For many immigrants in Florida, worries about detention may loom large. An increasing amount of attention has been drawn to detention and deportation due to the shifting immigration policies of the Trump administration, even as migrant justice advocates have been working for years to change the conditions and reduce the usage of detention for immigrants.
Florida readers might be interested to learn that rapper 21 Savage was released on bond from a Georgia immigration detention center on Feb. 12. The 26-year-old U.K. national was detained by officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 3 while on his way to a performance in Atlanta.
As part of a project sponsored by San Diego State University, volunteers wrote letters to asylum seekers detained by the United States government at a private detention center in Otay Mesa, California. In February 2019, the university released hundreds of letters written by the asylum seekers in response. The letters written by the detainees have been digitized and made available to the public online. Observers report that the letters serve to humanize the asylum seekers and, as a result, make the public more sympathetic to their plight and that of immigrants in Florida seeking to obtain permanent residency in the United States.
People in Florida may find themselves facing a deportation order after committing a crime or overstaying a visa. Both documented and undocumented immigrants may be deported from the United States.
Immigrants in Florida who are seeking asylum might be less likely to be placed in detention if a budget amendment introduced in Congress is successful. Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Washington, introduced the amendment, which was approved by the House of Representatives in January.