The United States saw a massive surge in undocumented immigrants from Central America last summer. This has contributed to the backlog in federal immigration courts being even worse. In fact, it is currently at a record high, with over 445,000 cases pending. This figure represents an increase of almost 30 percent from Oct. 1, 2013.
Some Florida residents may know that a green card signifies that its holder is a U.S. permanent resident and one who is able to lawfully reside in and work in this country. A green card serves as proof of one's immigration status and must be renewed.
When immigrants are found to be living in Florida unlawfully, they might be targeted for deportation. Furthermore, they will usually be inadmissible to the U.S. for 10 years after they are deported. Following the 10-year ban, a person who is deported may be able to reenter the U.S. and possibly obtain legal residency.
At a televised town hall forum on immigration in Miami on Feb. 25, President Obama responded to concerns about enforcement of new immigration policies. The Obama administration launched several new initiatives in November that will affect millions of undocumented immigrants and make it easier for them to obtain work permits and remain in the United States.
A lawsuit brought against the Obama administration by 26 states produced a ruling stating that President Obama's executive authority did not override the authority of Congress. The presiding judge likened the president's initiatives to a genie in a bottle and criticized the Obama administration for not opening the programs to public input or commentary prior to the attempt at implementation.
Individuals who wish to come to Florida as exchange visitors may be able to do so under the Exchange Visitor Program. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of State. The purpose of this program is to facilitate the exchange of skills and knowledge in the fields of science, arts and education. Public and private entities may be designated by the Department of State to act as exchange sponsors.
For immigrants who are living in Florida and throughout the United States, the pathway to citizenship may appear quite daunting. However, once a person becomes an American citizen, he or she can experience many benefits as outlined in the U.S. Constitution and federal laws. As part of the naturalized process, prospective citizens are required to take the Oath of Allegiance before they can enjoy the privileges and benefits of citizenship. In the oath, they promise to swear allegiance to the United States of America, which entails resigning any former allegiance to another government or nation. Moreover, they promise to uphold and protect the U.S. Constitution and laws and to serve to the country when necessary.
On Nov. 20, President Barack Obama released an immigration plan that may affect those who have either already settled in Florida or who are attempting to immigrate to Florida. In the address, Obama agreed that the current immigration system was not working and that changes needed to be made.
Our immigration law attorneys at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A., are prepared to help individuals in Florida who are facing possible deportation from the United States. Whether your case involves criminal convictions or allegations of immigration law violations, we are ready to put our extensive knowledge of immigration defense strategy to work in an effort to help you stay in the country.
Florida residents may have heard of the term Temporary Protected Status used by immigration officials when a country has been struck by a natural disaster or an armed conflict has broken out. The designation is issued to a foreign country by the Secretary of Homeland Security when it would be unsafe for its citizens to return home or conditions are such that their return would be impractical.