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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 25, 2014 – Drawn to a strengthening U.S. economy, Indian immigrants formed the largest group of newcomers in 2013. The U.S. Census Bureau has made official what seemed only anecdotally true until now: the number of immigrants to the United States grew in 2013. By 523,400, to be precise. That figure is higher than the 446,800 total recorded in 2012 and represents the biggest single increase since 2006.  As a result of the uptick in immigration, nearly one in six adults living in the United States is now foreign-born. And unlike previous periods of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 20, 2014 – Depending on the political party one listens to, immigration reform is an excellent or terrible plan.  But no one is asking the immigrants waiting for reform. “Statistics have been released that show tens of thousands of unaccompanied children crossing the border to find their families. President Obama indicated his intention to use executive action to spur reform, but he eventually backed away from signing such an order,” outlined Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration attorney. Whenever an American president indicates an intention to use executive powers, the potential ramifications may develop into […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 18, 2014 – The Indian premier has offered initiatives for reform, but U.S. policy remains largely frozen by domestic politics. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s historic, early-fall trip to the United States was marked by much fanfare as he captivated audiences in New York and Washington, D.C. However, despite the high hopes that Modi’s first official foray to this country would help engender movement on visa reform (among other areas of U.S.-Indian common interest) a more liberal policy on visas has not been forthcoming from a U.S. government paralyzed by a politics-driven gridlock. New […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2014 – Politicians did not like President Obama suggesting he intended to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They suggested such a move had the potential to completely destroy reform prospects. President Obama had indicated he intended to use his executive powers to do something about immigration reform, since the House did nothing about it in August. At the same time, a set of politicians were attempting to sue the president for allegedly abusing his executive powers.  “Another faction said that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 27, 2014 – President Obama intended to take executive action on immigration reform, but he ultimately decided not to move forward. Was that a good move? “This was one of the biggest open-ended questions of the legislative year. Wasting time speculating on whether or not he intended to tackle immigration reform on his own is just that: a waste of time. Unfortunately, either way, the immigration system is unlikely to improve immediately,” commented Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin. Politicians and advocacy groups speculated that any last-minute moves may have backfired with the Congressional majorities […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 14, 2014 – India’s national, low-budget effort reached its Martian goal because of the high concentration of skilled talent involved. On September 24, India’s Mars Orbiter Mission spacecraft reached planetary orbit. The achievement is particularly significant because of the small budget upon which the program operates. In beating out its Asian rivals, the Indian Space Research Organization (IRSO) accomplishment also focused attention on the large pool of professionals in India with skill sets in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Carrying the affectionately significant acronym “MOM,” the Indian spacecraft not only reached Mars orbit before […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2014 – Modi’s first official visit to the United States as India’s Prime Minister included both a boisterous welcome and serious talks. A jubilant, cheering crowd of 19,000 fans received Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The roar that greeted the newly elected Modi for his speech at the arena followed a more measured reception at the U.N. General Assembly and preceded the warm, though more formal, meetings at the White House. Modi’s appearance in New York, which marked his first official visit to the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2014 – The possibility for executive action prior to the Congressional election is dead. “Even though the President had indicated he would use his executive powers to put amnesty into place for illegal aliens, he has now, once again, backed away from that course of action,” indicated Miami immigration attorney Larry Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “Obama is now viewed as the cause behind immigration reform delay.” On June 30, the president told the press that he would use a set of executive actions to move immigration reform forward before the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 25, 2014 – President Obama has indicated he intends to use his executive powers to take (as yet undefined) action on immigration reform. The House did nothing about it in August. Politicians have rankled against President Obama’s suggestion to use his executive powers to deal with immigration reform. They argue that such a move has the potential to completely destroy reform potential. One set of politicians is allegedly suing Obama for abusing his executive powers. “Another faction says that granting temporary, questionable legal status to illegal aliens, without dealing with border security or protecting […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 15, 2014 – President Obama is preparing an executive order that could allow millions of undocumented immigrants to stay in the United States. Since October 2013, the United States has been facing a surge of tens of thousands of Central American children who cross the border unaccompanied by parents or guardians. But earlier this year, Congress failed to pass broader immigration reform. Together, these factors are spurring the president to action. “The current crisis brings the need for immigration reform into focus,” said Annie Banerjee, an immigration attorney in Houston. Administration officials have spoken […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 8, 2014 – After thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children arrived in 2014, Texas has eased standards determining the size and type of facilities that house them. Tens of thousands of children have entered the United States illegally since October 2013, mostly from Central America. As of the end of July, about 6,300 children were housed in shelters (a reduction from around 7,600 in June). Numerous non-profit and government agencies have been involved in housing and managing the influx of immigrant children. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has coordinated the response. Disaster relief teams, charities […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 27, 2014 – Rather than deal with issues that concern the nation, including immigration reform, House Speaker John Boehner has diverted attention to a lawsuit he is filing against President Obama. “It’s incomprehensible why Boehner would do something this nonsensical when an election is knocking on the door. His lawsuit alleges that the President is not executing the laws of the land by using his executive actions to change laws. The Obama administration strategies are old news, which makes his actions even stranger — until examined under the magnifying glass of potential political gain […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2014 – Newly liberalized Canadian immigration policies may benefit the country’s tech sector. The number of U.S. visas extended to skilled foreign workers has become locked in the frozen morass of immigration debate. Canada recently made it clear that it was adopting a decidedly different tack on immigration policy from its neighbor to the south. As Washington dithers on reforming its visa regime, Ottawa’s new initiative could reap dividends for Canada’s economy, especially in its growing technology sector. On July 7, the new Canadian policy on visas, dubbed CAN+, was unveiled by Chris […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 20, 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied, minor, illegal immigrants entering the United States may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from 2014’s $868 million accumulation. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and they are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. The numbers of young, unregistered immigrants entering the country have jumped ten-fold over […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 14, 2014 – The annual Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “I was delighted to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for work in this field,” said Annie Banerjee, principal attorney at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston. H Texas Magazine annually recognizes distinguished, high-achieving lawyers. H Texas Magazine mails nominee ballots to local lawyers, extending an invitation for them to vote. Once nominations are received and verified by editorial staff, pertinent background information is double-checked. In […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 11, 2014 – First U.S. Cabinet officer to meet Modi may set stage for fall talks with Obama. In the midst of contentious negotiations concerning international flash points including Iran, Ukraine and Gaza, John Kerry continued his jet-lag-inducing whirlwind of diplomatic initiatives when he arrived in India for three days starting July 30. But unlike the players involved in the trio of potential or current sources of conflict, the Secretary of State’s hosts in New Delhi presented him with an array of issues they have been eager to discuss to deepen the countries’ relationship. […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 5 2014 – The cost of unaccompanied minor illegal immigrants entering the U.S. may run to roughly $2.28 billion by next year. U.S. taxpayers are footing that bill. “The $2.28 billion figure, which is an estimate, has shot up from $868 million this year. These figures were sent to the Senate and House Appropriations by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and are based on the assumption that unaccompanied minors are likely to continue to flood the borders. They have jumped ten-fold over the last three years,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a well-respected Miami […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2014 – Immigration reform is likely to be a major election campaign issue. “There are plenty of predictions about who will win the election, such as Nate Silver’s forecast on ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight.com. Silver suggests the GOP will win control of the Senate and remain in control of the House of Representatives. He also foresees that Republicans may snag as many as six seats in the Senate alone. His forecast is predicated on the apparent flagging popularity of the President, balanced with the GOP’s ever increasing slate of relatively appealing candidates,” says Larry Rikfin, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 18, 2014 – Immigration reform has long been a sticking point between Republican members and their House Speaker, John Boehner. This situation seems to have gotten worse. “It seems that Boehner has two points of view on immigration reform. The first comes to the fore when assuring party members in opposition to comprehensive immigration that zero will be done about the issue until the President and his men can be relied upon to enforce the laws. Republicans figure that really means that will never happen. Boehner’s party members accuse him of double-speak,” adds Larry […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 5, 2014 – The Smithsonian Natural History museum has opened a new exhibit detailing Indian-American accomplishments and history in the United States. “Beyond Bollywood: Indian-Americans Shape the Nation” showcases the major cultural, economic and historic contributions Indian-Americans have made to the United States. The ground-breaking exhibit examines more than 200 years of Indian immigration, and it also suggests that debates over immigration are nothing new in this country. “Throughout American history, the demand for foreign-born workers has been satisfied by immigrants from India to a significant extent,” detailed Annie Banerjee, a leading Texas immigration […]


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