There may be fewer refugees in Florida and the rest of the country if the Trump administration has its way in 2020. Reportedly, one official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services wants to cut the number of refugees allowed into the country to zero. Other suggestions from the Department of Homeland Security range from 3,000 to 10,000. This is substantially less than the roughly 95,000 refugees the country has accepted every year since 1980.
Effective July 16, immigrants who passed through another country prior to reaching Florida or other states are no longer eligible for asylum. According to the Department of Homeland Security, 5 to 40% of immigrants seeking asylum in the past decade have failed to pass the credible fear test. Research from Syracuse University also found that the number of asylum denials increased in 2017. Attorney General William Barr said that the new rule will decrease what he called "forum shopping" by economic migrants.
When a person has entered the United States illegally, they may be at risk of extradition. Removal proceedings, commonly known as the deportation process, are used to determine whether or not a foreign national will be expelled from the U.S.
Florida residents are likely aware that immigration has become one of the nation's most contentious political issues. President Trump has referred to the situation at the U.S.-Mexico border as a crisis, and many of the measures he has taken to address the problem have been criticized by his opponents and challenged in the courts by civil rights groups. One such case was argued before a federal judge on July 2, and the outcome was another setback for the Trump administration.
Florida residents may have heard about the controversy over conditions that migrants face after entering the United States. The House voted to approve a bill that would send $4.5 billion to border states as a humanitarian gesture. However, it is unlikely that the president would sign such a bill into law. It is also uncertain whether the Senate would approve the same version of the bill that the House passed.