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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 15, 2016 – An arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) can result in the revocation of a nonimmigrant visa. According to the Foreign Affairs Manual (FAM) of the Department of State (DOS) made public earlier this year, the DOS may prudentially revoke an otherwise valid nonimmigrant visa when it is notified that the visa holder was arrested or convicted of a DUI or similar offense within the previous five years. The new policy reflects a more aggressive approach to addressing concerns over DUI-related offenses based upon information which DOS receives post visa issuance, […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2016 – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would help international founders of startup companies stay in the United States on a temporary basis. The proposal is intended to address a gap in the options available for foreign entrepreneurs who want to start a business in the U.S. The proposed entrepreneur rule would use the mechanism of “parole” – temporary permission to remain in the United States – the authority for which is provided by the Immigration and Nationality Act. DHS may parole a foreign national into […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 21, 2016 – Texas does not have a statewide texting while driving ban in place. Yet. That may change but politics does seem to play a large part of successfully passing such a law. As far as getting a statewide ban on texting while driving, Texas still remains one of only four states in the United States that does not have one. For many reasons, the concept of such a law has been fought over amongst lawmakers. In the absence of a statewide law there is a patchwork of different laws in various cities […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 30, 2016 – It appears that before he leaves office President Obama may yet create a startup visa for immigrant entrepreneurs wanting to launch a business in the United States. The International Entrepreneur Rule (IER) may be put into place soon. According to the White House, the IER would likely be put in place after a 45-day comment period. Choosing to push a “rule” through works around Congress holding immigration legislation up by stalling it until it dies on the floor. It appears the IER is to be linked to the Immigration and Nationality […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 23, 2016 – Under a final rule announced by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and effective in late August, 2016, certain family members of lawful permanent residents in addition to those of U.S. citizens will become eligible to apply for a waiver of inadmissibility while in the United States, and spend less time separated from their petitioning family members. USCIS stated that the final rule is an expansion of the Provisional Waiver process that was established in 2013, with the goal of helping families stay unified. Initially, certain immediate relatives of U.S. citizens […]


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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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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 31, 2016 – A coalition of business organizations is urging Congress to extend the EB-5 Regional Center program. The EB-5 investor visa program allows a foreign national to obtain a green card if he or she invests money in the United States which creates jobs in the United States. An individual must invest $1 million, or $500,000 in certain rural or high-unemployment areas, and create or preserve at least 10 U.S. worker jobs. The foreign national can invest directly in his or her own project or in a government approved Regional Center. A Regional […]


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Chicago, IL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2016 – Chicago is becoming a hot bed of legal activity for plaintiffs filing lawsuits invoking the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One example is a possible class action lawsuit against McDonald’s Corp. alleging that a whole class of blind individuals are precluded from having a late night meal at the burger chain. The most recent ADA lawsuit, a potential class action case, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against McDonald’s Corp. by a Louisiana plaintiff alleging that the company policy bars the blind from eating in […]


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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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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2016 – A new national data-gathering campaign is aimed to curb the maternal death rate in the United States, which leads that of other developed nations. The campaign, a joint effort of the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, encourages states to institute mortality review panels to investigate every maternal death occurring during pregnancy or within 12 months following delivery. Data gathering on maternal deaths in some states has already led to meaningful prevention efforts. For example, women who undergo cesarean sections are […]


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Tampa, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2016 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in May announced its purchase of 20 ReWalk exoskeleton systems for a national clinical trial. The multicenter trial is the country’s first-ever study to evaluate the impact of daily exoskeleton use in an everyday setting. The first phase of the trial will be held in VA medical centers in Florida, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Virginia. It will consist of 160 eligible participants who will be enrolled later this year. The six medical centers have already received ReWalk systems for training purposes. “The ReWalk device has […]


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Roseville, CA (Law Firm Newswire) June 20, 2016 – It can be challenging to administer the estate of a deceased California resident who, at one time, was a citizen of a foreign country, or the estate of a deceased non-resident of California who is the owner of real property in California. Consider the case of a deceased California resident whose most recent will was executed in another state or country. Under California law, a will that was executed in another state or nation can be enforced in California if it was completed in compliance with the law of the place […]


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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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Virginia Beach, VA (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2016 – Estate planning clients often ask about the most effective methods of protecting assets from creditors. It is always best to transfer assets prior to the time at which any claims arise. It is too late to make any transfers after there is a creditor issue. If such a transfer is made, it will be considered a fraudulent transfer. Other factors to consider are the following. If the grantor makes a gift to keep an asset from current creditors, but the grantor maintains control over the gift, then the gift may […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 8, 2016 – There has been an alarming increase in pedestrian deaths from car accidents across the United States, and Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of such deaths in the nation, according to a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association. Based on preliminary data, the safety association estimates a 10 percent increase from 2014 to 2015 in the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide. Florida is estimated to have the highest rate of pedestrian fatalities in the country. “Pedestrians are extremely vulnerable in car accidents, and collisions […]


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Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2016 – Mayra Valdez was on her way home one day in November 2015 when her whole life was turned upside down. She was hit by an 18-wheeler. Most people in accidents with 18-wheelers are severely injured or die as a result of their injuries. Valdez was one of the luckier ones. She escaped a certain death thanks to the point of impact being behind the driver’s door. According to the statement of claim filed in her personal injury case, she had the green light and moved ahead accordingly. She was hit by […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2016 – Can the President of the United States issue executive orders and change the law, or just administer the existing laws? In 2014 when Congress failed to pass the DREAMER Act, President Obama responded by deferring DREAMER deportations. In response to deportation protesters, Obama expressed that there should be no need for animosity, saying “I just took an action to change the law.” These words have prompted the Supreme Court to review the president’s power over deportation policy, and in a broader sense, the president’s executive power to change or dispense with […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2016 – Texting while driving is known to cause car accidents, and it is illegal in Florida. However, it is not a primary offense, which means that a police officer must observe drivers breaking some other law, such as speeding or not wearing a seatbelt, in order to pull them over and ticket them for texting while driving. Some state legislators say it is time for that to change. Three state senators have sponsored three separate bills to strengthen distracted driving laws in Florida. “It is horrible to realize that so many people […]


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Orange County, CA (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2016 – Late-life divorce, also called “silver” or “gray” divorce, is becoming more acceptable and common. However, divorce during senior years carries its own unique concerns and financial challenges. Researchers at the Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, found that although overall divorce rates in the United States are falling, people aged 50 and over are now twice as likely to undergo divorce in comparison to 1990. The study also indicated that one out of four divorces in 2010 occurred in that age group. California divorce mediator Gerald Maggio commented, […]


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