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Advocacy groups to immigrants: Don’t travel to Florida

ICE arrests in Florida are way up.
Immigrant rights groups are asking immigrants to reconsider any Florida travels. Credit: Florida Immigrant Coalition
Immigrant rights groups are asking immigrants to reconsider any Florida travels. Credit: Florida Immigrant Coalition
Published Feb. 16, 2018

Immigrant rights groups have issued a statewide "emergency travel advisory" for immigrants in light of reports about Border Patrol searches at Greyhound bus stops and a new custody agreement between ICE and 17 Florida sheriffs.

"Travel to all areas of the state of Florida should be done with heightened caution," the advisory reads, which also points out that ICE arrests in the state are way up.

More than a dozen other organizations, including the Florida Immigrant Coalition, Mi Familia Vota, and United We Dream, announced the creation of their advisory in a series of press conferences this week.

They also released a map of Florida that shows counties where they believe immigrants are at "high" or "moderate" risk of racial profiling or civil liberties violations.

The advisory comes on the heels of an ICE announcement in January about a new detention policy in 17 Florida counties, including Pinellas and Hillsborough.

Also last month, passengers aboard a Greyhound bus in Miami captured video of Border Patrol agents asking travelers for identification and taking one woman into custody.

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