If you have ever made friends with someone who immigrated to the United States, you probably recognize the richness he or she added to your life. Trying ethnic foods, learning new words and having exposure to different cultural norms likely helped expand your mind. As your friendship grew, you probably came to understand that though your backgrounds were different, you connected regardless.
The children of immigrant families born in Florida generally expect their citizenship to protect them from immigration enforcement actions, but being born in the country does not prevent mistakes like unnecessary incarceration. The family of a man who was inappropriately taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to receive any answers about why the agency threatened him with deportation.
When foreign nationals come to the United States seeking asylum, there are two different applications available to them. Which one is right for any particular migrant depends upon whether removal proceedings have begun against them. Some parts of each asylum application are the same, but there are also very important differences that each person must carefully consider.
Undocumented immigrants living in Florida may have a path to becoming a legal resident. However, it involves leaving the country for a decade before return. Those who believe that doing so would cause a significant hardship can ask for that requirement to be waived. This is referred to as a "601 waiver." However, even if it is granted, there is no guarantee that the applicant will be given permanent resident status.
Florida residents may be aware of a shift in policy that would see the United States keep its asylum seekers in Mexico while their cases are being heard. There are currently more than 800,000 cases pending, and the new policy could mean that immigrants will live in Mexico for months or years. Immigration judges are also left wondering how the policy will impact how they hear cases.