removal, or deportation, order issued in 2005. The federal government has been trying to deport him for three decades.
The three-judge panel didn’t say when it would rule, but it’s usually several months after arguments before the court issues a decision.
The arguments revolved around whether an immigration judge had the authority to order the removal of Demjanjuk, 87.
Of course, this is why both advocates and opponents of aggressive use of the deportation system are fooling themselves and/or their listeners; whatever the merits of other options for controlling the border (employer enforcement, fencing, etc.), we simply don’t and aren’t likely to ever have procedures in place to handle large numbers of deportation proceedings with great dispatch.