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Martinez Manglardi Immigration Law Expert Cited in Wall Street Journal

Immigration law expert Francisco Symphorien, Managing Attorney for the Immigration Division at Martinez Manglardi, P.A., was recently quoted as an authority in a Wall Street Journal story about the current state of deportation proceedings as they pertain to the case of a Major League Baseball player facing removal orders stemming from a child pornography scandal. Felipe Vázquez, a pitcher for the Pittsburg Pirates, was arrested last month on charges of solicitation of sex from a teenage girl and child pornography. According to the WSJ, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is watching the case. This would likely mean deportation proceedings for the Venezuelan-born All-Star relief pitcher if convicted.


Francisco Symphorien, a Venezuelan-American attorney in Orlando who has a large client base of Venezuelans fighting removal orders in cases that don’t involve serious crimes, said he was unaware of the Trump administration being able to carry one out this year.

“I think there’s a theoretical possibility, but as a practical matter it’s very difficult to get it done,” he said.

To deport a foreign national, the U.S. generally needs the person’s home country to provide travel documents and agree to accept the person. The U.S. has recognized opposition politician Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s sole legitimate leader, and imposed a total economic embargo on the Maduro government. The U.S. has also suspended all commercial and cargo flights to Venezuela over security concerns.

 – The Wall Street Journal


Martinez Manglardi, P.A. Immigration Law Expert


Immigration Law expertFrancisco “Frank” Symphorien-Saavedra, Esq., Managing Attorney for the Immigration Division at Martinez Manglardi, P.A., in Orlando, Fl., regularly provides commentary on Univision and has appeared on Unimas, News 13, and other news outlets. He is a Board Certified Immigration  Expert and a member of the  Immigration & Nationality Law Certification Committee of the Florida Bar. Less than 8% of all lawyers in Florida have earned Board Certification. Mr. Symphorian is a Top Rated Immigration Attorney and a  SuperLawyer Rising Star. He is AV rated “Preeminent” byMartindale-Hubbell and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Contact:  attorney@martinezmanglardi.com or 407-381-4123.