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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 7, 2016 – Although Trump’s proposal to reduce corporate taxes has been met with some quiet cheering, many large corporations though are alarmed about his stated position on trade and immigration. In fact, 145 tech power brokers wrote that Trump would be “a disaster for innovation.” Presidential candidate Donald Trump affects every voter in the United States on both sides of the ticket, in all parties, on all levels. Voters, potential voters and newly registered voters love him, hate him or are teetering in the middle ground over his policies, approach, rhetoric and inflammatory […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 15, 2016 – Unaccompanied Central American children face horrendous travails when crossing the U.S. border. Many of the children who attempt to come to the United States and make it across the border are running for their lives. Running from drug cartels, gangs and various situations that make it highly unsafe for them to continue living in their exceedingly dangerous home countries, often El Salvador, Honduras or Guatemala. Young male and female children are used as mules to distribute illegal products. If they refuse, they may face death threats or be raped. Gangs recruit […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2016 – Since 2014, over 3 million new immigrants have settled in the United States. According to a report released by the Center for Immigration Studies, 3.1 million immigrants have moved to the United States since 2014. Over 1.1 million are illegal or undocumented immigrants. The overall figures break out to show that 550,000 such immigrants entered in 2014 and in 2015, a figure much higher than the last recorded immigration surge in 2012 and 2013 during which 350,000 entered each year. Despite suggestion by the media that the greatest flow of immigrants […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 1, 2016 – While the end may be in sight for presidential campaigning, immigration reform and border control continue to ignite controversy. It is the gift that keeps on fuelling political rhetoric, striking at the foundation of any progress made to date. During the course of his campaign, Donald Trump virtually single-handedly struck fear into the hearts of millions of immigrants who had just become comfortable enough to come out of the shadows. If nothing else, everyone knows where he stands on immigration reform, and it is not in a good place. While many […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2016 – When Obama was elected, immigrants thought immigration reform had begun. It had to a certain extent. Now Ted Cruz and Donald Trump (the Crump Effect) have cast a pall on immigration reform, effectively driving immigrants back into the shadows. The Obama administration did make landmark strides in effecting changes in the immigration system. While many of his actions met with dissent and controversy, many immigrants applauded what he accomplished for them. Many got the prevailing message of the day — it is okay to be illegal because that is going to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 11, 2016 – Immigration enforcement just took a turn for the worse. An officer was recently charged with obtaining sex and/or cash from undocumented immigrants while promising protection and working papers. Deportation has been a hot button for a long time, particularly since Obama’s executive orders relating to immigration seemed to be at odds with what federal deportation officers were doing. Says the Economist: “America is deporting immigrants at nine times the rate of 20 years ago; nearly 2 million so far under Barack Obama, easily outpacing any previous president.” And yet, government figures […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2016 – What was once a faint hope began to possibly take shape when the government said the paper forms used by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services would be digitized and put online. It was a good idea while it lasted. In the process of attempting to implement the good idea, the federal government has shelled out over $1 billion to date to get those records and application forms online. That process started 10 years ago and today there is not much to show for it, with the single exception of one […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) Otober 7, 2015 – Immigration reform has many benefits for the country as a whole, including how it would positively affect worker’s wages. However, there is an argument that unskilled immigrants compete with unskilled American workers for jobs. Either way that argument is worked, the issue remains the same. Without immigration reform and the implementation of significant, substantial changes, no one benefits to any great degree and the country remains at a standstill with millions of undocumented immigrants living in the shadows. “This is, at best, a murky area as many American born workers do […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2015 – In the latest of moves ostensibly aimed at aiding illegal immigrants, the Obama administration is attempting to make it easier for them to come back to the U.S. after returning to their homeland to apply for a visa. “The administration appears to be attempting to promote family unity, but it seems that move has offended the political conservatives who consider it to be another prime example of lax immigration enforcement,” said well-respected Houston, Texas, immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee. Currently, foreigners have to apply at the U.S. Consulate in their home country, […]


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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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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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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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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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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) 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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