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catsudon

(863 posts)
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 10:15 AM Oct 2022

Texas sheriff certifies the Martha's Vineyard migrants are crime victims,open the door for spec visa

Source: wgbh

A Texas sheriff has certified that the nearly 50 migrants flown to Martha’s Vineyard by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis were victims of a crime. That certification is a key step in qualifying them for a special visa they would not have otherwise been eligible for.

Read more: https://www.wgbh.org/news/local-news/2022/10/13/texas-sheriff-certifies-the-marthas-vineyard-migrants-are-crime-victims-opening-the-door-for-special-visas



What a great guy that De Santis is! Willing to spend over a $100,000 of state covid funds per migrant to get them citizenship!
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Texas sheriff certifies the Martha's Vineyard migrants are crime victims,open the door for spec visa (Original Post) catsudon Oct 2022 OP
With likely settlement money they will receive, they will be able to get NCjack Oct 2022 #1
I wouldn't want to stay in Florida! liberalla Oct 2022 #24
A crime committed against them Bayard Oct 2022 #2
That means there is an active criminal investigation! NorCalBlue Oct 2022 #3
My thinking, too. If we weren't so corrupt, I'd say there's a chance of nailing DeSatanis. ificandream Oct 2022 #17
U-visa does not equal citizenship. Valid for 4 years. Nt lostnfound Oct 2022 #4
Even so Marthe48 Oct 2022 #5
And eligible to apply for a green card in 3 years. CaptainTruth Oct 2022 #7
Yep. And they can bring their family here, too for the duration. sybylla Oct 2022 #23
That's so nice that you did that. lostnfound Oct 2022 #25
The current immigration process is horrendous; glad you made it. Nt lostnfound Oct 2022 #26
A felony would make DeSantis ineligible for President? 70sEraVet Oct 2022 #6
I wish, but no, being convicted of a felony does not disqualify someone from holding office. CaptainTruth Oct 2022 #8
Yep, Captain, you're right. I just checked. 70sEraVet Oct 2022 #12
It varies by state. Some states restore voting rights after the sentence is served. CaptainTruth Oct 2022 #15
There was some comment about transporting undocumented immigrants being a crime. keithbvadu2 Oct 2022 #9
If they were transported across state lines, grumpyduck Oct 2022 #13
No..they are free to travel..They travel by bus all the time. LeftInTX Oct 2022 #14
Ok, but if a crime was committed, grumpyduck Oct 2022 #20
We don't always catch and/or prosecute criminals LeftInTX Oct 2022 #21
Brave sheriff with a stiff backbone & compassion, one of the few good ones in TX. onetexan Oct 2022 #10
Wonder how long he'll last in office. ificandream Oct 2022 #16
He's elected and gets about 60% of the vote LeftInTX Oct 2022 #19
Someone should investigate Abbott's promises to migrants he's been busing to northern cities. Lonestarblue Oct 2022 #11
They should LeftInTX Oct 2022 #22
I think this story is a lot bigger than it's being made so far. ificandream Oct 2022 #18
This guy Desantis is smart and dangerous. He needs to be STOPPED in his tracks on this ploy. CTyankee Oct 2022 #27
A special visa doesn't mean citizenship, sorry, if it was that easy, imagining major malarkey. Brainfodder Oct 2022 #28

NCjack

(10,280 posts)
1. With likely settlement money they will receive, they will be able to get
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 10:19 AM
Oct 2022

some nice places in FLORIDA.

ificandream

(9,683 posts)
17. My thinking, too. If we weren't so corrupt, I'd say there's a chance of nailing DeSatanis.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 01:16 PM
Oct 2022

Hope I'm wrong about that.

Marthe48

(17,811 posts)
5. Even so
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 11:21 AM
Oct 2022

It is buying the refugees time. Maybe things will settle down in their home countries in 4 years. Maybe things will settle down in our country in 4 years.

And I'm glad that the cruel intentions blew up in the fascists' faces

CaptainTruth

(6,829 posts)
7. And eligible to apply for a green card in 3 years.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 11:54 AM
Oct 2022

Compared to the normal immigration process, which I went through with my wife, this makes it easier for them to become a lawful permanent resident.

sybylla

(8,623 posts)
23. Yep. And they can bring their family here, too for the duration.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 02:26 PM
Oct 2022

IIRC, the family also qualifies for special visas and green cards.

This what I learned at a labor trafficking and human trafficking seminar in 2019 while I volunteered for an organization that may have clients who are victims.

lostnfound

(16,296 posts)
25. That's so nice that you did that.
Sun Oct 16, 2022, 10:35 AM
Oct 2022

I generally lean toward open immigration policies, the current “process” is cruel and absurd.

70sEraVet

(3,716 posts)
6. A felony would make DeSantis ineligible for President?
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 11:52 AM
Oct 2022

Would it be a felony conviction either for misappropriation of federal funds or for transporting migrants under false pretenses?

70sEraVet

(3,716 posts)
12. Yep, Captain, you're right. I just checked.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:14 PM
Oct 2022

Yet, in many states, A Presidential candidate who has a felony conviction, would not be able to VOTE for himself/herself! Right?

CaptainTruth

(6,829 posts)
15. It varies by state. Some states restore voting rights after the sentence is served.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 01:10 PM
Oct 2022

In other states the person has to petition the govt to have their voting rights restored.

But I think in most (maybe all?) states a convicted felon can't vote while they're serving their sentence. I'm not an expert on that though.

keithbvadu2

(37,942 posts)
9. There was some comment about transporting undocumented immigrants being a crime.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:03 PM
Oct 2022

There was some comment about transporting undocumented immigrants being a crime.

Not sure how that works out.

LeftInTX

(27,110 posts)
14. No..they are free to travel..They travel by bus all the time.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:58 PM
Oct 2022

These are asylum seekers who are here "legally", but their status is temporary until they have been granted asylum. (Legally in that they have been processed by ICE and are now free to travel, however, they are required to attend their scheduled asylum hearings. At the hearings they will then determine whether asylum should be granted. The process can take a long time.)

The crime would have been that they were taken to a different place than they had been promised.

Keep in mind, this isn't as much criminality of DeSantis as it is of their rights because a crime had been committed.

LeftInTX

(27,110 posts)
21. We don't always catch and/or prosecute criminals
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 01:40 PM
Oct 2022

In this case, the crook is Perla Huerta. (Local crime. He is the sheriff, he's not the FBI or a federal prosecutor or a prosecutor)

Being able to prosecute and being offered a special Visa because one is a victim of a crime are two separate issues. Apparently, the laws allow law enforcement to indicate if someone is a victim of a crime. However, no one has been charged, not locally or federally.

onetexan

(13,165 posts)
10. Brave sheriff with a stiff backbone & compassion, one of the few good ones in TX.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:12 PM
Oct 2022

. I hope he has extra security detail.

Lonestarblue

(10,715 posts)
11. Someone should investigate Abbott's promises to migrants he's been busing to northern cities.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 12:13 PM
Oct 2022

Has he also falsely promised them jobs that don’t exist and places to stay?

ificandream

(9,683 posts)
18. I think this story is a lot bigger than it's being made so far.
Fri Oct 14, 2022, 01:28 PM
Oct 2022

The fact that DeSatanis is being investigated for this could hopefully mean something is in the works.

CTyankee

(64,132 posts)
27. This guy Desantis is smart and dangerous. He needs to be STOPPED in his tracks on this ploy.
Mon Oct 17, 2022, 11:54 AM
Oct 2022

He is coldly and arrogantly playing to the most base and cruel elements of the repuke party, thinking he can parlay this type of arrogance into furthering his career. I think he wants to take over the GOP. He's smart and clever. WATCH HIM CAREFULLY!

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