If you think illegals are unhappy now, just wait a couple of weeks and ask how they are feeling about a new program that Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced yesterday. On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced the expansion of a program designed to deport imprisoned immigrants. The program will help to elevate crowding in some prisons and make room for the ever increasing number that are being arrested for deportation under the Trump Administration.
The revamped and expanded program known as “The Institutional Hearing Program (IHP)” makes use of both in-person and video-conferencing to conduct hearings which allows judges hundreds of miles away to conduct the sessions and speed the process.The purpose of the hearings is to determine if there is any reason that an illegal alien, regardless of his current status should be deported. This is not something that the prisoners are in favor of.
Currently if they have been arrested and are serving time in the U.S., many don’t mind the time in our prisons. Here they food, clothing, medical care, and don’t have to do much except lay around. But in many of their own countries, they not only face major jail time, but there their diets can consist of mostly fruit like bananas unless their families provide them with food, clothing, shoes, and other necessities.
In addition, many of them face death sentences in their own counties and fled to the United States in an effort to avoid those sentences. One inmate I have personal knowledge of sits in a Florida prison facing death by hanging for a murder he committed in Jamaica over 20 years ago. Shortly after he escaped to the United States, he committed yet another murder and was given a life sentence. He has been fighting extradition to Jamaica for the last 15 years preferring to spend his time here, than return to the gallows at home.
Under the revised program, he would be eligible to be returned to face his charges there instead of costing the citizens of Florida over 25,000 dollars a year to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Sessions says this kind of prisoner needs to be sent home regardless of legal status. Bureau of Prison statistics show that a little over 20 percent of federal inmates are non-citizens.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement: “We owe it to the American people to ensure that illegal aliens who have been convicted of crimes and are serving time in our federal prisons are expeditiously removed from our country as the law requires. This expansion and modernization of the Institutional Hearing Program gives us the tools to continue making Americans safe again in their communities.”
A recent analysis by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse showed that deportations from IHP have dropped dramatically since the late 1990s. This expansion and modernization of IHP will be done by increasing the amount of prisons that use the program, increasing those facilities’ video-conferencing abilities, and updating their intake policy.