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Advocates say a man was targeted by US Immigration law officers

Many immigrants in Florida believe certain issues make them vulnerable to U.S. immigration law enforcement actions. The family of a man in another state says they believe their loved one was a target of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. He was recently arrested. 

Reportedly, the man has been living, working and raising his five children in the United States for the past 25 years. He is also known in his community as an immigrant advocate and activist who often speaks publicly about immigration issues. This, the family claims, may have been what drew ICE's attention.

Planning to seek adjustment of status? Read this first.

If U.S. immigration laws were simple and leaving a country of origin to come and live in Florida were easy, it would be possible to make a phone call or submit a petition, then follow through to accomplish one's goals. Pursuing an adjustment of status can be a complicated, lengthy process. In addition to the petition, there are numerous other issues to be aware of.

Eligibility is a key factor in a status adjustment request. A person may not even file a petition if he or she has not met all qualification requirements. One such requirement is that the person seeking a new legal status must have entered the United States in an authorized, approved manner.

US immigration law changes might adversely affect people's health

Many immigrants living in Florida and elsewhere throughout the United States came to this country to seek medical attention for themselves, their children or other immediate family members. In the past, such people could apply for deferred action status based on medical need. That will no longer be possible for many people due to recent U.S. immigration law changes.

The new policies state that only military families may file applications for deferment based on medical need. Many immigrant advocates are upset, saying the U.S. government should review each family's situation case by case. Instead, the new policies reportedly issue a blanket denial of all nonmilitary applications regarding needed medical treatment in the United States.

Judge makes uniqie ruling re real estate disputes

There are a lot of condominiums in Florida. Some are in pristine condition while others are in grave states of disrepair. A condominium where many of the buildings fits the latter description has been the focus of recent real estate disputes. During proceedings, the judge overseeing the case handed down a ruling that is the first of its kind ever to occur in this state.

The judge ruled that the plaintiffs have a right to terminate the condo association. These particular plaintiffs want to build a hotel on the site. There are 244 units, 45 of which are directly owned by the plaintiffs. They are requesting the court's permission to purchase 81 remaining units, as the other 118 are owned by other parties.

Foreclosure and credit scores: Topic that may concern homeowners

Florida residents were glued to the news this past week as meteorologists and others reported on the continued progression of Hurricane Dorian. It soon became evident that most of the coast would escape its wrath, which brought a great sigh of relief to many homeowners. Things like storms and other issues can cause significant damage to a home and also cost a homeowner a great deal of money. In some situations, people are unable to recover financially and wind up facing foreclosure. 

Losing a home to foreclosure is often devastating. Not only does a homeowner have to find someplace else to live, he or she might be worried about how the foreclosure might impact credit scores. One data agency recently reported that, as of May 2019, nearly 4% of mortgages in the United States were delinquent. 

Florida real estate disputes often delay closings

If a Florida buyer wishes to purchase real estate, he or she typically negotiates a fair and agreeable contract with the sellers in question. However, if a particular property is co-owned and the owners disagree about a certain issue, real estate disputes can arise. This is what happened regarding a multi-use building complex in Midtown Delray.

The property for sale was initially owned by two parties. There were plans to sell it to a third party for $40 million. The sale would generate a hefty  profit since the owners had acquired the building for nearly half that amount. However, before the deal was closed, the co-owners started fighting over the potential split of proceeds in the pending sale. As other property owners who have experienced similar situations can relate, the disagreement prompted litigation.

Man's US immigration law problems saddens his community

Many Florida immigrants become ingrained in their communities. Some are business owners who are well-known and liked by their neighbors and customers. A man in another state sells tacos from a truck. His customers and friends were recently surprised and saddened to learn that a traffic stop has led to the man's transfer to a U.S. immigration law detention center. Local officials, as well, have lamented that law enforcement policies may have negatively affected this man's life.

Police in the area say they often arrest people for the same traffic violations numerous times. They hope that in doing so, the time those arrested spend behind bars will perhaps prompt a behavior change for the better. The man in question was supposedly driving on a suspended license.  He was taken into custody by local police and placed in a county jail.

US permanent residency: What to do about a legal status problem

You may have arrived in Florida on a temporary immigration visa of some kind. Such visas require that all eligibility factors be met before applying. They also expire. It is imperative that you take the proper steps for renewal if you hope to avoid legal status problems while living in the United States. In many cases, immigrants come here hoping to one day obtain a U.S. permanent residency card.

Also referred to as a green card, it means you have been granted permission to live and work in the U.S. on a permanent basis. Like other visas, green cards expire. In you have questions regarding how long a green card lasts or what you need to do to fulfill the requirements for application, it's always a good idea to speak with someone who is well-versed in the process.

US immigration law: Did police change this immigrant's words?

Immigrant families and couples in Florida are just like anyone else -- they have problems sometimes. In some situations, such problems lead to domestic violence issues that are brought to the court's attention. When U.S. immigration law officials or police are involved, it is critical that they translate or repeat a witness's testimony correctly.

A woman on the West Coast is currently worried that her fiance is going to be deported. The couple was reportedly involved in a domestic dispute recently, which resulted in police being dispatched to the woman's home. However, she now claims that what the police officer wrote in his report is different for what she told him, and she fears that the written police report is placing her fiance's ability to stay in the United States at risk.

Real estate disputes didn't end well for Zac Brown

Country music fans in Florida and beyond are often willing to stand in long lines to get into venues for a Zac Brown concert. Many may not be aware, however, that Brown has been dealing with problems that stem from real estate disputes in his personal life. Brown owns a home in another state and that residence has been the central focus of the proceedings.

Brown's home is on a secluded road. His property extends to several lots below where the house sits. He reportedly asked the local planning commission to order the borough to vacate an easement that was giving the public access to his property. Brown's neighbor has been trying to to secure permission to build a public trail there.

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