Hawaii Attorney General Clare E. Connors joined a coalition of attorneys general on Monday, led by California, in opposing the Trump Administration’s new rule that vastly expands the use of expedited removal.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now authorized to deport certain individuals living anywhere in the United States without the due process protections afforded in normal removal proceedings, such as the right to an attorney or a hearing before a judge. In a comment letter, the attorneys general urge the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to rescind the rule, which was issued without advance notice or opportunity for public comment.

“The rule leads to inconsistency, and affords no due process protections,” said Attorney General Connors. “It will cause fear in our communities and creates an unacceptable risk that those who are legally here might be deported.” 

According to the Attorney General's office, under the rule, the Trump Administration is expanding the use of expedited removal to allow federal officials to deport undocumented immigrants from anywhere in the United States under a fast-tracked process that generally does not allow for access to legal representation, witnesses, or a meaningful opportunity to present evidence and defenses. The rule significantly increases the risk that people will be erroneously deported and, for those caught up in the proceedings, virtually eliminates the protections afforded during formal immigration hearings.

Attorney General Connors joins the attorneys general of California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

Read a copy of the comment letter here