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Artists' visas could be more difficult to obtain

When people in Florida organize cultural events, they may often want to invite artists and performers from around the world. However, around all of the news about the Trump administration's immigration crackdown, it may not come as a surprise that many event organizers around the country are reporting ongoing problems securing visas for their international guests. Dancers from the Paris and Bolshoi ballets have been denied artist visas to the United States as have South Korean dancers from another troupe.

Judge orders action in separated families case

The debate over immigration in Florida and around the country has heated up in recent months in response to media stories about families of undocumented immigrants being separated and children being placed in detention facilities. The Trump administration subsequently bowed to public pressure and put an end to the controversial program. However, a new row has developed over the zealousness with which immigrants detained while it was in effect are being deported.

ACLU accuses immigration agents of entrapping people illegally

Some Florida residents obtain their documentation to stay in the United States legally through marriage to a citizen. Federal regulations established during the Obama administration allow undocumented people to live with citizen spouses while pursuing their green cards. Despite the legality of this process, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement because of allegedly undermining this right. According to court filings, these two organizations within the Department of Homeland Security have been conspiring to arrest and deport people engaged in the lawful process of green card applications.

You must protect yourself from immigration fraud

Working toward your immigration goals is a difficult process, with many opportunities for complications to arise. Add to this the political tensions around immigration and the many parties seeking to take advantage of immigrants, and it is a wonder that anyone is able to achieve their immigration goals at all.

Investor visa program set to expire in weeks

The EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program is set to expire on Sept. 30, and there are calls to change the requirements for earning one. Currently, someone willing to invest in businesses located in Georgia or other states can obtain a green card. The minimum investment is either $500,000 or $1 million depending on where the funds are used. However, some say that the amounts should be increased to $1.35 and $1.8 million.

Migrant families may not all be reunited

By July 25, the federal government was required to have all migrant children and parents who were separated to be reunited. As of July 22, the government said that 879 parents had been reunited with their kids while another 538 were cleared to rejoin their children. However, there were more than 450 parents who had been deported prior to getting their sons or daughters back.

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