A 33-year-old man in Florida came to the United States some 14 years ago on a crewman's visa. For some reason, he reportedly did not obtain an adjustment of status once that visa expired. Immigration officials say this is why they recently arrested him and placed him in a detention facility, awaiting possible deportation.
If there's one topic that often incites contentious debate in political and social settings, it's immigration and naturalization law. In Florida and beyond, it seems no matter where you go, you can find people at odds in their opinions regarding various issues pertaining to adjustment of status or other immigration issues in the United States. Laws often change, making it difficult for immigrants to remain updated and avoid complications when attempting to file applications for visas or citizenship.
In Florida and throughout the nation, there are currently more than a quarter million immigrants from El Salvador living in the United States under temporary protected legal statuses. Most of these immigrants, among hundreds of thousands of others from other countries, fled to the U.S. following natural disasters or other emergency situations that made it unsafe to return to their countries of origin. It was recently announced that the program providing the temporary legal status may be coming to an end, and those affected are encouraged to seek an adjustment of status while there's still time.
There are currently many immigrants in Florida facing serious problems related to threat of deportation. They may relate to the story of a man and his son who are fighting a similar adjustment of status battle in another state. Their situation began when the father, a news reporter, fled his country of origin in fear for his life.
Some time ago, Russia cut the number of people working on a U.S. diplomatic missions staff there. The United States countered the move by halting the non-immigrant visa program throughout the Russia. Many people in Florida arrived here with non-immigrant visas. Not having this type of adjustment of status available would likely affect hundreds of thousands of people in this state and elsewhere.
Many Florida residents have been closely following news regarding recent devastation on the West Coast caused by wildfires. The situation has negatively impacted many lives, especially those of undocumented immigrants. While one may not immediately associate adjustment of status problems with national disasters, such as the wildfires, closer analysis of the situation may make the connection quite apparent.
A young immigrant whose story went viral after he complained about mistreatment by detention officials was recently scheduled to be freed. The 20-year-old is disabled due to a leg amputation. He claimed that immigration detention officers who did not know he understood English were making fun of him, saying they were going to insert a broom handle into his leg and use him to sweep the floor. Unfortunately, there has been an adjustment of status in the man's situation due to revocation of his work permit.
Many Florida immigrants have been living in the United States under a temporary protection legal status. When the program that provides the status was effectively ended by the current presidential administration, thousands of immigrants in this state and throughout the nation began to worry whether adjustment of status would be possible or if they would get deported. One man, whose protected status was supposed to last until 2019, was recently detained by immigration officials.
Many Florida immigrants want to become permanent residents of the United States, but think they must first go abroad, then apply for re-entry. That process is known as consular processing, and it is not always necessary. Those currently residing in the United States who wish to seek an adjustment of status can confer with an immigration law attorney to explore all possible options given a particular situation.
What if two Florida neighbors are having a conversation over their backyard fence and one mentions that he and his family have been living in the United States illegally for more than 10 years. What if the man further discusses the situation with his neighbor by asking for advice regarding whether he should seek an adjustment of status or remain living under the radar. If the neighbor weighs in on the topic and advises the man and his family to continue living as they have been, is the neighbor guilty of a crime?