While immigration reform continues to prompt heated debate from Florida residents and politicians alike, countless people across the country live day-to-day under the threat of deportation. Concerns over deportation and being separated from family in the U.S. dictate many people’s decisions regarding everything from their employment options to living arrangements, and immigration status can even play a role in the type and level of medical care that undocumented immigrants receive.
Florida residents may benefit from learning more about how people qualify for asylum. According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, individuals may seek refuge and protection in the United States if they are being persecuted in their native country for their political beliefs, affiliations with specific social parties, race, nationality or religion. People who qualify for asylum and apply within 1 year of arrival are allowed to remain in the country.
On Nov. 20, President Obama issued an immigration-based executive order that may be of interest to Florida residents. The new order protects against deportation for undocumented parents of lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens. In addition, the executive order is designed to help keep skilled workers in the country.
According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, immigrants who have come to Florida from countries that are facing extreme difficulties, such as war, famine or epidemics, may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status. Countries eligible for TPS are designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, typically for temporary conditions that would makes it dangerous for nationals of that country to return home.
Miami residents might be interested to learn about a man who was recently approved for a humanitarian visa. Born in Mexico, the man was brought to the United States by his family when he was 2 years old. Although the man was previously granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, he effectively deported himself when he took his dying mother back to Mexico.
Florida residents may be interested in an article discussing the major differences between those who enter the country classified as immigrants versus those who are called refugees. These differences may have a large effect on how they are treated by the U.S. legal system.
Representatives from Florida and California have collaborated to introduce a bill designed to assist immigrants as they adjust to life in American society. The immigration process can be challenging for newcomers, and the legislation endeavors to ensure access to programs that will help with needs such as learning English and civics. Labeled as the New American Success Act, the bill would allow the creation of a National Office of New Americans, an oversight agency that would offer counsel and coordination for varied organizations and agencies dedicated to assisting immigrants as they acclimate to a new culture. Additionally, the Task Force on New Americans would be established to monitor policies related to integration. The task force would make recommendations to members of Congress as well as to the executive branch.
In a decision that may surprise many in Florida, the Supreme Court ruled on June 9 that immigrant children will be moved to the back of the line to obtain their visas when they turn 21. This includes those who came to the United States with their parents and have been waiting to become citizens for years.
A gay man from Honduras is attempting to get to Florida to fight for asylum status claiming that he faces danger in his native country because of his sexual orientation. Although the man may face immigration penalties if he is discovered, he is willing to take the risk that he perceives as being much less than the torture that he has endured.
Even in the absence of the proposed immigration reform currently being debated on Capitol Hill, there are still a number of ways that undocumented immigrants living in Miami can find a path to permanent residency. However, attaining such rights is rarely an easy process, and one shouldn’t be surprised if he or she is made to deal with a lot of red tape or face a number of other challenges along the way. Often, one can so all that he or she is required to do, and still encounter difficulties thanks to the mistakes of others.