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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2015 – In March 2015, the federal government hastily filed an emergency motion to the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking to remove an injunction issued in February 2015 in Brownsville, Texas. The request to uphold the initial injunction brought many Attorneys General out of the woodwork from across the United States. Represented in the briefs filed with the Texas court to uphold the injunction were: New Mexico, California, Hawaii, Vermont, Rhode Island, Maryland, Iowa, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. “The injunction […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 15, 2015 – Could E-Verify be a possible answer to fixing the immigration system? Democrats and Republicans both had a hand in creating the current problematic issues in the immigration system through their refusal to cooperate. The latest development is a Texas court issuing and upholding an injunction to stay Obama’s immigration reform executive actions. “In the House, Republicans retaliated against the president’s actions by holding up appropriations and confirmations,” says Miami immigration attorney, Larry S. Rifkin. It stands to reason that the solution lies in both parties working together rather than against each […]


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Southfield, MI (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2015 – February 2015 was a deadly month for the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center. More than 179 may have been infected with the potentially deadly bacteria Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), leading to two deaths. “It’s a patients worst nightmare; receiving a deadly infection while in hospital for treatment,” explains Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation representative. “In this case, Silvia Aroche received multiple treatments, referred to as Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangio-Pancreatoscopy (ERCP) that involved the use of an endoscope being threaded down her throat. That endoscope was contaminated.” If CRE bacteria reach the bloodstream, the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2015 – Conflicts, especially war in Syria, contributed to swelling total of immigrants seeking safe haven. For several years, widespread anecdotal reports have suggested that the number of asylum-seekers worldwide has substantially increased. Many of these reports pointed to a growing rash of conflicts around the globe as reasoning. On March 26, the United Nations high commissioner for refugees confirmed those suggestions, stated that the number of asylum-seekers peaked last year, reaching a 20-year high. High Commissioner Antonio Guterres officially announced that 866,000 people from less-developed nations sought asylum in industrialized countries in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 24, 2015 – Immigration reform is not just about securing borders or allowing more visas for highly skilled workers or reducing deportations. It affects the nation many sectors of the economy, including the gricultural sector. “People forget that agriculture also involves cows and other farm animals and not just seasonal workers picking crops,” says Larry Rifkin, a well-respected Miami immigration attorney and managing partner for Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, PA. “For some time now, since the rift between political parties has adversely affected immigration reform, dairy farmers have been unable to find enough workers to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 13, 2015 – The Obama administration has upped legal ante in the wake of friction over its revelation on extended work permits. President Obama’s executive action on immigration has been on hold since a federal district ruling in Texas blocked the administration’s immigration measures. On March 12, the White House elevated the legal battle, asking the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans to issue an emergency stay of the judge’s injunction. The March 12 request could potentially counter intense opposition that has accompanied a complex case and a recent series […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2015 – The Justice Department is arguing that the Texas judge’s ruling violates constitutional separation of powers. On February 16, a federal judge in Texas ruled that President Obama’s executive action on immigration must not be implemented until the courts have an opportunity to decide whether the chief executive’s order was constitutional. When the ruling was issued, the White House objected but did not immediately move to counteract it. As of February 23, the Justice Department has responded to the judge’s ruling, filing a motion to appeal his decision. In the Justice Department’s […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2015 – The 2014 election was barely over before all thoughts turned to the 2016 election. Many new voting faces, and perhaps a new perspective, will be involved for both parties. The increased presence of voters of color could very visibly change the face of the nation in the next election. While the recent midterm elections did select many more Republicans than perhaps expected, the party’s success is not necessarily maintainable for the 2016 election. Midterms usually have lower voter turnouts in general, and the racial and cultural demographics of those voters are […]


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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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