An immigration detention center in Florida has raised concerns among immigrant advocates. They say U.S. immigration law officials should do more to protect children's best interests. In fact, they say they have reason to believe children at this particular facility are at great risk due to substandard care.
A particular website featured a university in another state. Students enrolled in the school, including many who happened to be immigrants. It has now been disclosed that the school is fake and was set up by U.S. immigration law officials, in particular the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security. The situation has led to the arrest of a Florida man, who is accused, along with several others, of conspiring to help hundreds of foreign nationals remain in the United States without proper documentation.
The Department of Health and Human Services currently has many children under its care who arrived at borders to the United States, accompanied by adults. U.S. immigration law officials in Florida and elsewhere typically conduct background checks when adults come forward, saying they want to sponsor migrant children. Such background checks apparently didn't end so well for more than 170 immigrants who have since been detained.
Advocates speaking on behalf of immigrants in another state recently fired some pretty strong accusations against government officials. They say U.S. immigration law needs to change immediately, especially regarding how asylum seekers are being (or are not being) cared for in detention. In fact, such advocates say that the federal government is guilty of child abuse because of current adverse conditions, which witnesses claim are inhumane in a detention facility in their city and beyond. Florida immigrants may want to stay updated on the situation.
Many Florida immigrants and their families live in fear that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers will show up unannounced and take one or more of their family members away. Those who are living in the United States who have criminal records (even if they fulfilled their sentences) are reportedly among those at greatest risk for arrest and deportation. A man in another state was recently listed as eligible for immediate removal following an incident that resulted in a police officer's death. The situation has ignited contentious debate regarding U.S. immigration law, in particular, sanctuary issues.
A man is dead, and so are numerous others. What all the decedents had in common when they were alive was that they had emigrated to the United States from other countries of origin. In most of these situations, including, perhaps, some in Florida, the decedents' loved ones, as well as immigrant advocates speaking on their behalves, have spoken against U.S. immigration law, saying it does little to nothing to protect immigrant detainees from harm.
Many Florida residents have been surprised by unexpected visits from law enforcement officers to their homes. Such residents who also happen to be immigrants may worry that such visits are related to U.S. immigration law, especially if the officers are from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. It is critical for citizens and noncitizens alike to know their rights and how to protect them.
In Florida and beyond, immigration detentions have increased substantially over the past couple of decades, from detentions of about 7,000 in 1994 to about 44,000 in 2017. Many immigrant advocates have called for U.S. immigration law reform, especially concerning the manner in which many immigrants have reportedly been treated in detention. One advocate recently stated that when an immigrant has proved that there is no flight risk and also that the individual has a place to stay while the government processes the case, there is no reason to imprison someone when no crime has been been committed.
Many Florida residents have experienced times in their lives where people mistook their identities for others. If someone has a strong physical resemblance to another person, for instance, it is easy to understand how this might happen; however, if a person is as much as a whole foot shorter, it is less likely that his or her identity would be confused, even if there are facial similarities. U.S. immigration law officials reportedly made such a mistake, which led to a man's detention.
As Christmas draws near, many Florida families are getting ready for celebrations they will have with their relatives and friends. Many immigrants will be celebrating their first holidays in the United States. For one such family in another state, thinking of Christmas might not be so joyful, as it was around that time, last year, when their trouble began regarding U.S. immigration law.