Marijuana & Naturalization, Detention of Asylum Seekers, and TPS for Haiti
USCIS Guidance on Naturalization & Legal Marijuana Industry
USCIS issued a policy guidance addressing the effect that employment or use of marijuana in state’s where it is legal has on someone’s Application for Naturalization. The policy guidance clarifies that violation of federal controlled substance law, including for marijuana, established by a conviction or admission, is generally a bar to establishing good moral character for naturalization even where the conduct would not be a violation of state law. The policy also indicates that an applicant who is involved in certain marijuana related activities may lack good moral character if found to have violated federal law, even if such activity is not unlawful under applicable state or foreign laws. A finding of lack of good moral character will prevent an applicant from becoming a US citizen.
No Bond Hearings for Asylum Seekers
On April 16, 2019, Attorney General William Barr issued a decision in Matter of M-S in which he determined that asylum seekers who establish a credible fear of persecution and will be placed in removal proceedings are not eligible for an individual determination of their custody status before the immigration court. With this decision, the Attorney General is denying bond to asylum seekers and placing them in detention while their case is pending.
Court Stops Termination of TPS for Haiti
A federal judge stopped the US government from terminating Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians, pending the resolution of a federal case. The judge’s order was issued nationwide, which means it applies throughout the entire country, not just in the area where the court is located.
If you have questions about your immigration case here in Florida, it’s important to speak with an experienced immigration attorney to discuss your specific case and circumstances. Attorney Evelyn J. Pabon Figueroa is an Associate in the Orlando office of CPLS, P.A. She is a member of the firm’s Immigration Practice Groups. Contact Attorney Evelyn today at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss any family or marital legal issues you may be experiencing.