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Supreme Court to take up immigration detention case

Florida residents may be aware that some of President Donald Trump's more aggressive immigration policies have been challenged in the courts. Trump's administration has been embroiled in a long-running dispute with areas known as sanctuary cities where undocumented immigrants are offered protection and the authorities do not fully comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The detention of undocumented workers has been a particularly contentious matter, and the U.S. Supreme Court announced on March 19 that it would hear an appeal from the Trump administration in a case dealing with this issue.

Changes expected for existing immigration programs

Some residents in Florida began their journey to the United States as immigrants. Existing federal programs that manage immigration have long placed importance on reuniting families and allowing employers to sponsor the entry of workers. The Trump administration seeks to alter or eliminate some programs and base admission to the country on education and employment qualifications.

Having counsel makes huge difference for asylum seekers

Florida families may be affected by an ongoing controversy related to a key element in the process for seeking asylum in the United States. Undocumented immigrants who are physically present in the United States may seek asylum, which is a type of legal permission to stay, if they can show a credible fear of persecution in their home country.

Naturalization rates on the rise in the United States

In Florida and many other states, more immigrants are becoming eligible for naturalization. According to data compiled and recently reported by the Pew Research Center, the number of naturalizations increased by 37 percent from 2005 to 2015, a trend that resulted in nearly 20 million new U.S. citizens. Most of these immigrants were from Ecuador, India and Peru.

The debate over sanctuary cities rages on

Sanctuary cities have been a hot-button immigration issue in Florida and around the country in recent months. Immigrant advocacy groups say that these communities allow hard-working people to avoid persecution and live in peace, but those seeking tighter border controls claim that sanctuary cities are hotbeds of crime and violence. President Trump issued an executive order just days after taking office stripping federal funds from cities that harbor undocumented immigrants and refuse to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, but it was blocked by a federal judge for violating the Fifth and Tenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.

The IER may help entrepreneurs stay in the United States

Those who wish to start businesses in Florida or other states may now have access to the International Entrepreneur Rule. The IER allows entrepreneurs born outside of the United States the chance to obtain temporary residency status. This is sometimes referred to as the "startup visa." However, this is technically incorrect as it is a parole period granted via executive order by former President Barack Obama.

How immigration status may impact child custody rights

Florida residents and others that have family members that are undocumented may eventually be separated from their loved ones. This may take a toll on children that are separated from their parents. In some cases, children could end up in foster care or otherwise in the custody of another party. While parents may attempt to get their children back, this may be harder to do when living in a detention facility or while out of the country.

How does the travel ban affect Venezuelans?

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily lifted the restrictions to President Donald Trump’s travel ban, allowing it to go into effect while the lower courts determine its merits. Whether or not the travel ban will go into permanent effect will depend on lower court opinions.

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