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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 4, 2015 – Capitol Hill is constantly gripped by infighting over current policy, from Obamacare to immigration reform. But from an optimistic angle, Republicans’ obstructive defiance and confrontational attitude actually empowered Obama to partially achieve his reform goals. Work permits have been extended, undocumented immigrants have been sheltered from deportation and high-tech visas have been expanded. Restrictions have been relaxed for highly educated, skilled foreign workers, and law enforcement officials have been ordered to focus on undocumented immigrants with histories of violence and/or criminal records. “Recent history relating to immigration reform mostly speaks for […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 27, 2015 – Several states have filed lawsuits against the recent measures, while other states and cities have acted to support the president. In December, the political dispute over President Obama’s executive action on immigration entered a legal phase. Texas, later joined by 25 other states, filed a lawsuit seeking to block the president’s reforms from taking effect. Subsequent to that lawsuit, a dozen states and the District of Columbia filed an amicus brief in support of the White House. And in late January, the legal battle on the issue added a states-versus-cities element […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2015 – The United States would not be the global power it is today without the presence and contributions of immigrants. “Many Americans do not realize where the term the ‘American Dream’ came from,” says Miami immigration attorney, Larry Rifkin, “and what it means.” First appearing in James Adams’ 1931 book “The Epic of America,” the expression described the complexity of social expectations, beliefs, political expectations, and religious promises held by Americans at the time of the Great Depression. The term itself represented a melting pot of meanings, and over time the connotation […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – Clearly indicating that the U.S. immigration court system is plagued by backlogs, the Justice Department has announced that the hearing date for thousands of immigrants will be pushed back nearly five years.  And on the same day the department made the announcement, the Senate held confirmation hearings for the president’s nominee for attorney general. In them, immigration became an unexpectedly prominent and heated issue. The Justice Department’s January 28 announcement is likely to affect thousands, if not tens of thousands, of immigrants. Most affected individuals are considered nonpriority cases, living freely […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2015 – Homeland Security wants to track immigrant families who have illegally crossed the border and entered the U.S. with ankle bracelets employing GPS tracking. “In the never ending war to keep borders secure, a virtually impossible task, Homeland Security is tracking illegals captured and released with ankle bracelets that use GPS,” says Larry Rifkin, a Miami attorney specializing in immigration law. The intention of the program is to snap ankle bracelets on some of the parents caught crossing the border in Rio Grande Valley with their children. Along with the bracelet, Immigration […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 27, 2015 – On December 17, President Obama announced that the United States would restore diplomatic relations with Cuba and will open an American embassy in Havana for the first time in more than 50 years. The surprising change in U.S. foreign policy portends an open dialogue between the erstwhile Cold War enemies, but it is less clear how the resumption of relations will impact Cuban immigration policy. The president has also signaled that he wants to lift the 54-year-old U.S. trade embargo on Cuba. But a shift in trade policy would require cooperation […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 23, 2015 – Immigration reform is still on every politician’s lips, and it may remain there for many years to come. “Yes, the President took executive action to protect a small segment of illegal immigrants. Yes, those immigrants are poised to take advantage of the action. No, this is not a permanent fix for the immigration system. But it may be a step forward in the right direction, provided everyone can determine, collectively, what the right direction is or needs to be to accomplish reform,” remarked Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 20, 2015 – In plans to block the president’s executive order on immigration, the House passed a bill that died upon arrival in Democratic Senate. In a largely symbolic gesture, the House of Representatives voted on December 4 to try to prevent President Obama’s executive order on immigration from taking effect. The legislation, which passed the Republican-controlled chamber in a 219 to 197 vote, declared null and void the president’s attempt to exempt more than four million immigrants from deportations. The measure was not taken up by the Democrat-led Senate. Tea Party Republicans have […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 16, 2015 – In 2005, Arizona passed a state law cracking down on smugglers who illegally transported men, women and children across the U.S. border. But on November 8, Susan Bolton, a federal judge, struck the law down in U.S. District Court. The law was originally intended to curb one of the largest, most active immigrant smuggling hubs in the nation. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio relied on the law to use racial profiling in his well-publicized crackdown on undocumented immigrants, which set off a tidal wave of human rights lawsuits. When the 2005 […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2014 – Despite Republican electoral rout, Obama sets stage for showdown with legislative branch. President Obama was reflective in the wake of Election Day, when Republicans took control of the U.S. Senate and increased their margin in the House of Representatives. But any thought that the president would emerge from November 4 chastened and resigned to a lame-duck status was rejected on November 20 when Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration reform, reiterating his call for congressional Republicans to pass an immigration measure. Obama revealed his plans on immigration in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 29, 2014 – The debt cannot be tackled without both political parties coming together to approach debt reduction. Immigration reform could boost the financially sagging agricultural sector. The concerns are not just economic. They run much deeper, even affecting the next generation and the present outlook on the lack of growth of a nation still teetering on the brink of economic instability. “What we do not deal with now passes to the next generation. What we have now may not be available to the next generation. Taking action now is critical. However, immigration reform […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 23, 2014 – Modi’s historic invitation of a U.S. president to a January event follows key visa reforms. Republic Day celebrates the anniversary of the adoption of India’s constitution, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended President Obama an invitation to attend the event in New Delhi when he journeys to India in January. Obama quickly accepted Modi’s invitation and will meet with the premier and other Indian officials in the wake of his own historic initiatives on immigration reform. Modi invited Obama via Twitter to attend the January 26 Republic Day parade […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 22, 2014 – More than 68,000 children have arrived in the U.S. without their parents since October 2013. The rush to deport some of them has begun. Many U.S. border states face overloaded federal court dockets dealing with the issue of deporting children who have illegally crossed the border to find safety, their families or both. The federal government is asking to have the children and teenagers deported because they are in the country without documentation. The process is happening so quickly that child advocates and attorneys are calling the hearings the “rocket” or […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 15, 2014 – In relation to immigration reform, it is not just immigrants struggling to find seasonal agricultural jobs in the United States who are cause for concern. Employers also desperately need workers to plant, maintain and harvest their fields and feed the nation. With immigration reform still a questionable hope for the future, based on the path of the president’s executive action, the agricultural industry is facing further uncertainty. Without enough workers, food supplies do not get to market,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 8, 2014 – The political pendulum, largely based on voter opinion, is once again swinging away from the idea of helping illegal immigrants achieve citizenship. A recent poll by NBC News and the Wall Street Journal tallied that only 53 percent of Americans are in favor of immigration reform – a stark drop from a 64 percent approval rating in April of 2013. “A public change in opinion on immigration reform is not unusual. However, it is disappointing, given the momentum of the last couple of years to accomplish reform,” indicated Miami immigration attorney […]


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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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