Expedited Removal Law and Legal Definition

The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 established the expedited removal policy. The authority covers aliens who arrive in, attempt to enter, or have entered the United States without having been admitted or paroled by an immigration officer at a port-of-entry. Expedited removal is the quick removal of certain inadmissible aliens from the United States without any further hearings or review. Inadmissible aliens include aliens who lack proper documentation, or who have used counterfeit, altered, or fraudulent documents in order to enter the United States. An alien is referred to an immigration judge when he/she makes a claim to lawful status in the United States or demonstrates a credible fear of persecution if returned to his or her home country.