Many people who live in Florida entered the country as immigrants. Despite the hostility of the Trump administration toward Central Americans seeking asylum at the southern border with Mexico, a federal judge has ruled that immigration authorities must process asylum claims for dozens of adults and children who were separated at the border during 2018.
Many people in Florida have been concerned about how the Trump administration's widely publicized positions on immigration could affect refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution. According to a lawsuit filed by the Southern Poverty Law Center, asylum seekers on the border between the United States and Mexico have faced unlawful interference with their ability to file for asylum. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of 13 individuals seeking asylum and an immigrant legal services organization, challenges what it refers to as the "Turnback Policy" of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
Hurricane Michael was one of the most intense storms in U.S. history, and hurricane season still is not over yet. Many families in Florida find themselves dealing with the aftermath of the damages and fear what they will do next to recover or where they will go if another storm comes crashing down their area.
People in Florida and across the country may be concerned about the outcome of an immigration case that has reached the U.S. Supreme Court, particularly as the decision may hang on the votes of two Trump appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh. On Oct. 10, the high court heard arguments from Trump administration lawyers arguing for greater authority to detain immigrants pending deportation after the completion of criminal sentences. In some cases, these periods of detention could drag on for years after a jail or prison sentence expired.
Many families in Florida have been affected by immigration policy changes under the Trump administration. According to a federal report, the Department of Homeland Security did not properly plan for the "zero tolerance" policy that led to separation of over 2,500 families.