Advocates are urging the Biden administration to consider a proposal that would see deported illegal immigrants come back to the U.S.
The story: National Immigrant Justice Center, a non-profit organization based in Washington, is making efforts to get its proposal heard by the Biden administration.
The group wants the administration to establish a new office in the Department of Homeland Security to review requests from deported immigrants and give them a chance to return to the U.S., according to the Associated Press.
The non-profit says that Biden can simply sign an executive order and create the office without the support from the current Congress, because, they claim, their proposal is based on laws that have already been passed. The office would consider people who were eligible for legal status but deported beforehand or those with compelling circumstances.
NIJC said it showed its proposal to White House staff and intends to reach out to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to talk about it. The group says 75 immigrants’ rights organizations have signed a letter in support of their plan.
What they’re saying: “We have deported hundreds of thousands of individuals, and to do that and not even have an effective safety valve to review bad decisions violates due process,” said Nayna Gupta, associate director of policy for the organization.
“In the process of [reuniting families separated at the border], hopefully the various agencies involved recognize that this is something that can be done, that we have processes in place, such as humanitarian parole, to bring people back,” Alina Das, co-director of the Immigrant Rights Clinic at New York University School of Law, told the AP.
The White House and Congress are yet to weigh in on the proposal.
The president has separately put forward legislation that would offer illegal immigrants in the U.S. a path to citizenship.
Earlier this year, three lawmakers from California have introduced a bill to allow certain veterans that have been deported to come back to the U.S.
The number: The U.S. has deported over 700,000 immigrants in the last three fiscal years, federal data show.
Worth noting: It is not impossible for a deported to legally come back to the U.S., however, very few have succeeded in such efforts.
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