Posted by The Next Word on Saturday, February 11, 2019 05:18:28 When a couple from New Zealand paid $30 million to live in the tiny Pacific island of Kauai, the process of getting a $50,000 American passport seemed pretty straightforward.
Unfortunately, that process was a lot less straightforward in the case of a man from New Jersey who wanted to travel to Maui for business.
A New Jersey man who was arrested in Maui in November for illegally crossing the island to seek asylum had just been deported from New York City, according to The New York Times.
In New Jersey, the man, whose name was not released, was charged with illegally crossing over the United States.
The man was arrested on December 14, and the man has been held in custody for two months.
The New Jersey Police Department said the man was in his early 30s, but a New Jersey immigration attorney told The New Yorker that he was in the country illegally for about five years.
The lawyer added that the man is currently under investigation for visa fraud, which is an alleged criminal act.
In addition to the alleged criminal activity, the New Jersey police department said the suspect had also admitted to making false statements about his citizenship status and was seeking asylum.
According to The Washington Post, the case is being investigated by the New York State Department of Homeland Security.
The Department of Justice’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs said in a statement that the New Yorker was being detained at a detention facility at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, which has been cited by immigration officials for several instances of immigration violations.