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Undocumented Salvadoran in Belize for 14 years given Order To Leave despite plans to marry Belizean girlfriend

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Posted: Wednesday, October 6, 2021. 11:16 am CST.

By BBN Staff: A Salvadoran national, Jose Marlon Tejeda Vasquez, was fined $1,000 in court yesterday for failing to present his visitor permit on-demand to an Immigration Officer and given an Order To Leave (OTL).
The Immigration Officer sought the OTL because Vasquez reportedly “has no immediate ties to the country and his passport expired”.

Vasquez was unrepresented in court and told the court his girlfriend is all he has in Belize for the last 14 years. He said that six months ago she lost their baby after being involved in an accident and he was hoping to get married to her soon.

But Senior Magistrate Pitts-Anderson, while expressing sympathy, told Vasquez that after 14 years of living in Belize he should have legalized himself. She noted that not doing so was a lapse on his part.

With that, she granted the OTL and ordered him to pay the fine of $1,005.00 with the cost of the court fine forthwith, or in default – six months imprisonment.

Vasquez was able to pay his fine and remain in custody until he can be sent back home to Salvador.

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