While there is certainly no question that undocumented immigrants currently residing in communities throughout the United States such as Miami are eagerly awaiting immigration reform, they are not the only ones feeling this way. Many businesses, engaged in work of all types, also cannot wait for legislators to address the matter. While individuals may face deportation if caught businesses that hire someone who is not documented face consequences as well. The fines levied by the federal government can be quite heavy.
Earlier this month we wrote a post on the topic of undocumented immigrants who live in the state of Florida having to pay out-of-state tuition to attend colleges in the state. At the time of that post Governor Scott indicated that he might support in-state tuition for those individuals. How the current legislation regarding the matter will be handled, remains to be seen. One college located in South Florida, isn’t waiting around for that decision.
For many undocumented immigrants living in the Miami area deportation is their greatest fear. It is possible that some who receive a Notice to Appear before a judge may feel that their fate is sealed and that there is no possible way to remain in the United States. This is not always the case however.
Over the last couple of years we have followed the plight of undocumented immigrants who are unable to afford the out-of-state tuition that they have been forced to pay to attended colleges and university located throughout the state. This tuition policy applies despite the fact that many have lived in Florida, the majority of their lives. In some cases individuals identified as undocumented immigrants are not in that position by choice. Often they were brought to the United States as children by their parents.
Though cold temperatures and snow are still gripping much of the nation, baseball fans are looking forward to opening day. Fans of the Yankees who live in Florida were likely pleased to hear that the team’s new pitcher from Japan, Masahiro Tanaka, has received his visa and soon be travelling to Florida for Spring Training.
For many in South Florida, becoming a citizen of the United States is a dream come true. Late last month a record number of individuals participated in the naturalization ceremony which took place at the South Florida Fair. A total of 707 people took the oath of allegiance. The Palm Beach County U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service office conducted the ceremony.