Florida residents may have seen news reports in the days leading up to the midterm elections about a caravan of immigrants from Central America making their way north to the Mexican border. The caravan has now reached Tijuana, and many of its approximately 3,000 members are said to be planning to seek asylum in the United States. Asylum has traditionally been offered to immigrants who are already inside the United States, but that all changed on Nov. 9 when President Trump issued a proclamation that changed the asylum rules.
Florida residents will likely have seen news reports about a caravan of migrants making their way to the United States from Honduras in the days and weeks leading up to the recent midterm elections. The migrants told reporters that they were fleeing desperate conditions in their home country and planned to seek asylum in America, but those plans were dealt a blow on Nov. 8 when the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security announced strict new rules for asylum seekers.
While a lot of immigration attention recently has focused on migrants and workers with specialty occupations, the number of K-1 visa for fiancés to U.S. citizens has been rising dramatically.
The Justice Department is pursuing its case to stop a program that could affect many people in Florida. Formally known as Delayed Action for Childhood Arrivals, DACA was launched by the Obama administration to protect undocumented immigrants who came to the United States when they were children. Multiple cases are proceeding in federal courts across the country, including those in California, New York and the District of Columbia. Now, the Justice Department is calling on the Supreme Court to intervene in all three cases, before an expected verdict from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Florida residents may have heard about a migrant caravan crossing into Mexico recently. Its stated goal is to come to the United States, and President Trump has vowed to deny asylum to some or all in the caravan who attempt to enter the country. However, it is unclear whether or not the president has the power to do so. At a minimum, such a move would be challenged in court.