President Trump had planned on ordering a series of raids aimed at finding and deporting immigrants throughout the country. However, he sent a Twitter message on June 22 saying that the raids had been delayed for two weeks. He said that lawmakers from Florida and throughout the country would have time to work out issues related to immigration at the border with Mexico. The president said that if efforts were unsuccessful, the raids would eventually take place.
Florida residents who are following the ongoing political debate over immigration will likely know that President Trump recently threatened to impose a tariff of 5% on all goods imported from Mexico. Those tariffs were put on hold when the Mexican government agreed to step up its efforts to stem the flow of migrants traveling from Central America to border crossing points in California, Arizona, and Texas. However, Trump now wants Mexico to go further by adopting a safe third country policy.
In 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stormed a factory outside of Los Angeles, where they interrogated and arrested 130 workers. The raid was the result of a 2006 tip, in which the agents learned of possibly hundreds of immigrants working illegally at Micro Solutions Enterprises, a printer cartridge manufacturer.
On June 4, the House of Representatives passed the American Promise and Dream Act by a vote of 237 to 187. If signed into law, it could protect those in Florida who have protected status or participate in the DACA program. President Trump has threatened to end DACA and rescind protected status for immigrants from countries such as El Salvador and Honduras. However, the courts have stopped those goals from being achieved.
Florida residents may be aware that several of President Donald Trump's more controversial immigration policies have been challenged in the courts. The latest such lawsuit was filed in Washington, D.C., on May 30 by the Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of 12 asylum seekers who have been denied bail. The plaintiffs allege that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has an unwritten policy of denying parole whenever possible to deter what it sees as widespread abuses of the asylum system.