After the Trump administration's family separation policies at the southern border provoked widespread outrage in Florida and around the world, parents who were denied asylum could have a second chance to make their case. This arrangement comes as part of an agreement reached between the Department of Justice and attorneys representing the families subjected to the separation policy. According to the text of the settlement submitted to a federal court for approval, up to 1,000 families may have the opportunity for a new asylum hearing.
Florida immigrants who face persecution or severe threats if sent back to their countries of origin may seek to pursue political asylum claims when challenging deportation. The policy of separating immigrant parents from their children in detention has unleashed a firestorm of criticism across the country. While no parents want to be separated from their kids, some parents are refusing to sign deportation orders for their children in order to give them a better chance, even when they are denied that opportunity themselves.
Florida readers may be interested to learn that a U.S. district judge has asked the U.S. government to team with the American Civil Liberties Union to develop an asylum solution for migrant families who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The request was made on Aug. 17, the day after the same judge extended a deportation freeze on families who had been recently reunited.
Those who seek asylum in the United States may have the right to remain in Florida or other states while their cases are pending. On Aug. 9, a judge ordered the Trump administration to halt the deportation of a mother and child who were battling to stay in the country. The two were returned from El Salvador to the United States so that the federal government could comply with the order.
Florida immigration advocates may have heard that, on Aug. 7, the American Civil Liberties Union sued the government for not offering asylum to 12 parents and children. The lawsuit argues that the decision of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to refuse asylum to victims of domestic or gang violence should be invalidated.
Individuals claiming fear of gang or domestic violence in their home country will automatically have their applications for asylum rejected. This is according to new guidance issued by the Trump administration. It comes about a month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions declared that victims of such violence no longer qualified for protection within the United States. However, individuals can still come to Florida or other states and ask for asylum on other grounds.
In Florida and throughout the country, there is an intense debate about granting asylum to those who seek it in the United States. However, the Highland Human Rights Clinic and others like it are trying to help corroborate a person's story by finding physical evidence of abuse. Evidence may include burn marks, broken bones that haven't set properly or bullet wounds on a person's body.
A federal judge has ruled that the Trump administration may not arbitrarily detain immigrants seeking asylum in the United States. The decision, which was handed down on July 2, could impact immigrants living in Florida.
People who have fled persecution in their home countries to reach Florida and elsewhere in the United States may be able to seek asylum. You may be granted asylum and be allowed to live and work in this country if you came to the U.S. because you were being persecuted on the basis of religion, race, political opinion, nationality or membership in a social group.
Those who come to Florida or any other state can seek asylum to escape political persecution or fear of violence in their home countries. However, it is unclear whether victims of domestic violence qualify for asylum. That is a question that Attorney General Jeff Sessions is attempting to answer. He is of the opinion that domestic violence is a private criminal matter as opposed to formal government persecution.