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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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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) 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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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – The DREAM Act says one thing. The young man nearly deported once and forced to leave later, because of application backlogs, despairs for the future of other Dreamers. “Many Floridians have heard about Juan Gomez, an undocumented immigrant and a Miami high school teen who had just graduated from high school in 2007. Immigration officials came knocking on his door and were set to deport him and his whole family back to Colombia. His classmates pulled out all the stops with social media to keep him in Miami. It worked. He […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Though immigration reform has taken a back burner to the other debates, business leaders are still working to force House Republicans to deal with immigration reform changes. The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook along with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, Marriot hotel’s CEO Bill Marriott, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, have teamed up to push a vote on immigration legislation. They believe immigration reform will strongly bolster the economy. “The widespread support that immigration reform has […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Politics is holding back immigration reform. It is depressing that a whole nation waits on the political aspirations of a few wanting to toss dirt at the President. “When the House broke for the summer, it did not escape anyone’s attention that the immigration reform bill was left on the table. There was no vote held, despite the high hopes held by the nation’s immigrants, and those who support them, for a landmark revamping of the immigration system,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to stalling immigration reform. In the meantime, the one sector that Americans rely on to eat is facing dire circumstances without immigrant workers. “The uncertainty in the agricultural sector from year-to-year is not only unsettling,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “it has the potential to hurry the death of a great number of farms who produce food for our tables. Many […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Big tech companies are still clamoring for Congress to boost the cap on H-1B visas to allow them to hire foreign-born employees. Companies need to address the need for developers, engineers and programmers. But even though the Senate has approved the raising of the cap, smaller companies say they are not able to lure the best H-1B employees, nor can they handle the complex paperwork involved, or have the significant funds needed for the legal expenses that are required. “The complex issues surrounding H-1B have really had a cooling effect on […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2013 – The American Federation of Teachers has joined with numerous faith-based groups, immigration-rights organizations, business owners and other unions to push for immigration reform. The U.S. Senate introduced a bipartisan immigration bill in June. The Senate bill was drafted as a comprehensive reform plan to grant citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrants, increase border security and support the future of education for immigrant children. The bill is sitting in the House of Representatives. “Numerous polls have shown, time and again, that most Americans do support a balanced approach to reform and that they […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – It is clear that the Republicans are still stalling immigration reform, despite indicating they would get on the same page with the Democrats to pass the bill. “Despite a close vote to pass the bill in the Senate (84-15), the 15-man holdout was Republicans. The same party that said they were on board with the Democrats to get the reform bill passed. It appears what they say and what they do are two different things,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – Despite President Obama still beating the drum to encourage immigration reform to move forward, nothing is happening. “It was mere days after the House Republicans stubbornly stated they would not support the much debated immigration reform bill, leaving the future of over 11 million illegal immigrants hanging in the wind, when President Obama put out a call on his weekly radio program urging cooler minds to prevail and get the bill done,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, […]


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