Apparently, they can.
Limiting illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. and removing anyone from the U.S. who has not acquired the proper paperwork to reside in the county are two things President Donald Trump has proven he can do. While every country must have some sort of control over who enters and who is permitted to stay, many residents of South Florida along with those in other states are beginning to feel that the President and his “zero-tolerance” policy have gone too far.
Here’s one example that may serve as support to this claim.
As you know, an immigrant, whether they are a legal permanent resident or living here on a temporary visa, is only permitted to remain in the U.S. given they don’t commit a crime or break any laws. In the event they do, these are generally grounds for deportation, however, each case is handled separately and reviewed before automatically sending someone back to their native country. But, once the determination is made, the person is either sent back or permitted to stay. Case closed. While that is the normal procedure for how these matters are handled, one former resident of Miami experienced something entirely different.
Here’s Fanny Lorenzo’s story.
Back in the 1980’s, Lorenzo came to the U.S. from Nicaragua, “fleeing strife in the Central American country.” Although she crossed over the border illegally in Texas, she later became a legal resident in Miami in 1995 [Source: Miami Herald]. She married Endy Lorenzo who happened to an American citizen from Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, during her marriage, Lorenzo got caught up in a marijuana growing operation inside homes located in South Miami-Dade. When her husband and several others were busted, Lorenzo accepted a plea deal and was only required to serve five years of probation because of her limited role in the drug operation.
However, by accepting that plea deal, Lorenzo was informed by the judge that she could face deportation. But, because she didn’t want to spend time behind bars, she accepted the deal and moved on with her life. She divorced her husband and moved into a mobile home with her son. Not only did she serve her sentence, but she paid FPL $10,000 and has had no other run-ins with the law since. And over the course of the last few years, Lorenzo has lived happily in Miami with her son and was even permitted to leave and re-enter the U.S. as she visited her family in Nicaragua.
Now, fast-forward to 2017, almost 20 years after her criminal charge, Lorenzo had been returning home from a trip to Nicaragua when customs officers at Miami International Airport flagged her for her criminal conviction. While officers allowed her to enter the county, it was only a few weeks later that they revoked her green card and she was locked away in a detention center. Lorenzo spent nearly four months in that facility and then in June 2018, she was deported back to Nicaragua. She had to leave the life she had established in the U.S. and her 23-year-old son, who joined the U.S. Army. Lorenzo did hire a Miami immigration attorney to defend and support her during this difficult time as she never imagined 20 years later that she would be sent back to her home country for a crime she had already paid the price for.
And the sad reality is, Lorenzo isn’t the only one who has been deported because of an old offense that has sat on her record for years.
Because “the U.S. Department of Homeland Security started a task force targeting naturalized citizens who commit crimes or lie about their criminal past in applying for citizenship,” many people who have rooted themselves in the U.S. are now being pulled away from the life they know and sent back to a country they no longer have a connection with.
And because President Trump’s efforts seem to be growing as he pushes for stricter immigration reform, anyone who has a criminal record or is currently facing a criminal charge may want to contact a FL immigration and deportation attorney as soon as possible. And if you live in the Miami, FL area, call Arias Villa Law at 305- 671-0018 as this firm has the skill and qualifications to help you with your immigration-related matter.
If you would like to discuss your case with an immigration attorney now, you can visit Arias Villas Law at:
9100 S. Dadeland Blvd.
Datran Building, Suite 510
Miami, FL 33156