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News journalist facing serious U.S. immigration law problems

Many Florida immigrants understand what it's like to encounter complications regarding their legal statuses. Some have even been separated from family members when Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents led them away to detention centers. Recent news headlines include the story of a news reporter whose release from a county jail led to serious U.S. immigration law problems. 

The journalist had been arrested but was later released when the charges against him were dropped. Instead of freeing him, his jailers handed him over to ICE officers, who then transported him to an immigration detention facility, where he remains at this time. Immigrant advocates have come forward to speak out against the incident, saying ICE is employing unfair practices and trying to suppress this man's right to free speech because he published negative comments regarding ICE officials' treatment toward certain immigrants.  

Immigrants reportedly denied access to US immigration law support

When adapting to life in Florida after emigrating from another country, it's always helpful to have a strong support network in place. Immigrants often encounter various challenges regarding language barriers or cultural issues. Some also face legal problems associated with their statuses. If an immigrant is denied U.S. immigration law support, not only might it exacerbate the problem at hand, but it may also be a personal rights violation.  

A group of immigrant advocates have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security as well as several other parties. As plaintiffs, they are claiming that several immigrant detention facilities have prevented detainees from accessing legal support. The three detention centers in question are all located in separate states.  

Real estate disputes regarding co-ownerships

Many Florida residents own real property. Some, in fact, are joint owners with family members or groups of friends, such as those that share ownerships in condominiums or other vacation properties. A problem that arose in another state between a man and his son demonstrates the importance of seeking legal clarification when modifying property titles to include co-owners. Those who hope to avoid similar real estate disputes may want to review this case.  

The man added his son as a co-owner to his property with right of survivorship. He wanted to protect his estate against probate fees. He and his son later had a falling out and, in fact, stopped speaking to each other. The man decided he no longer wanted his son to be listed as a co-owner on the title of his property.  

Beware of foreclosure scams in Florida!

When a financial crisis hits, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and nervous about what lies ahead. If a Florida homeowner fears that foreclosure is a real possibility, he or she may be anxious to explore options that may be available to secure immediate debt relief and keep lenders from obtaining ownership due to a loan default. When the foreclosure process begins, the first step taken by a bank is to send a notice of default through the postal mail.  

However, there are scam artists out there who send similar letters designed to look like official pre-foreclosure mail. In a county in another state, scammers were sending such letters, warning homeowners that they had certain amounts of time to make good on unpaid property taxes. The letters stated that homeowners had 30 days to pay their debts to the county treasurer's office.  

Judge issues adjustment of status ruling in another state

Many Florida immigrants remember what was like when they fled their countries of origin to seek asylum in the United States. Such situations are often wrought with fear and trepidation. The process can be long and arduous, especially for those who did not realize there was a deadline associated with their adjustment of status applications.  

A judge in another state recently stated that the Department of Homeland Security failed to properly inform thousands of immigrants that they had but one year to make sure all their paperwork was handed in to formally apply for asylum. The U.S. district judge made this statement during class-action lawsuit proceedings regarding a claim filed by a group of immigrant advocates. They were acting on behalf of those who get released from detainment to await their immigration interviews but fail to meet the deadlines attached to their application requests because no immigration official informed them that such deadlines exist.  

Factors to consider along the path to citizenship

When you arrived in Florida from another country of origin, you likely shared many of the same hopes and dreams that thousands of immigrants have had when they started new lives in the United States. Perhaps one of your greatest goals is to seek citizenship. Although you may encounter various challenges throughout your journey, it is often possible to achieve such goals if you set up a strong support network of people well versed in the process who can guide you along the way.  

As with most immigration or status adjustment processes, there are eligibility requirements that must be fulfilled before a person can become a U.S. citizen. For instance, before you can seek citizenship, you have to reside in the U.S. for at least five years. If you are married to someone who is already a U.S. citizen, the required length of time is only three years.  

Man charged with DUI now facing US immigration law problem

Many Florida families currently have one or more members facing immigration-related problems. Sometimes, U.S. immigration law and criminal law intersect when a person gets arrested and charged with a crime and the situation impacts his or her legal status. That seems to be the case for a man in another state who was recently involved in an incident that wound up being published by livestream on Facebook.

The man was taken into custody for suspected DUI. A particular company helped him pay bond to secure his release. What happened after that has people up in arms. The man was arrested and taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials; in fact, his arrest was filmed and then posted on Facebook.

US immigration law makes these men possibly eligible for U visas

When a citizen of another country is the victim of a violent crime in Florida or elsewhere in the United States, he or she may be eligible to obtain a U visa. When violent crime occurs against a noncitizen in the United States,  a recovering victim may request protected legal status in the United States. U.S. immigration law requires a person in such circumstances to cooperate with prosecutors and law enforcement agents to pursue conviction against the party or parties who committed the crime.

Two men were recently released from prison after being behind bars since 1998. The situation involved a double murder in another state to which the men had supposedly confessed. They told the court that their confessions were forced, brought on by physical beatings they endured at the hands of a detective who was questioning them at the time. The men are two out of 14 people who have had their convictions overturned because of abuse committed by this same detective.

What's the swiftest way to solve real estate disputes?

Purchasing a home, business or multiple properties in Florida can be exciting and, in many cases, quite lucrative. However, if real estate disputes arise, not only can closings suffer substantial delays, ownerships already secured may be threatened as well. Most people who encounter such problems simply want to find the fastest, most economically feasible solutions possible.

What the solution to a particular problem might be depends on various factors. Real estate law is complex, and any number of issues may impact the ultimate outcome of a disagreement. Also, a solution that is most viable in one situation may not even be an option in another.

Foreclosure sale set for April for apartment complex of 101 units

Many Florida residents own properties that include condominiums, vacation homes or apartment complexes. It's not uncommon to run into financial trouble now and then when personal finance situations or general economic issues affect a particular ownership. It's always a good idea to have several options available to help overcome such problems when they arise; doing so often helps people avoid foreclosure.

A pastor of a mega church in another state is currently involved in a foreclosure proceeding. His church happens to own a large, low-income housing complex. The church recently defaulted on a $2.4 million leasehold deed of trust. The initial loan to purchase the property was secured in 1997.

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