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Florida case raises questions about retroactivity and criminal deportation

Under a 2010 Supreme Court ruling, immigrants can challenge removal proceedings if they pled guilty to a crime without being informed they could be deported for doing so. The question remains whether that law can be applied retroactively. In the 2010 case, a conviction was thrown out because the defendant's lawyers failed to warn him that he would be deported upon pleading guilty.

ACLU fights mandatory jail time for detainees

Immigrants who are arrested or charged with a crime can face severe penalties, including mandatory incarceration. Even legal U.S. residents face mandatory jail time and potentially deportation over a minor or non-violent crime. Immigrants in Miami, Florida and nationwide may be impacted by a current lawsuit brought by the ACLU on behalf of detainees.

Spike in number of Cubans who enter U.S. through Mexico

According to Mexican immigration records, the number of Cubans who enter the U.S. through Mexico is up by 400 percent. This year alone, 2,300 Cubans have been detained in Mexico en route to the U.S. Authorities expect this number to reach 3,500 by December, a number that has far exceeded last year's records which only documented 762 detained Cubans.

A glimpse into one young immigrant's reprieve and relief

Since Obama's deferred action immigration policy passed, 180,000 immigrants have applied for consideration and 4,591 have been approved since Oct. 10. The program could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.

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