Attorney General Jeff Sessions is moving to quickly deport imprisoned immigrants.
Sessions is expanding the Institutional Hearing Program that uses in-person and video-conference hearings so judges can determine if any illegal immigrants in federal prisons should be deported after their sentences are up, The Daily Caller is reporting.
“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,” Sessions said.
“This expansion and modernization of the Institutional Hearing Program gives us the tools to continue making Americans safe again in their communities.”
The program is designed to speed up the process rather than releasing the inmates to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility for further determination of their status.
Under the expanded program, 14 federal prisons and six contract facilities will now be included. Each of the facilities will have their video teleconference abilities increased, Fox News reported.
The Justice Department believes the improved procedures will also reduce costs to taxpayers, according to the news network.