DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard Stunt Might Help Migrants Stay in U.S. on Special Visas

Florida governor. Ron DeSantis’ move last month to fly dozens of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard may end up putting those migrants on a pathway to obtaining a special visa—and potentially lawful permanent residence in the United States.

Legal questions quickly It was bornDeSantis had used the state’s funds to ferry nearly 50 migrants across Texas from San Antonio to Martha’s Vineyard. Many of the migrants sued DeSantis shortly after their flights. AllegationsFlorida officials made false promises to the passengers in an effort to get them onboard.

San Antonio’s county sheriff announced also that it will investigate whether or not the migrants were duped. “They believe that it was done by deceptive means,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. . We will treat it as a criminal offense in Texas.

Yesterday, Salazar CertifiedIt was alleged that migrants who were flown from Mexico to Martha’s Vineyard had been victims of crime. Salazar stated in an interview that “based upon the allegations of migrants being transported under false pretenses from Bexar county, we are investigating [this case] as possible Unlawful Restraint.” StatementGBH News The Texas penal code prohibits unlawful restraint or restricting movement of someone without their consent. Included“Force, intimidation, and deception” are actions. Salazar pointed out that Salazar’s office had submitted documentation to federal authorities in order to make sure the migrants were available for testimony during the investigation.

This certification is significant because it allows the migration to apply for an a permit. U visaU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) provides support for victims of crime or their witnesses. Citizenship and Immigration Services. The victim of a crime can be certified and apply for a U Visa at USCIS. If approved, they can remain in the US as nonimmigrants, eventually leading to Legal Permanent Residence. saidRachel Self, an immigration attorney who helps illegally with migrants.

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Backlogs can be a problem for immigrants who want to apply for U visas. According to USCIS, there were more than 285,000 U Visa petitions in process as of FY 2021. Don’t forget to enter the data. A March ReportAccording to the Niskanen Center it will take 17 years before all U Visa applications can be processed at the current rate. Congress is even more concerned. CapsAnnually, there are 10,000 visa applicants. However, as Politico Notifications:

They will most likely be allowed work after the Venezuelans file their applications. The federal appellate court for Massachusetts was established last year. ruledWhile his U visa application was still pending, a Honduran male could not be expelled from the country.

“Ironically by choosing to transport the migrants to Martha’s Vineyard…all of these victims are now protected from removal while their U visa application is pending due to the Granados BenitezSelf said in her statement, “case,”

DeSantis’ Martha’s Vineyard incident is a reminder of how ineffective and counterproductive some of these immigration enforcement strategies can be. Often done for the cause of Fiscal responsibilityMassive bills have been incurred by taxpayers through moves made in Texas and Florida. DeSantis is also under scrutiny by the Treasury Department inspector General for Martha’s Vineyard flight. investigationPotential misuse federal COVID-19 funds for flight coverage

DeSantis’ actions show that he is not a champion for immigrants. However, DeSantis could be a helpful helper for some because of the way that migrant flight have failed.