After the famous Mexican communicator, Juan Jose Origel, better known as “Pepillo”, Let it be known that he traveled to Florida, United States entity, for get vaccinated against COVID-19, there were several reactions due to this act.
A user of Twitter, identified as Héctor L. Frisbie, who according to his profile data has 34 years of experience in medicine within institutions such as the ONE, the University panameric and the Binational Public Health Research Institute, mentioned that lor made by “Pepillo” Origel could have serious consequences for the Mexican.
According to what was written in his account, Frisbie affirmed that non-US residents who have lied to be vaccinated, and are identified, they will not receive the second dose of antigen, their VISA would be canceled and they could be subject to a fine of up to USD 15,000, including Origel.
This is made possible by various laws that the North American country is governed by. For example, False Statements Liability Act of 1996 points out that canyone who falsifies, conceals or conceals any material fact, makes a statement, spoken or written, false before any American authority could be fined or imprisoned for up to five years.
Also, the Immigration and Nationality Law (INA) notes that lying, or performing any immoral act to obtain any immigration benefit can be considered as fraud, which would bring consequences even of a criminal nature.
Some of the punishments could be become inadmissible for having committed immigration fraud (visa fraud). Derived from this, non-immigrant visas cannot be obtained, nor an immigrant. Nor will you adjust status or obtain visa changes.
If Juan José Origel had been discovered during his stay in the United States, could have been deported, and even lead to criminal proceedings to send him to jail and deport him at the end of his term.
There are several long-term consequences for the immigration fraud. For example, there will always be a problem known as “lack of credibility” before consular authorities, customs and immigration courts.
As well, If a benefit was obtained during the stay in the country, as it was with “Pepillo” Origel, it is possible to revoke the document that allows the stay in the US. And not only to the VISA, it also applies to the green card or the same citizenship.
The action performed by the show program host escalated to the US media, who reported the case and indicated that he was a participant in the “vaccination tourism”, Which has been replicated by several people to get the antidote to the SARS-Cov-2 virus rather than in their countries or states of origin.
Because this practice has become common, the state of Florida, where Origel was vaccinated, prohibited it, and urged specialists to request documents that guarantee the patient’s residence, according to the medium Daily Mail. To receive the vaccine they must present a state driver’s license or local identification card.
In a statement made by the Florida Surgeon General, Dr. Scott Rivkees, for NBC, He warned foreigners who would not be allowed to travel to the territory to get vaccinated, because “it is abominable, people should not fly here to get vaccinated and fly away.”
After having traveled to the United States, the entertainment journalist gave an interview to the Ventaneando reporters and said that He managed to get the first dose of the vaccine to be applied in the neighboring country by a call via email. Finally he detailed that he would have to return in about 20 days to obtain the antigen reinforcement.