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Supreme Court rules in favor of immigrant

Undocumented immigrants who live in Florida or any other state are not allowed to purchase or possess guns. This is true even if the individual originally came to the country on a valid visa that later expired. However, if an immigrant doesn't know that what they are doing is illegal, the government may not be able to get a conviction. That was what the Supreme Court ruled in a case involving a man who spent time at the Florida Institute of Technology.

New rules could make it harder to get asylum

If President Trump gets his way, it may be harder for immigrants to make their way to Florida or other states to seek asylum. Under a "safe third country" plan, immigrants would be required to first apply for asylum in Mexico or another country. The president also wants immigrants to wait in Mexico until their cases are resolved, which can take months or years to occur.

Special protections limited for some migrant children

For some migrant children entering the United States alone in states like Florida, special protections will no longer be available. This new policy means that some children will no longer get to make claims in front of a United States Citizenship and Immigration Services asylum officer instead of an immigration judge. U.S. immigration authorities, under direction from the Trump Administration, continue to implement further restrictions on immigration in an effort to reduce the amount of people coming over the southern border.

Proposal could eliminate backlogged green-card applications

Many people in Florida are concerned about how proposed immigration reforms might affect their own status, especially people waiting on long-backlogged lists. One plan proposed by the Trump administration would eliminate the applications for over 4 million people currently waiting for green card approval in family-based and employment-based immigration categories. Even people who have been waiting for years to have their applications reviewed would have them canceled. They would be required to resubmit their applications under a new system, based on points.

Additional 30,000 H-2B visas to be issued in 2019

Many employers in states like Florida with economies that are heavily dependent on tourism have been petitioning Congress for years to increase the annual H-2B visa quota. Due largely to a surging economy and plummeting unemployment rates, the departments of Labor and Homeland Security supported increased H-2B allocations in 2017 and 2018, and 15,000 visas were added to the 66,000 yearly cap. On May 8, a temporary rule is expected to be published in the Federal Register that increases the 2019 H-2B visa quota by 30,000.

Trump wants changes to asylum system

Florida residents may be aware that President Trump has made cracking down on illegal immigration a top priority. Recently, the Trump administration has called for changes to the way that asylum seekers are processed. Among those changes include a proposal to charge individuals seeking asylum a fee as well as not allowing some to work in the United States. This has drawn criticism from immigration advocates as well as some lawmakers.

Uproar causes immigration case to be revisited

Immigrants who call Florida their home may have some understanding of how deportation works. Generally speaking, anyone who is not in the country legally could be sent back to their country of origin. This may be true even if the individual is a child. One case involving an 11-year-old was reopened after a judge initially ordered her to be sent back home without her mother or sister. It is believed that a clerical error resulted in the order to sent the child home alone.

Visa application rejections soaring on public-charge grounds

The U.S. Department of State has been disappointing increasing numbers of visa applicants hoping for permission to live legally in Florida or elsewhere in the United States. A procedural change to the State Department's foreign affairs manual has given diplomats greater leeway to reject applications, especially if they believe that an applicant might use public services.

Judge issues injunction in immigration case

Individuals who are seeking asylum in the United States cannot be sent to Mexico while their cases are pending. Instead, they have the right to remain in Florida or other states until a judge can hear their case. This is according to a ruling from a federal judge in a matter involving 11 individuals from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. The judge has ordered that the individuals be allowed into the country within two days.

President threatens to close border with Mexico

Those living in Florida and across the nation may be aware of President Trump's desire to America's immigration policies. He has recently threatened to close the border with Mexico in an effort to stop what he perceives as a flow of drugs and criminals into the country. President Trump sent out a series of tweets explaining his position on the matter, and he blamed the immigration problem on weakness by the Democrats.

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