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June 2018 Archives

Family reunification linked to deportation

The separation of children from their parents during immigration detention has sparked awareness and outrage from people in Florida and across the country. Now, parents are being offered voluntary departure orders by government officials, being told it will speed their cases and that they will be reunified with their separated children before deportation. This is raising alarms among immigration attorneys and advocates for the rights of migrants, because they note that many parents may not fully understand what they are agreeing to before signing the document.

How to seek asylum

People who have fled persecution in their home countries to reach Florida and elsewhere in the United States may be able to seek asylum. You may be granted asylum and be allowed to live and work in this country if you came to the U.S. because you were being persecuted on the basis of religion, race, political opinion, nationality or membership in a social group.

If a green card holder faces charges

Current events have many in Florida questioning the validity of their green card. Due to the Trump administration’s larger efforts to deport immigrants with criminal backgrounds, immigrants who have any convictions or pending charges are at risk facing potential arrest and deportation by ICE.

Domestic violence victims might not be granted protection

Those who come to Florida or any other state can seek asylum to escape political persecution or fear of violence in their home countries. However, it is unclear whether victims of domestic violence qualify for asylum. That is a question that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is attempting to answer. He is of the opinion that domestic violence is a private criminal matter as opposed to formal government persecution.

Deciding which type of asylum case to pursue

Depending on the facts of a given case, an individual may file either an affirmative or defensive asylum application. An affirmative asylum case begins by filing Form I-589, and after the form is received, an individual will be interviewed by an asylum officer. To file this form, an individual must have been in Florida or anywhere else in the United States within a year of doing so.