The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced to restart expedited removal flights, sending home certain families who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the agency, approximately 73 individuals have been removed on these initial flights on July 26, 2021.
Migrants and families who arrived at the southern border, cannot be expelled under Title 42, and do not have a legal basis to remain in the United States are subject to the expedited removal process and sent back to their homes in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in holding facilities, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials can expel undocumented individuals under Title 42.
The DHS stated on July 30:
“The expedited removal process is a lawful means to securely manage our border, and it is a step toward our broader aim to realize safe and orderly immigration processing. By placing into expedited removal families who cannot be expelled under Title 42, we are making clear that those who do not qualify to remain in the United States will be promptly removed.”
The Clinton administration created expedited removal proceedings. Since then, these flights have been used by both Democratic and Republican administrations.
The Biden administration is in the process of managing humane, safe, and orderly migration in North and Central America, which includes expanding legal pathways to the U.S. The DHS recently expanded the Central American Migrants program by making Central Americans eligible for 6,000 H-2B visas.
Lastly, the DHS discourages any attempt from Central Americans to migrate to the United States. Not does the agency say these acts carry long-term immigration consequences, but such a journey is extremely dangerous for children and families.