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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 19, 2015 – The 2015 Top Lawyers list, published by H Texas Magazine, recognizes top lawyers in their fields as nominated and voted for by their peers. “It is indeed an honor to be recognized by my immigration colleagues for the second year in a row,” said principal attorney, Annie Banerjee, at the Law Office of Annie Bannerjee, Houston, Texas. In 1996, Annie Banerjee graduated from the South Texas College of Law, ranking the third highest in her class and on a full academic scholarship. She made the Dean’s List and worked as Assistant […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2015 – The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is cracking down on unregistered broker dealers receiving commissions within the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program. The EB-5 program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States, either in a new or existing business, or in a “regional center,” a third-party managed investment vehicle. Regional centers are permitted to charge the immigrant investors an administration fee for creating and developing investment projects, but as recent action by the SEC makes clear, companies, immigration attorneys […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 3, 2015 – Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner stated during his recent visit to Ireland that he is going to make immigration reform a top priority. His remarks, given his previous refusals to bring the topic to a vote, may be construed as placating and conciliatory. “Immigration reform has been a gleam in many a politician’s eye since the first attempt at making it happen,” said well-respected Houston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. “Due to the nature of politics, though, not much has happened other than quick patches to appease certain […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2015 – Former governor would await congressional legislation before acting on predecessor’s policy. Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, a leading candidate for the 2016 Republican nomination for president, has been a vocal critic of President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. But on May 11, Bush indicated that if he were elected president, he would not immediately repeal Obama’s actions. Bush made his comments in a televised interview in which he defended his previous support for allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses and their children to pay in-state tuition rates for a college […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2015 – Beginning May 26, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting applications for employment authorization from qualifying H-4 spouses of H-1B visa holders. An H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa classification that allows a U.S. employer to temporarily employ a foreign worker in a specialty occupation that requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree and specialized knowledge in a field. H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members of an H-1B visa holder. The change in policy means that an H-4 spouse may apply for employment authorization if their H-1B spouse […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 10, 2014 – Decision in favor of Mexican immigrant marks key victory for so-called Dreamers. In what could be a test case for immigrant rights in the country, an appellate panel of the New York state Supreme Court on June 3 overturned a committee’s 2013 decision that denied an undocumented immigrant the right to practice law. As a result of the court’s ruling, Cesar Vargas, a 31-year-old immigrant from Mexico, will be admitted to the New York state bar and be able to work as a lawyer. Vargas was not the first undocumented immigrant […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2015 – Politically speaking, immigration reform is a conundrum of mixed messages, oxymorons and smoke and mirrors. It may never get done. Consider the latest politician to have once stood solidly behind making sure immigration reform came to pass – Marco Rubio. “To hear him speak today, any type of major reform to the system is not a political possibility,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a noted Miami immigration attorney and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff P.A. “He apparently realizes there is no way to implement one huge piece of legislation to accomplish […]


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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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