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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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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 28, 2014 – Suppressing the total number of H-1B visa immigrants in the United States would actually result in fewer U.S. job opportunities overall. As members of Congress consider immigration reform, businesses dependent on a significant quotient of foreign-born, highly skilled workers gird their loins. There is a very real possibility that the federal government will further curtail the number of H-1B visas available. These visas are necessary for these educated individuals to come to the United States to work.  Reform would certainly damage opportunities for foreign-born workers. But if more restrictive legislation passes, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2014 – What started out as a potential “maybe” for immigration reform at the start of 2014 has now deteriorated to a “No, not until 2015.” “Listening to the various positions held by the House Speaker and the President is entertaining, but definitely not informative. The President states immigration reform must be passed this year. John Boehner agreed in January, but now says not until 2015 because then the Republicans would likely have a majority in the House and Senate,” remarks Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 17, 2014 – Many Americans feel Obamacare is built on lies, resulting in a fiasco. Now, the need to push through immigration reform has taken on a note of desperation. “It’s interesting to note that many Americans feel they got ‘had’ when it comes to Obamacare. And now, it seems the Democrats are pushing immigration reform to happen soon. Now the President says it’s time to allow immigrants to fulfill their dreams, for Republicans to do the right thing. Really? If anyone else gets the sense this is a shell game, or diversionary tactic, […]


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Participants are paid to review branding material and provide feedback on proposed designs. San Francisco, CA (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – When law firms rebrand, create new marketing literature or design a new website, they want to know what their target market thinks. Anyone who has hired a lawyer in the United States after 2004 can now receive compensation for participation in a Custom Legal Marketing focus group. To qualify, a focus group participant must have retained a lawyer within the last 10 years. Both the focus group member and the retained attorney must have been (and be) […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2014 – Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has criticized U.S. immigration policy and called for reform. Jindal, a Republican who has been mentioned as a possible 2016 presidential candidate, had some harsh words for the U.S. immigration system in an interview with CNN on February 2, 2014. As the son of Indian immigrants, the governor communicated a sense of frustration, but also the hope that his party may be edging closer toward compromise legislation on immigration in 2014. Jindal, whose parents emigrated to the United States from Punjab, told CNN’s Candy Crowley that the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 26, 2014 – Increased demand for EB-5 visas allowing foreign investors to gain permanent residence in the U.S. may lead to a backlog in visa availability. Activity in the investor EB-5 visa program has expanded widely over the past several years, and a record number of EB-5 petitions were filed during fiscal year 2013. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that 6,517 initial EB-5 visa petitions were received from foreign investors under the program. At of the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30, 2013), 3,696 investor petitions had been […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 20, 2014 – President Obama and congressional Republicans are now offering nuanced views on immigration issues for 2014. Key developments in January suggest that immigration reform may finally be close to realization. The first month of the year has already seen a presidential interview and a new set of principles on immigration promulgated by the House Republican caucus. Hope for an enacted compromise seems stronger than ever before as both sides of the debate take steps toward each other’s positions. In the wake of his State of the Union address, President Obama granted an […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 14, 2014 – There is a lot of speculation about what the real reasons are for the holdup on immigration reform. Meanwhile, it languishes in the House. “In the greater scheme of things, it may not matter what the reasons are for delaying immigration reform. The fact is, it is not going anywhere and this has a direct impact on over 11 million undocumented illegals in the nation. 2013 was hailed as ‘the’ year it would be passed. Truth be told, there is an agreement of sorts out there, but it sits on the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 7, 2014 – Immigration reform is also about gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals. This is truly comprehensive reform. “When Americans speak of immigration reform, they tend to think in broad strokes, only thinking about immigrant workers. In truth,” says Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “really comprehensive immigration reform has a much broader scope than that, and it includes gays, lesbians, the disabled, women and bisexuals, whether we like it or not. Reform is about improving […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 24, 2014 – Looming H-1B restrictions have impelled Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation to announce an increase in U.S. hirees at its Texas location. In anticipation of possible restrictions on H-1B visas and in an attempt to improve the image of outsourcing firms, Gordon Coburn, Cognizant’s president, made a high-profile announcement in Texas on December 2, 2013. Coburn publicly stated that his company would hire 10,000 new workers from the United States, including at least 750 at a new facility in Texas. Cognizant, one of the biggest applicants for green cards in the nation, employs […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2014 – A nominee for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputy is still being scrutinized for alleged favoritism in his allocation of visas. Alejandro Mayorkas, an Obama-administration nominee for a top post with the DHS, has been under the cloud of a federal investigation for months. But on December 11, 2013, he took an important step forward toward confirmation when Democrats on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved his nomination. Mayorkas, the current director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), has been nominated to serve as deputy to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 17, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2013 – In an interesting move, California is stepping up to the bat of immigration reform and making grassroots changes that may surge across the nation. “This news story is out of California, but it could just as easily be coming out of Florida. It seems Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers got their wings clipped when it comes to using fingerprints to deport Hispanics under the Secure Communities program. Of the nearly 12,000 people deported, just about 50 percent of them had only committed misdemeanors or did not have a record at all. The […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2013 – The demand for qualified college students from abroad is high, but with current U.S. immigration laws, many must leave the country immediately after graduation. Among the primary documents that technology companies (and other firms that employ significant numbers of foreign workers) use, the H1-B visa stands out as the most important. However, the H1-B visa is only valid for employment and does not cover another group of skilled workers that American companies often covet: foreign-born students with degrees. But the F-1 visa students rely upon to enter American universities from abroad […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 6, 2013 – Debt ceiling and budget issues aside, the current approach to immigration may be missing the vital component of vetting applicants. “Yes, not vet, is a refrain being heard from the president of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Council (USCIS), Kenneth Palinkas, and oddly enough, no one seems to be listening. No small surprise when it comes to politicians,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. Why is Mr. Palinkas speaking out about passing […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2013 – Lack of immigration reform is helping Indian IT firms to retain visas. Immigration reform has been a top priority for the White House, but the recent setbacks of the Obama administration, as well as the politically charged gridlock on Capitol Hill, have brought key legislation to a near standstill. Viewers in some quarters watch in dismay while reform speed grinds to a halt. But Indian information technology companies, heavily reliant on a steady, unrestricted supply of the H-1B and L1 visas threatened by the proposed legislation, may be able to continue […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – Immigration reform is still one of the most pressing domestic issues in the U.S. It is being derailed once again. “Most Americans get the idea that passing immigration reform would improve the economy, strengthen our presence abroad and offer extra stability for local communities. However, most don’t understand that immigration reform is closely tied to the health care system,” explained Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It is odd that Americans and politicians seem to […]


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