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End of TPS status for some immigrants halted by federal judge

Some immigrants who are living in Florida with what is known as Temporary Protected Status have had their pending deportations halted by a federal judge. On Oct. 3, a California judge issued a preliminary injunction after immigrants filed a lawsuit.

Trump changes visa policy for same-sex partners of diplomats

In more than 70 countries around the world, a same-sex relationship might be punishable by law, which could create problems for diplomats in Florida and the rest of the U.S. under a new Trump administration policy. The U.S. State Department will not provide visas to same-sex partners of diplomats or United Nations staff unless the couple is married. This could put some in the position of getting married and risking punishment at home or not getting married and having their partner's visa denied.

Immigrants could be denied green cards after public assistance

Some Florida immigrants who are already in the country legally and who hope to obtain a green card or another type of visa may have a roadblock in their path if a proposal by the Trump administration is successful. On Sept. 22, the administration proposed a rule that would disqualify immigrants who had received public benefits including public housing, food stamps or Medicaid. Following a period of public comment, the proposal may become a rule.

New policy may hinder immigrants

Those who try to immigrate to Florida can be denied a visa or green card if there are mistakes on their applications. The new policy started on Sept. 11, and it replaces the old policy that required individuals to receive notices of any errors on their applications. While they may still receive one, there is no obligation on the part of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials to do so.

Government to challenge Flores agreement

Florida residents may have heard about the Flores agreement, which led to the resolution of a 1997 court case. It says that immigrant children can only be kept in detention facilities for about 20 days. However, the Trump administration has announced that it is going to try to get around that arrangement. It is part of the administration's efforts to enact a zero tolerance policy as it relates to immigration.

Border birth records causing denial and revocation of passports

A sudden increase in the U.S. Department of State denying passports to citizens has raised concerns among citizens and immigrants in Florida. The newly aggressive moves by the State Department have even included revoking passports previously issued to citizens because they were born near the Mexico border.

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.

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.

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