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Protective Federal Immigration Enforcement Policies

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Community Advocate
Published: Aug. 30, 2023

Florida’s aggressive anti-immigrant laws imperil and harm thousands of noncitizen state residents, including the state’s estimated nearly 800,000 undocumented residents. However, noncitizens in Florida may be able to benefit from federal immigration policies. These federal policies guide immigration officers in deciding how and against whom to enforce immigration laws. Noncitizens may therefore use one or more of these policies to argue that they should not be subject to arrest or deportation by ICE, notwithstanding Florida’s state laws.