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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.

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.

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.

Some officials call for refugee admissions to be slashed

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.

New asylum rule set to take effect

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.

Immigration detention policy halted by federal judge

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.

Trump urges Mexico to adopt safe third country policy

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.

Asylum seekers allege unwritten ICE policy in lawsuit

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.