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College dreams dashed by a 17-year-old immigration paperwork mistake - The Miami Herald

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This Week in South Florida - 9.4.16

Cheryl Little on Trump's recent immigration speech.

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Niegan asilo a madres indocumentadas detenidas en Pensilvania - Telemundo


The Mass Deportation Of Black Immigrants That You Haven’t Heard About - ThinkProgress

Last month, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency quietly deported dozens of African immigrants who were trying to seek asylum in the United States.

Sixty-three men who were unable to secure visas to stay in the country legally on humanitarian relief claims, according to a source within ICE who spoke to ThinkProgress on condition of anonymity. ​Activists who spoke with deported individuals said they were sent back to Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal.

Immigration activists believe that number may be closer to 90. They also say many of these men shouldn’t have been targeted by ICE in the first place because they had already passed theircredible fear interviews — a preliminary step in the asylum process to determine whether immigrants would be placed in grave danger if they’re returned to their home countries.

Some lawyers say that black immigrants have the odds stacked against them in the immigration court system. ICE generally requires immigrants to have a sponsor who’s a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident. The agency also has stringent requirements for identity documents, which is problematic for immigrants from countries like Somalia where the government didn’t always have the ability to issue those documents, according to Jessica Shulruff Schneider, a supervising attorney at the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

“Many of the individuals that are Africans don’t have close family members or friends to assist them from the outside,” said Shulruff Schneider. “It makes it virtually impossible to fight your case.”

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Buscan asistencia legal para indocumentados - Telemundo


Piden voluntarios para ayudar a familias de inmigrantes en el sur de la Florida - El Nuevo Herald

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Refugee children deserve their fair day in court - The Miami Herald

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Local 10 News takes tour of Homestead facility housing immigrant children

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Officials say unaccompanied children crossed border to escape violence

By Hatzel Vela - Reporter

About 200 immigrant children are now living at the former Job Corps site in Homestead, which reporters got an inside look into on Wednesday. The temporary shelter, which is the only one of its kind in Florida, opened June 13.The site was chosen because it's on federal land and has the capacity to hold up to 800 immigrant children. The children come to the facility 72 hours after being detained at the Mexican border. "These children generally arrive very traumatized," said Cheryl Little, who runs Americans for Immigrant Justice.


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Future Unknown For Refugee Children At Temporary South Florida Shelter - CBS Miami

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – It’s a new day in South Florida for hundreds of refugee children, but their future remains unknown. South Florida is now home to the only temporary shelter in the United States currently operating and taking in children – specifically teenagers – from Central American countries who authorities say were taken into custody at the U.S. border. CBS4 Chief Investigator Michele Gillen toured the government run shelter – a window into the dangerous crossings and hopeful escapes to freedom.

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Surge of Haitians at San Ysidro Port of Entry - The San Diego Union-Tribune

 — Surging numbers of Haitians and migrants from other countries have been arriving at the San Ysidro Port of Entry in recent days, hoping for admission to the United States. Early Thursday morning, more than 200 people were crowded inside the port’s pedestrian entrance as they awaited processing by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Men, women and children were huddled together, sleeping under blankets on the center’s tile floor, while lines of pedestrians continued stepping through to the United States. Outside the facility in Tijuana, about two dozen people gathered in the open air, waiting to be admitted — a group that included Haitians, Mexicans, and French-speaking men who said they were from the Congo.

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