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March 2019 Archives

DACA recipient and flight attendant held in immigration custody

Under the Trump administration's policies, DACA recipients in Florida and the rest of the country are not permitted to travel outside the United States. When a 28-year-old flight attendant for Mesa Airlines traveled on a flight to Mexico for work, she was detained by immigration on the flight's return to Texas. She was released on March 22 after more than a month in custody.

Supreme Court ruling troubles immigrants with criminal records

A Supreme Court ruling has prompted concern among immigrants and their loved ones in Florida, especially if they are close to someone with a previous criminal conviction. According to the ruling, the government can detain immigrants with prior criminal records, even if years have since followed their release from criminal detention. They can be held in immigration detention without a bond hearing according to the 5-4 decision, split along common political lines.

Ninth Circuit rules denied asylum seekers have appeal rights

A recent ruling in the Ninth Circuit might give hope to asylum seekers in Florida and throughout the US. The ruling dealt with asylum seekers who are denied refugee status by Customs and Border Patrol agents who find that they do not meet the credible fear test.

5 things you should know about immigration removal proceedings

Many people in Florida live in fear of deportation. If ICE has detained you or a loved one and you worry the government may deport you, this can be a very scary time for your family. In order to prepare for the road ahead, you need to understand what happens during a removal proceeding. Here are five things you should know:

Asylum-seekers travel across the country while they wait

Seeking asylum has been in the news in Florida and throughout the country for some time. Some people remain unaware that entering the U.S. to seek asylum is legal. People are allowed to present themselves to a border patrol agent and to ask for asylum. They are then interviewed, and if they meet the credible fear test, they are allowed to remain in the U.S. while their asylum cases are processed.