Expedited removal is a way for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to remove (deport) people from the U.S. quickly and without giving them an opportunity to appear before an immigration judge.
You may be affected if you have been in the U.S. for less than 2 years AND:
If you fall in either of these categories (which means that you can be removed quickly from the U.S.) but you are afraid to return to your country of origin, and if you are stopped by an immigration officer, tell the officer right away that you request a Credible Fear Interview.
At this interview, an asylum officer will ask you questions about your fear of return. If you pass this interview, you will have the right to go to a regular immigration court and talk to a Judge about your case. For detailed information about Credible Fear Interviews, see the Florence Immigrant & Refugee Rights Project’s handout in English and Spanish.
You have a right to remain silent! This can be hard to do but you do have the right NOT to give DHS information about yourself. To learn more about this, please look at page 2 of the Immigrant Defense Project’s handout in English and Spanish.
You can leave your documents with a trusted friend or relative, but in addition the safest thing would be to also carry copies of your documents with you at all times.
There are different ways of carrying the copies around, and each way has pros and cons. But no matter what, leave the originals with someone you trust, in a safe place, and carry only copies!
How to carry the evidence of physical presence:
But be careful when including documents that list other people’s information, if those people do not have status in the U.S. Also, avoid including documents that include your nationality, because DHS could use the information to prove that you are a foreign national, which could make it easier for them to deport you.
This information is also available for download in English and Spanish.
For assistance, call our Immigration Helpline at 844-955-3425 from Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 3 November 2020
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