The new era of Trump has brought on many changes when it comes to obtaining an American visa. In the area of Miami, Florida – which has an unprecedented record population of illegal immigrants – has a particularly fearful community. The Trump Muslim ban has many people protesting against his new policy.
What the Trump Muslim Ban Entails
The Trump Muslim ban includes the seven countries considered hotbeds of terrorism identified by the Obama administration: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen. According to the New York Times, this plan excludes the nations the 9/11 hijackers were from. Most of the 19 hijackers were from Saudi Arabia. The rest held citizenship in the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Lebannon.
Luckily, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is spearheading the legal movement against the Trump Muslim ban that temporarily halts immigrants from those seven nations. Thus far, they have managed to win over Ninth Circuit supreme judges. There is a good chance that the Supreme Court will regulate or thwart the Trump Muslim ban by filing a Freedom of Information Act requesting the Customs and Border Protection. This request inquires the new policy to be completely transparent about how airport security is enforced when it comes to foreigners.
What the Trump Muslim Ban Means for Miami
With Miami being one of the biggest ports for foreigners to enter the United States, there is much chaos and confusion at the Miami International Airport. Foreigners from all over were facing pandemonium once the Trump signed the ban on January 27, 2017. Airport security detained those arriving from those seven banned countries and sent them back on the next flight. Those carrying a valid US visa who traveled abroad (students, researchers, workers) face a ban from returning to America.
As fear ensues for foreigners, those who are not even on the list of banned countries are left to wonder what the future holds for them. Both Yahoo News and Geo TV interviewed Ada Pozo, who said “I have been a lawyer for 20 years and I have never seen anything like this.” In the city offices of Miami, Atlanta and New York, the work of Pozo Goldstein has increased ten-fold. “People are really scared, and justifiably so.”
If you are a foreigner trying to obtain an American visa, now is the time to take matters in your own hands. “My advice to residents who qualify for citizenship is that they file, because rights are being taken away” said Pozo, who is also a spokeswoman for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) in Florida.
Political times like these can be rough and difficult to cope with. When families are being torn apart and people are living in fear, it is easy to start allowing fear to imperil our better rationale. Rather than panicking, be solution-oriented. Contact the law offices of Pozo Goldstein and find out what you qualify for.