Many immigrants who live in Florida emigrated from other countries and entered the United States through its southern border. U.S. immigration law allow individuals to request asylum at a border, at which time they may be taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody until their cases are processed. Recent data shows a stark increase since April 2020 of the adults and children being apprehended at the country’s Mexican border.
Close to 5,000 unaccompanied children are said to have been taken into custody by Southwest border patrol agents in Oct. 2020. This is more than a 700-person increase since April. There were also approximately 4,500 families apprehended during the same month, an increase of 716 since April.
During the month of November, at least 1,000 children were reportedly apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border within just six days. Data also shows that during for fiscal year 2020, there was more than a 50% decrease of people entering the United States without paperwork in order. It is not uncommon, however, for someone fleeing a war-torn country or life-threatening situation to not have paperwork in hand when requesting asylum at a U.S. border.
The legal challenges that may arise upon entering Florida or another state without the documents are many. U.S. immigration law includes stringent policies on such issues. The U.S. government often changes or updates its laws, though, which makes it confusing and difficult for someone who is newly settled here to know exactly what he or she must do to resolve a particular legal matter. In such cases, it pays to seek additional support by connecting with an experienced immigration law attorney.