Immigrants warned about Florida travel as arrests soar
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MIAMI — More than a dozen advocacy groups issued a warning about
Leaders from immigrant rights and
The travel advisory issued by 15 groups warns immigrants from other states to reconsider Florida trips or to be ready to encounter immigration agents at airports, sea ports and bus stations.
"We are taking the step of warning our communities that as the Florida lawmakers, state, local and federal do not take steps to push back against the anti-immigrant policies, we do not feel like our communities are safe in the state," said Tomas Kennedy, deputy political director at the Florida Immigrant Coalition.
The advisory comes as Florida braces for its busy spring break season in March, when its beach resorts and theme parks attract millions of people. The government estimated more than 4 million
Activists staged several rallies across the state Wednesday, including at Greyhound bus stations — where at least two recent Border Patrol arrests of passengers were caught on cellphone videos. Federal lawmakers have demanded a review of searches and seizures in the 100-mile (
Recently other groups have advised
Although Texas saw large numbers of immigration arrests from October 2016 to September 2017, Florida had the largest increase when comparing numbers to the previous fiscal year. Arrests went up by 76
Also, the agency last month in Florida unveiled what it called a template of a nationwide model that gives law enforcement agencies the power to hold immigrants who have been arrested for other