When people from another country break the law in Miami, or are unable to produce papers showing that they are legally allowed to be in the U.S., they can be put into a deportation unit run by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Once placed in the unit, the immigrant will either remain there until they are deported back to their country of origin, or they may be able to obtain a release. Current immigration law does not offer those being held in such units much chance of being able to stay without vigorous appeals from family.
A natural disaster can have a huge impact on a community. As residents of Miami and throughout Florida know, a hurricane can mean displacement, job loss and financial devastation for years. Not surprisingly, undocumented workers and immigrants can face additional challenges after a storm. For many immigrants in New York and New Jersey, the storm means living in the shadows without assistance or work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Immigration reform is generating strong opinions from both sides of the political spectrum. While some of the debate has evolved around protecting jobs on U.S. soil, immigration reform is also necessary to address the crackdown on undocumented workers which is already hurting the farming industry. Attacking this population of the workforce is likely to spread to other industries, including construction.
According to recent reports, less than 15 percent of young immigrants have applied for Obama's deferred action plan that would allow them to remain in the country for two years with the possibility of obtaining a work permit. Of the 1.3 million young immigrants who would qualify for the plan that took effect in August, 100,000 of these potential applicants reside in Florida.
When Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a South Florida man to Honduras, he thought he would not be able to return to the United States to his family or his 5-year-old daughter. According to this family, the ICE then revoked it's decision and is now making efforts to help him return.
Immigration has slowed, decreasing the proportion of Latin Americans in Florida and nationwide. According to new research, immigration had its smallest increase in a decade and the increase of 400,000 immigrants was the smallest number in a decade. The overall proportion of Latin Americans fell from 54 percent to 52.6 percent last year. The number of immigrants from Asia and Africa rose, in comparison.