The backlog of immigration cases in courts in Miami are growing. Why are these cases increasing at unusual rates? The new administration has resulted in a shift of culture within the courts. Courts are forced to shift from a focus on discretion with each individual case to one of enforcement.
President Donald Trump made it clear during his campaign that he would be tough on immigration. Anyone that entered the country without following proper protocol was put on notice - deportation was imminent. In response to this tough stance, many local leaders publicly announced that their city would be a sanctuary to these immigrants.
In a national story, a soccer coach is running out of time. He is in the process of trying to avoid deportation as his family pleads with immigration not to send him away.
There is a fair amount of discussion throughout the nation including the Miami area about the deportation of individuals who entered the United States at some point without authorization. In many circles however, that is where the conversation stops. But just who are the people who are actually facing that process?
Since this past August when applications began to be accepted, many undocumented immigrants throughout the nation, including in Miami, have applied for deferred action under the Executive Order issued by President Obama. Thus far, a total of 309,000 have applied for the deportation protection and 53,000 have obtained approval. The number of applicants is much lower than the Migration Policy Institute estimated would apply. About 75 percent lower to be exact. It estimates that 1.26 million people are eligible for the protection.
Many undocumented immigrants throughout the nation dream of obtaining a green card that would allow them to live and work in the United States without fear of being deported due to their status. It is likely that there are some individuals in Miami who can identify with this sentiment. What many may not realize is that the green card does not always prevent a deportation action from occurring.
For many undocumented immigrants living in the United States, one of the scariest possibilities is being deported to the country of their birth. These deportations can arise in many different situations that all may not be aware of.
For many residents of the Miami area deportation is just a word. For countless others however it is a real possibility. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the number of undocumented immigrants deported in 2011 was 396,906. Many, but not all of those deported, had criminal records.
There are many people from other countries currently living in the state of Florida on a temporary basis who would like to make it permanent. As they are likely aware there are many ways in which to pursue this. Many of these avenues are complicated however with a multitude of conditions that must be met. As individuals who are in the U.S. without documentation attempt to navigate the immigration system, they may be the subject of a deportation proceeding.
Under the Obama administration, at least some undocumented immigrants have been granted leniency from deportation. Most recently, 29 applicants for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been approved. These 29 individuals are now eligible to receive work permits and will be allowed to stay in the U.S. for the next two years.