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July 2018 Archives

Government changes asylum rules

Individuals claiming fear of gang or domestic violence in their home country will automatically have their applications for asylum rejected. This is according to new guidance issued by the Trump administration. It comes about a month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that victims of such violence no longer qualified for protection within the United States. However, individuals can still come to Florida or other states and ask for asylum on other grounds.

Reunified families allowed to remain in the United States

Florida residents may be aware of the controversy surrounding recent immigration policy. While the Trump administration wanted to separate parents and children upon entering the country, a judge ordered them to be reunited. On July 16, another judge ordered that those who have been reunified and are seeking asylum be granted a week to pursue their asylum requests. A stay was granted after the ACLU filed a motion arguing that individuals were legally entitled to ask for it.

Understanding removal proceedings

If you do not have legal immigration status in the United States, you may be at risk of receiving a Notice to Appear in the mail. When issued this notice, a series of events begins that could lead to your removal from the country. This can be a scary time for families as your hopes and plans are at stake. You may benefit from working with a deportation attorney to navigate and defend your proceeding.

The role of medical records in an asylum case

In Florida and throughout the country, there is an intense debate about granting asylum to those who seek it in the United States. However, the Highland Human Rights Clinic and others like it are trying to help corroborate a person's story by finding physical evidence of abuse. Evidence may include burn marks, broken bones that haven't set properly or bullet wounds on a person's body.