The Justice Department sent letters on Friday formally asking California and 8 sanctuary cities, including Miami, to provide proof that they are cooperating with the federal government’s immigration policy or face the loss of federal grants. All the cities concerned have policies or laws that restrict the ability of local or state law enforcement agencies to cooperate with federal immigration officers and surrender illegal immigrants.
If you are concerned about your immigration status, please contact our Miami lawyer.
According to the Miami Herald, a bill currently under review by the Florida Legislature would increase the penalties on immigrants illegally in the United States. But the bill also raises the question of the constitutional rights of undocumented immigrants. Even though due process is a constitutional right, recent court decisions make it unclear whether illegal immigrants would have the same rights as citizens.
If you are concerned about your immigration status, please contact attorney Ilaria Cacopardo to discuss your situation.