In a rare show of compassion, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has suspended deportation proceedings against an HIV-positive man in Miami. Ricardo Querales is a hair stylist who was granted political asylum in 2004. That immigration status was revoked after he was arrested in 2009 for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor charges associated with drug paraphernalia. With help from his Miami immigration lawyer, Querales has been granted the right to remain in the U.S. on a temporary basis to receive medical treatment that might not be available in his home country of Venezuela.
A Humanitarian Crisis
Venezuela is currently experiencing economic difficulties that could prevent patients like Querales from receiving the necessary medications to protect their health. In some cases, Venezuelan residents have even had difficulty in acquiring food and other basic necessities of life. These conditions prompted Querales’ doctor to state that deporting him back to Venezuela would be tantamount to issuing him “a death sentence.” By remaining in the U.S., Querales will be able to receive life-saving treatments that could keep him healthier for years into the future.
A Temporary Solution
While Querales has received a temporary reprieve from deportation, he must report to ICE in a year to revisit this decision. During the interim period, he will be under the supervision of ICE officials and will be allowed to work and live in the Miami area. The case highlights the importance of seeking the help of a qualified Miami immigration lawyer to address issues with visas and residency status as quickly as possible. Without this legal assistance, Querales might have been deported to Venezuela immediately, which could have caused significant damage to his health.
The Miami immigration lawyers at Pozo Goldstein can help you deal with issues with ICE to protect your right to remain in this country legally. Our team includes two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge, allowing you to enjoy greater confidence when working with us. Call us today at 305-856-0400 to schedule a no-cost in-office consultation with one of our legal professionals. We look forward to the chance to help you resolve your immigration issues quickly and effectively to create a brighter future for you and your family.