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Husband Seeking U.S. Citizenship Arrested by ICE During Marriage Interview - Newsweek

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10/7/18 

A marriage interview at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offices in Miami came to an abrupt end when the husband was unexpectedly arrested by ICE. 

María Eugenia Hernández and Oscar Hernández waited three years for the interview portion of Oscar's citizenship application. But questioning came to a halt when María was asked to step out of the office. 

Twenty minutes later, she was told that her husband had a deportation order from long ago and had been arrested by ICE. 

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Nicaraguan-born man detained by ICE during marriage interview - The San Diego Union-Tribune

KATE FELDMAN
October 3, 2018

Oscar Hernández, who crossed the Mexican border illegally in 2004, and his wife, María Eugenia, waited three years for a marriage interview with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Before the interview was over, Hernández had been detained by ICE.

“I went to the immigration appointment with a lot of confidence because it was an interview. I never imagined they would take my husband away under arrest,” María Hernández told the Miami Herald. “We are trying to do the right thing.”

The Hernándezes were married three years ago after dating for four years. The interview, which included a statement from their joint bank account, a marriage certificate and wedding photos, was meant to prove to ICE that their union is legitimate; María Hernández is a U.S. citizen and had filed a petition that would allow Oscar to become a legal citizen.

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Venezuelan Immigrants Get Trump Sympathy but Not Status - Stateline

October 2, 2018

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Arrests at immigration marriage interviews pop up in Florida - CNN

Wed October 3, 2018

Maria and Oscar Hernandez Miranda had been preparing for the marriage interview portion of Oscar's immigration application for a year and a half. As they sat in a Miami immigration office for the interview last week, the couple, who married in September 2015, was suddenly interrupted by the interviewer.

"He (told) me that he needed to speak to my husband alone, and he asked me to go out to the lobby," Maria told CNN. "Twenty minutes after, he came back and asked to talk to me and told me my husband was taken by ICE."

Lisa Lehner, a senior litigation attorney with Americans for Immigrant Justice, said she knows of at least four of these arrests, including Oscar's, happening in the Miami area, in the last month alone. Each one of the people arrested was an immigrant with deportation orders, married to a US citizen and applying for a "provisional waiver" application, to become a lawful permanent resident, according to Lehner. Oscar's arrest was first reported by the Miami Herald.

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Su esposo termina arrestado tras asistir a una cita con Inmigración para legitimar su matrimonio - Univision Noticias

VILMA TARAZONA

1 Oct 2018 

María Eugenia Hernández acudió a la autoridad migratoria con el fin de demostrar que su matrimonio era válido y su esposo, quien ingresó como indocumentado a EEUU en el año 2005, obtuviera un permiso legal de permanencia, pero al iniciar la cita fue detenido. La Unión Americana de Libertades Civiles (ACLU) presentó una demanda argumentando que este tipo de entrevistas se han convertido en una trampa para los inmigrantes.

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ICE detains man during marriage interview - ThinkProgress

Oscar Hernández and his wife María Eugenia Hernández waited three years for their marriage interview last week with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). But by mid-interview, the Hernándezes were separated and Oscar was on his way to an immigration detention facility, according to the Miami Herald.

USCIS conducts marriage interviews to ensure that marriages are legitimate and that immigrants like Oscar are eligible to have their immigration status legalized.

The Hernándezes brought with them to the interview a small album of wedding and family photos, their marriage certificate, and a statement from their joint bank account. Oscar is the primary wage-earner in the household.

The couple has been together for four years and married for three. Neither anticipated what ultimately happened to them.

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He went to an immigration interview and wound up detained by ICE - The Miami Herald

October 01, 2018 07:25 AM

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Fue a su entrevista de matrimonio en una oficina de inmigración y terminó detenido por ICE - El Nuevo Herald

POR BRENDA MEDINA

28 de septiembre de 2018

María Eugenia Hernández y su esposo Oscar Hernández fueron el martes a las oficinas del Servicio de Ciudadanía e Inmigración en Miami, para una cita que habían esperado por casi tres años. Se trataba de una entrevista de matrimonio, uno de los pasos en el proceso de ajuste de estatus de Oscar, un inmigrante nicaragüense.

Usualmente, en esa entrevista un agente de inmigración busca corroborar que el matrimonio es legítimo. Los Hernández trajeron un pequeño álbum con las fotos de su boda y su vida familiar, su certificado de matrimonio y una prueba de su cuenta de banco en común.

Llevan cuatro años juntos, tres casados, y Oscar es el soporte principal de la familia, así que todo debía salir bien, pensó María, quien es ciudadana de Estados Unidos. Pero en un momento durante la entrevista, a María le pidieron que saliera de la oficina. Veinte minutos después un agente le informó que su esposo, sobre quien pesa una vieja orden de deportación, había sido detenido por la Policía de Inmigración y Aduanas ICE.

Desde entonces Oscar, de 42 años y que entró al país indocumentado al cruzar la frontera desde México en el 2004, permanece en un centro de detención de inmigración en Broward. Podría ser deportado en cualquier momento.

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Políticos de Miami protestan propuesta de Trump de negar la green card a estos inmigrantes legales - The Miami Herald

POR BRENDA MEDINA

bmedina@elnuevoherald.com

24 de septiembre de 2018 06:40 PM

Actualizado 25 de septiembre de 2018 06:07 PM

Una propuesta del gobierno de Donald Trump que busca negar la residencia permanente a inmigrantes legales que reciban ciertos beneficios públicos ha generado preocupación entre políticos, activistas y abogados de Miami-Dade, que el lunes denunciaron el potencial cambio como “un ataque a nuestra comunidad”.

Tras meses de especulaciones y de que se publicaran varios borradores filtrados a los medios, el gobierno finalmente anunció el sábado su propuesta de cambio a la llamada regla de “carga pública”, que determina si un inmigrante que esté buscando obtener la residencia permanente (green card) ha utilizado ciertos beneficios públicos y por lo tanto es una carga económica para la sociedad. La regla de carga pública también aplica a personas que estén solicitando ingresar a Estados Unidos como residentes permanentes y que pudieran depender de los beneficios.

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South Florida Leaders Reject 'Public Charge' Policy That Denies Green Cards For Welfare Recipients - WLRN

By ALEXANDER GONZALEZ

SEP 24, 2018

Several Miami-Dade County commissioners and immigration advocates protested Monday the Trump administration's proposed policy change that would deny green cards to welfare recipients. 

"This new rule is forcing legal immigrants to make an impossible choice between following the process to permanent residency and providing for their families," said Commissioner Eileen Higgins, whose district includes Little Havana, during a press conference.

Announced over the weekend by the Department of Homeland Security, the rule change would broaden a current federal requirement in which immigrants show they're not a "public charge." Under the policy, a "public charge" would be someone who receives certain social benefits, including food stamps, public housing and Medicaid.

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