Special citizenship rules apply to individuals born in Florida or elsewhere in the U.S. to foreign diplomats who are officially assigned to the United States. Children of foreign diplomats, that is, are not considered U.S. citizens at birth even if they are born on U.S. soil. They may, however, be eligible for a green card as a permanent resident.
When a Florida couple intends to adopt a child from a foreign country, the couple will need to make certain they have sought and obtained the required visas for their child. Children who are being adopted from abroad are required to enter the country on an immigrant visa.
Miami is one of 10 cities to which immigrant children crossing the Mexican border are being sent. With thousands of minors involved, the situation has reached a level that is reportedly stressing agencies involved in providing services during this immigration influx. Although the arrival of unaccompanied minors to the United States is far from a new concern, the numbers arriving in the last two years have increased dramatically. The majority of the children involved in the recent surge are from Central America. In some cases, they cross in groups, and in others, they cross with assistance from adults who are considered to be migrant smugglers.
Florida residents who live in the United States legally as permanent residents may wonder about the benefits of naturalization. There are currently more than eight million green card holders living in the U.S. However, of all those eligible to pursue citizenship annually, a mere 8 percent do so.
A immigration case involving the father of two U.S. children may have caught the attention of Florida residents. It spurred a large public outcry and ended with the man's deportation to Guatemala. The resident of Guatemala previously applied for amnesty in the U.S. after facing threats to his life, which supporters say were attributed to his actions against a powerful gang in his native country. The denial came after the man fled to the U.S. in 2005. Deportation proceedings began after he was stopped by police for a minor traffic violation in December 2012, according to family.
Florida is home to many people who serve in the armed forces, some of whom might be pleased by the recent directive issued by the Obama Administration that will allow some service members' relatives who live in the country illegally to stay. The new immigration rule clarifies when and how the already existing authority can be used. This was the latest in a number of changes to immigration policy made by President Obama since he took office in 2009.
As Congress continues to debate immigration reform, countless families across the nation, including many here in Florida, must helplessly standby while their loved ones are taken away by federal agents and processed for deportation. While most people recognize the strictness in the law, few are able to stomach the thought that these families' lives are changed forever as a result of these laws being in limbo at this time.
There is no doubting how much respect Jose Godinez-Samperio has for the law. After graduating from Florida State University's law school and passing the Florida bar exam, it's fairly obvious to most that he wants to uphold the legal system to the best of his ability.
A 102-year-old man stood from his wheelchair Wednesday for the Pledge of Allegiance and the Star Spangled Banner. The man held his hand over his heart and donned a small American flag, just one week before the nation celebrates its independence. The image was part of a naturalization ceremony on the West Coast, according to a report carried by WFLX-TV in West Palm Beach.