Sessions seeks to speed deportation of federal inmates

2017-03-31 07:33
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Washington - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is announcing a plan to speed up the deportation of immigrants in the country illegally who have been convicted of federal crimes.

Sessions said that the Justice Department will expand an existing programme aimed at holding deportation hearings for immigrants while they are still in federal prison. That effort is known as the Institutional Hearing Programme.

Holding such hearings before inmates' sentences are finished would let the government deport them immediately when they are released.

Sessions, who has made immigration enforcement a key Justice Department priority, says the government owes it to the American public to deport illegal immigrants quickly who have been convicted of crimes.

Under the proposal, 14 federal prisons and six contract facilities will be set up for immigration removal proceedings.

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