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.
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.
A security gap has led the Department of Homeland Security to losing track of more than 6,000 foreigners with expired student visas. As the number of foreign students coming to Florida and the rest of the United States has rapidly increased, immigration offices have struggled to keep pace with the demand. Over 1 million students come to the United States per year with as many as 58,000 overstaying their visas.
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.
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.
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.
As many in Miami already know, reforms to current U.S. immigration law have been a hot topic of discussion recently on Capitol Hill. While the need for immigration reform has been recognized by members on both sides of the aisle for quite some time, actions have taken a lot longer to catch up to words. A bill proposing sweeping immigration reforms from the Senate passed from President Obama's desk to the House last summer. Yet disputes over certain aspects of the bill stalled its momentum. With economic issues taking precedence in the current legislative session, as well as an election cycle on the horizon, whisperings had begun to circulate that the issue of reform was dead for now.
The issue of U.S. immigration policy has continued to be a divisive one in Miami. While current immigrants, those waiting to be allowed legal entry, advocacy, and the lawmakers themselves all seem to agree that immigration law is in need of sweeping reforms, the trick is getting those on all sides of the debate to agree on an acceptable solution on the state of immigrants currently in the United States.
As immigrants in the state of Florida and all across the country keep on top of the latest news and ongoing debates over federal reform measures, millions await their fate. Countless individuals, no matter their legal status, may be effected by changes to the U.S. immigration system; and for many of those that have been waiting to become citizens for years, changes cannot come soon enough. Potential updates to current immigration policies could effectively speed the process along for countless people seeking American citizenship.