NEW YORK — In the months since his arrival in the United States in September 2015, Matthew Langer, a U.S. citizen who arrived with his family on a fishing boat in the Bahamas, has been in a virtual limbo.
“It’s a very different country,” Langer said.
“They don’t really have a lot of information about what I’m doing here.”
The United States has provided a temporary, one-way pass to Langer to visit relatives and family in the Dominican Republic.
The government of the Dominican president has denied that the United Nations refugee agency has jurisdiction over the Dominican government.
The United Nations says Langer is eligible for asylum, and a hearing with the U.N. refugee agency is set for later this week.
But Langer says he is struggling to get by in the tiny Caribbean nation of 2.4 million, where many people work in the agricultural sector, where a lot depends on their ability to find a job.
“I’m trying to survive on my own, I’m trying not to be homeless,” L, who was born in Trinidad and has roots in the Caribbean nation, told CBS News.
Langer has been a refugee in the U: States since March of last year.
Since then, he has been staying in a shelter in Miami with his brother, who is also a U and a U-Haul truck driver.
He has also found work at a local bank.
“As long as you have money and a roof over your head, it’s not really an issue,” Lager said.
But he is now being pushed back to Miami to find housing for his family.
“At the moment, we have no money.
There’s no food.
It’s very hard to get anything for your family,” he said.
Langers family is struggling financially, and Langer worries he will lose his job.
He is working with a group called the Miami Immigrant Legal Center, which is providing temporary housing for families who are in crisis and are unable to find permanent housing.
“We have a large number of people here who are here because they are families who have nowhere else to go, no place to go to, no education,” said Maria Tostadillo, a Miami-based lawyer with the Miami-Dade Immigrant Rights Project.
Tostamino says the organization has helped some people move into temporary housing in Miami.
But others say they have found it difficult to find affordable housing in their new home, or have found that they cannot afford to stay there long term.
“There are a lot people here, people who have children and families, who are homeless,” said Jose Crespo, the co-founder of the Miami Immigration Coalition, an advocacy group that is working to provide support for families and their children.
“When you’re not paying your rent, you don’t have any money to eat.
And it’s really heartbreaking.”
Crespos family, which includes a three-year-old daughter, recently lost its home because it was foreclosed on.
“Right now, we can’t afford to keep them,” he told CBS.
LANGER’S HEALTH Problems in the country have been growing over the last two years.
In May of last to help finance his trip, Langer was diagnosed with colon cancer.
“For three years I had cancer,” L said.
He was told by doctors that he had a 20- to 30-year survival rate.
But since then, his cancer has grown, and he is currently battling it for a second time.
“Every day I’m worrying about it, I’ve been struggling,” he added.
“This cancer has a very, very bad prognosis.
It is very, highly curable.
I don’t know what’s going to happen.
If it comes back, I’ll be out of here.”
Langer told CBS that he and his family have no insurance to cover his medical expenses.
“If I get sick, I can’t pay for my medication and they’ll take my money,” he explained.
“So I have to go through this whole ordeal every day.”
He said he is still struggling to find enough money to pay for his medications, but said he would consider paying for it himself if the government provided a one-time exemption to the United Nation’s refugee program.
LANDING IN A LANDLING NEW YORK The island nation of Dominica, a popular tourist destination, is located in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Bahamas.
Its economy depends on fishing, tourism, and tourism.
Many of the people in the small Caribbean nation are working in the agriculture sector, and many have found employment as truck drivers, cooks, or farmers.
“You can’t just go in there and make a living,” said Antonio Cresposa, a driver for a trucking company in Miami-Fort Lauderdale.
He and his wife