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August 2019 Archives

Trump to allow indefinite detention of migrant families

On Aug. 21, the Trump administration announced a new rule allowing U.S. immigration officials to detain migrant families in Florida and elsewhere indefinitely while their asylum cases await a hearing before an immigration judge. Previously, the government was required to release detained migrants within 20 days.

Deportation and deportation defenses

Immigrants in Florida and around the country may face deportation proceedings when they violate immigration laws or are convicted of committing crimes. Those who are removed could be prevented from ever reentering the United States even as a tourist. However, immigrants facing deportation have legal rights and can mount an aggressive defense. Deportation defenses are generally based on either constitutional or procedural grounds.

Lawsuit aims to stop expanded deportation rules

Migrants who have been in the United States for less than two years could be deported without seeing a judge according to a new Trump administration policy. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and others have filed a lawsuit asking that the new expedited powers policy not go into effect. The suit claims that it could lead to citizens in Florida or elsewhere being deported by mistake. In 2000, a woman was deported to Jamaica despite being a United States citizen.

Asylum seekers sent across the border to Mexico

Some Florida residents may have heard about a new policy that involves sending asylum seekers back to Mexico to await a decision on their fate. Thousands of people have been sent back across the border. Many are from Cuba and Central America, while others are from Peru and Cameroon.

White House suffers setback in immigration battle

Florida residents who are following the legal battles over President Trump's attempts to stem the flow of Central American migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border may be aware that the administration's attorneys had an eventful day on July 24. In the morning, a federal judge in Washington, D.C. chose not to block a rule that would require migrants to file their asylum claims in a third country rather than continuing to the United States. In the afternoon, a judge in San Francisco issued a preliminary injunction order that temporarily suspends the controversial rule.