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Supreme Court ruling good news for immigrants in Florida

In a major defeat of the Trump Administration's policy banning asylum to migrants who illegally enter United States, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts joined the Court's four liberal justices in striking down the ban on December 21, 2018. The Trump administration had instituted the ban the preceding November, prompting a federal judge in California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth District to declare the ban unconstitutional.

Federal judge rules against new Trump asylum rules

On Dec. 19, a federal judge ruled that new Trump administration policies denying immigrants the option of claiming asylum due to gang violence or domestic violence violate U.S. immigration laws. The ruling, which was issued in a U.S. District Court, orders the government to cease using the new rules and to stop deporting immigrants from Florida and elsewhere without providing credible fear determinations, which are required by existing law.

Can you be deported with a green card?

While a green card does give you the right to stay in the United States and work, it does not necessarily protect you against deportation. However, if you have done nothing wrong and have not left the United States for extended periods of time, then your green card should remain valid and be accepted.

New immigration law is costly and likely unlawful

Officials from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services have proposed a new law that would change the quota system for H-1B petitions. Currently, there is an exemption limit of 20,000 candidates with a U.S. master's degree or higher and a 65,000 limit for all other eligible petitioners. The new law would change the lottery for this quota system in favor of letting more U.S.-educated candidates into Florida and the rest of the country.

Asylum seekers could be at risk in Mexico

Migrant justice advocates in Florida and across the country are concerned about the potential violence or harm that Central American migrants may face as a result of U.S. President Trump's announced policy at the southern border. The Trump administration wants thousands of migrants from Central America, many of whom are seeking asylum from violence or persecution, to remain in Mexico while their asylum cases wind through the U.S. legal system. However, advocates warn that these vulnerable people could be subjected to additional trauma if they are forced to remain in Mexico.

Americans find immigration to be top issue

For residents of Florida or any other state, illegal immigration may be a top concern. According to a November 2018 Gallup poll, 21 percent of respondents said that it was the top problem facing the United States. That was up from 13 percent in October, and it was just below the record 22 percent of respondents who listed it as the top issue in July.

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