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DeSantis’ Migrants Win U-Visa Approval after Crime Victim Claims

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  • Several migrants, who were flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis in 2022, have been approved for U-visas on the grounds of being crime victims.
  • It has been reported that three out of the 49 migrants have received a “bona fide determination,” indicating they are eligible for a U-visa, though they have not yet received it.
  • U-visas are assigned to victims of particular crimes who have endured mental or physical abuse and have aided law enforcement or government officials in criminal investigations or prosecution.

Certain migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard in 2022 have had their applications for U-visas approved. These visas were granted based on the migrants’ claims of falling victim to crime. Florida’s Republican Governor, Ron DeSantis, had transported these individuals.

In a recent report, three out of the 49 migrants relocated from San Antonio, Texas, to Florida, and then to Martha’s Vineyard, have been granted a “bona fide determination.” This means they are qualified for a U-visa, although they haven’t received it yet.

The U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services describes U-visas as primarily “set aside for victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.”

In this specific scenario, the migrants cooperated with an investigation into whether they had been manipulated or forced to board the flights. After a month-long investigation, it was concluded that the migrants had been “lured … under false pretenses” to board the planes. They were further stated to be “unceremoniously stranded” upon their arrival in Martha’s Vineyard.

“DeSantis has repeatedly denied any coercion, saying that all migrants boarded the flights ‘voluntarily.’”

The approval of official U-visas could take up to a decade due to an annual issuance limit of 10,000 set by Congress. However, “bona fide determinations” safeguard recipients from deportation until their visas are issued. These determinations also permit them to work legally in the United States during this waiting period. Furthermore, U-visas place recipients on a path to obtain green cards.

Hemanth C. Gundavaram, co-founder and director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at Northeastern University School of Law, explained the intention behind this process. The goal was to help correct for “a failure in our system,” he pointed out.

In order to qualify for U-visas, migrants must be proven crime victims and assist either law enforcement or the government in any subsequent investigation.
Gundavaram stated, “This is a harm reduction provision. If you didn’t have these protections, someone would have to stay here, worry about deportation, and not be able to make a living.”

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  1. Ted Leger

    April 28, 2024 at 6:45 am

    “This is a harm reduction provision. If you didn’t have these protections, someone would have to stay here, worry about deportation, and not be able to make a living.”

    All are self-imposed by illegal entry.

    • Erika Randolph

      April 28, 2024 at 7:18 am

      This is a bunch of BS
      They come here illegally and get rewarded with a Visa???

      • mark swafford

        April 28, 2024 at 9:21 am

        Not only that but we can expect the left will use this to falsely give thousands of the get out of deportation cards out.

    • EMMA

      April 28, 2024 at 11:48 am

      YOU ARE 100% RIGHT.

  2. Stephc

    April 28, 2024 at 7:28 am

    Another democrap run ploy for votes. Why are illegals being given more care and protection than American citizens?? When are Americans going to wake and actually open their eyes to what is happening in our country??

  3. Spanabama

    April 28, 2024 at 8:52 am

    Just another loophole for lawyers and democrats to use to encourage illegals to lie about mental abuse in order to stay in the United States illegally.

  4. RICHARD

    April 28, 2024 at 11:46 am

    DEMOCRATS DESTOYED OUR COUNTRY WITH ALLOWING BIDENS OPEN BORDER. WE THE CITIZENS DEMAND THAT THESE ILLEGAL INVADERS GET DEPORTED BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND ASAP. NO ONE IS SAVE. OUR GOVERNMENTS JOB IS TO KEEP US THE AMERICAN CITIZENS SAVE AT ALL TIMES. PLUS NO MORE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS TO THESE INVADERS.BIDEN IS UNFIT TO GOVERN OUR COUNTRY, HE PROOFED THIS FROM THE FIRST DAY OF TAKING OFFICE. ……………WE ALL NEED PRESIDENT TRUMP BACK IN OFFICE ASAP 2024………… BIDEN IS NOTHING BUT A SENILE, SPITEFUL BACKSTABBER. WHO IS NOT EVEN ABLE TO FIGHT HIS OWN BATTLES. SHAME ON THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, WHO IS DESTROYING AMERICA FOR 60 YEARS.

  5. EMMA

    April 28, 2024 at 11:54 am

    WHERE IS THE REWARD FOR AMERICAN CITIZENS , WHO HAVE TO SUFFER FROM THESE ILLEGAL CRIMINALS AND TERRORISTS??? DEMOCRATS THINK THEY CAN JUST RUIN OUR COUNTRY, CITIZENS SHOULD NOT SAY A WORD , JUST TAKE WHAT CORRUPT DEMOCRATS DISH OUT . WITHOUT ANY CONSIDERATION FOR US THE WORKING CITIZENS WHO PAY TAXES THAT THE DEMOCRATS SQUANDER AT ALL TIMES. NO MORE MONEY FOR ILLEGALS OR UKRAINE. ARREST THESE HAMAS DEMONSTRATORS. STOP THE INSANITY. YOU HAVE NOT DONE ONE GOOD THING FOR AMERICA, BUT STAND WITH CRIMINALS FOR YEARS.
    TRUMP IN 2024 TO SAVE THIS NATION AND THE CITIZENS…………………….

  6. JR

    April 28, 2024 at 1:58 pm

    I feel sorry for the legal citizens this country. We now have a government that takes pride in dismantling everything good. It’s infuriating to see the Biden Administration working to destroy our country. Wake up America! Trump 2024!

  7. james henry james

    April 28, 2024 at 7:45 pm

    At some point the people will drag the government out of office and deport them for Treason! As they help illegals and crap on Americans! Would be cheaper to deport the Democrats and then use their money and property to send their illegals home! Maybe their illegals will support them in their country!

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