Murky details of Marco Rubio's maternal grandfather's experience with U.S. immigration officials are making news this week, as the Associated Press unearthed federal records under a Freedom of Information Act request. The details, however, are as incomplete as the immigration records appear to be sketchy. The AP says that the maternal grandfather of a Florida U.S. Senators was ordered deported back to Cuba in 1962.
The Department of Homeland Security is expected to post a new proposed rule for public comment Monday. The new immigration rule as proposed would allow undocumented immigrants who are immediate family members of a legal resident to remain in the U.S. while seeking their own legal status in the country.
U.S. immigration law allows for a variety of family based visas. Spousal visas are available for many international couples. A U.S. citizen can petition for a spousal visa for a husband or wife who is a foreign national. Recently, there has been some confusion over how the family visa program should apply to married couples who are gay.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently turned to Florida immigration attorney Ira Kurzban's "Immigration Law Sourcebook" in interpreting derivative citizenship as a defense to a federal crime. The case involved a man who sought to challenge his convictions of two federal charges because his criminal defense attorney failed to raise the man's derivative U.S. citizenship as a defense to the alleged crimes based upon allegations that the man had lied about being a U.S. citizen on an application to purchase a firearm.
The Obama Administration is reportedly considering a change in the waiver rules to allow undocumented immigrant spouses and children of U.S. citizens who are in the U.S. to spend more time with their citizen relatives while seeking legal status. The news about the new rule spread Thursday after a senior government official commented about the proposal. The official has not been identified in the media.
An East Coast couple had a storybook romance. The woman got a flat tire and the knight in shining armor who repaired the car became her fiancée after a romance. The couple made their wedding plans and two years after meeting were on the doorstep of being husband and wife.
Immigration authorities say they have changed course again on how it will handle applications for green cards in cases involving same sex couples. Last week U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) officials announced that applications from foreign nationals married to a U.S. citizen of the same sex would be put on hold in light of the Obama administration's announcement that it will no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court. Shortly thereafter, USCIS spokesman Chris Bently said that government lawyers concluded DOMA must continue to be followed.
There can be many steps involved in seeking documented immigration status in the United States. From obtaining an employment, fiancé or family visa to obtaining permanent residency and citizenship. As with any important and complicated process, Florida immigration attorneys know that schemes to defraud people of their money can emerge in the realm if immigration.