TY LAWSON/THE AMERICAN CREDIT The American Council on Education sued the Department of Education on Wednesday over its new immigration enforcement strategy.
The suit alleges that the Trump administration “ignores” the rule of law, “exaggerates the threat” posed by the so-called “deportable,” and claims that it violates the constitutional rights of immigrants.
The group said the Trump Administration’s new policy is “a cruel and unusual punishment” that “will be applied to every American without due process.”
The new immigration policy requires federal immigration authorities to seek deportation for any person who has been convicted of a crime that is “prohibited by law from being released.”
The Department of Justice has not yet released any specific policy or legal opinion regarding the new policy.
In a statement, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the department is reviewing the lawsuit.
She added that the department has a policy that allows for the removal of certain individuals if their removal poses a threat to public safety.
“The department’s enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws is one of the highest priorities of this administration,” DeVos said.
“As we consider all of the legal challenges that are filed in the courts, we will continue to defend our laws and uphold the integrity of our immigration system.”
The administration has said it is “not seeking to target” any individuals.
The Department of Homeland Security says it will not be involved in enforcing immigration law.
The Trump administration has previously cited the deportation force as a “critical tool” in stopping illegal immigration.
But the policy has drawn widespread criticism, with many Republicans and conservatives calling it a form of “sanctuary city” that allows local police to detain illegal immigrants without any charge being filed.