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Asylum seekers affected as Supreme Court allows rule to proceed

As the legal battle continues over President Donald Trump's asylum-restricting policies, many Florida residents are concerned about the next steps for people seeking asylum. The U.S. Supreme Court allowed the Trump administration's rules to go into effect while the legal challenges work their way through the courts. The administration is directing asylum officers and immigration judges to implement the rules moving forward. While it claims that it is cutting down on false claims, immigration lawyers and other advocates have warned that the policy risks putting highly vulnerable people at greater risk and denying their fundamental human rights.

It is expected by many observers that the legal fight will continue past the 2020 elections and that tens of thousands of asylum claims will be denied in the meantime. There are two ways that people seek asylum after crossing the border from Mexico. Some present themselves at a port of entry, but long wait lists have developed here as harsh limits have been imposed on the number of claims handled each day. People who cross the border extralegally then can turn themselves in to the first agents they encounter, asking for refuge.

Request pending for court to address third-country asylum ban

People seeking asylum in Florida will have to continue to wait to see if the Trump administration's third-country asylum ban goes into effect. A federal court placed a nationwide injunction on the policy that bars people from seeking asylum in the United States if they have passed through a third country without asking for asylum there first. The Trump administration has filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States asking the high court to rule in favor of the ban. The request is pending.

Legal requirements needed for a marriage-based visa or green card

If you’re an immigrant and want to become a United States citizen or permanent resident, you can do so through marriage, but your spouse must be a United states citizen or permanent resident. To be eligible to apply for citizenship or residence, you and your partner must meet four criteria: you two are legally married, your marriage in bona-fide (more information below,) proof that your spouse is a United States citizen or has been provided a green card for permanent residence and proof that neither you or your spouse are currently married to anybody else.

Would you volunteer for removal to get out of jail?

When you entered the U.S., you may have had many goals in mind. Perhaps you wanted to find work that would offer a future, or maybe you were looking to reunite with your family. However, it is possible you also had many fears and concerns when coming to this country and settling in Florida. Chief among those concerns may have been the potential for deportation, or removal, especially if you entered the U.S. unlawfully.

White House asks Supreme Court to rule on asylum injunction

Florida residents are likely aware that President Donald Trump's immigration policies have sparked fierce debate in the nation's capital and contentious legal battles in its federal courts. One of the president's most sweeping moves was a rule announced on July 15 that all but eliminated asylum claims at the U.S.-Mexico border by requiring asylum seekers to submit their petitions in the first safe country they enter.