Deportation and Recent Changes in Immigration
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. —Anti-virus software founder John McAfee said U.S. authorities have made no efforts to question since he arrived in Miami on Wednesday night after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in the death of his neighbor.
“Why would they want to question me, about what?” a tired-looking but jauntily dressed McAfee said Thursday from the steps of his South Beach hotel.
McAfee was deported from Guatemala after sneaking in illegally from Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the death of a U.S. expatriate who lived near him on an island off Belize’s coast. U.S officials said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody.
He said he was put on a plane to Miami where he will stay until his girlfriend, 20-year-old Belizean Samantha Vanegas, and a friend can join him.
“I had the warmest welcome of my life. The captain patted me on the shoulders and said, ‘We’re here to help you, sir, please come with us,” McAfee told a throng of reporters camped outside his hotel Thursday.
The 67-year-old British native said a dozen custom agents and police officers then drove him around until he asked to be dropped at a taxi stand. The eccentric millionaire was typically chatty and said he was anxious for a decent breakfast after days of eating terrible Guatemalan prison food.
“They just want to question me, they just have a couple of questions for me, that’s not investigating me,” he said.
McAfee says he did not kill the neighbor and feared his own life would be in danger if he turned himself in to Belizean authorities.
“If they didn’t want to harm me, why have they been harming my property and my dogs? Now 5 of my dogs have been killed,” said McAfee, claiming authorities shot one of his dogs in the head and raided his house eight times.
He begged the State Department to expedite visas for Vanegas and another friend. Vanegas had accompanied him when he was on the run, but did not go with him to the U.S.
Recent Changes in Immigration
Any person seeking to immigrate to the United States will have to know the immigration policies and regulations set by the USCIS. However, such policies and regulations are subject to change at any time and you will need to be aware of any recent changes in US immigration policy especially if it affects you. While there have been no recent changes to immigration law under the Obama administration there have been some shifts in some polices.
One policy change involved hardship waivers. Early in year 2012, there was an immigration rule change which stated that individuals seeking hardship waivers would be allowed to stay in the United States while their hardship waivers were being processed. Prior to the changing of the rule, individuals applying for such waivers had to leave the country before their applications could be processed.
A hardship waiver application is a formal request asking the U.S government to waive the ban that it places on individuals facing deportation. Usually, the ban represents a 3-10 year period during which the individual is not allowed to return to the country. As such when applying for the hardship waiver, evidence will need to be provided showing that the ban would cause extreme hardship to the individual’s U.S relatives/family members.
The new rule change would, therefore, allow such individuals to stay in the country while their application is being processed. Hardship waiver applications have been known to have processing times of 6 months or more. Moreover, the new rule also shortens the amount of time spend processing the hardship waiver applications.
Other relevant changes in US immigration include several additions to the Green card. The new green cards which were rolled out in 2010 have new state-of-the art features which are meant to improve their security. Moreover, the new features minimize tampering and facilitate faster, more accurate authentication of the green card. Some of the new features include holographic images as well as laser- engraved fingerprints which make the card quite difficult to reproduce. Moreover, the new green cards will have RFID capabilities which allow border patrol services to read cards from a distance. As such your data will easily be compared to filed data. These new cards are available once you apply for a green card or are due for renewal of your permanent resident status.
Source-US Immigration Blog
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