The backlog of immigration cases in courts in Miami are growing. Why are these cases increasing at unusual rates? The new administration has resulted in a shift of culture within the courts. Courts are forced to shift from a focus on discretion with each individual case to one of enforcement.
President Donald Trump made it clear during his campaign that he would be tough on immigration. Anyone that entered the country without following proper protocol was put on notice - deportation was imminent. In response to this tough stance, many local leaders publicly announced that their city would be a sanctuary to these immigrants.
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.
The most common types of visas individuals who want to permanently reside in the United States seek are either Family-Based or Employment-Based. While these are popular routes pursued by many, they are not the only routes. Many other visas are available to those who meet certain criteria.
It’s been hard to avoid news coverage of the recent typhoon in the Philippines that led to many deaths and left a large number of residents homeless. To say that residents of that nation are in need of aid to cover just the basics is an understatement. While the suffering those living there are experiencing is devastating, some Filipinos either living in, or seeking to live in, the United States, may have concerns about how the natural disaster has impacted their immigration status as well. Recently the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a statement regarding the way in which it is responding to the natural disaster.
Throughout the nation individuals are dealing with the shutdown of the federal government. While some of the repercussions are a nuisance, such as the closure of national parks, others can have a more serious impact on the lives of individuals living in the United States. It is likely that some individuals residing in South Florida are wondering how the government shutdown will impact their immigration matter. The answer depends on the nature of the immigration matter.
Last summer President Obama announced a program designed to provide certain undocumented immigrants, in South Florida and beyond, with a two year reprieve from deportation. To qualify for the program, referred to as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, an individual must meet several requirements. It has been a year since the first applications were received by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. In this post we will take a look at where the program stands based on information recently released by the Brookings Institute.
Earlier this summer we wrote about the impact the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the Defense of Marriage Act was poised to have on the immigration system. In this post we provide an update on the topic that could be relevant to individuals in South Florida. Last month, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services indicated that visa applications submitted by same-sex spouses would be treated in the same manner as all others. More recently those changes were extended to U.S. embassies and consulates as well.