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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – Politicians suggest immigration reform will be accomplished this year. Immigration groups wonder if that is true. “The whole immigration reform scenario has become a football kicked randomly back and forth across the political landscape. Few points are scored, and there are players still waiting the game out, until the referees choose to do something constructive. Some Republicans are saying it will pass the Senate this year, which is a much longer time than when they first said it had to be done just after their election loss,” pointed out Larry S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – While lawmakers are debating amendments to the immigration reform proposal, there are a number of politicians who feel it is an unworkable issue. Republican lawmaker Steve Stockman has stated that he believes “a gang of millions” will push back against the current Senate immigration bill crafted by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group comprised of eight senators. Stockman believes the immigration deal, as it currently stands, will fail, because people do not support it and it is “fundamentally unfair,” both to current immigration laws and to immigrants who came into […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 24, 2013 – Now that politicians are pulling together to draft an immigration reform bill, the technology sector has started lobbying for skilled workers. “The timing could not be better for the technology sector,” indicated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “particularly if the political powers that be are sincerely working towards a comprehensive immigration reform bill. While that is the latest news out of Washington, it would stand to reason the current party camaraderie may not […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 17, 2013 – No matter politicians say, it might not be what they are really doing when it comes to immigration reform. “These days, no matter what news comes out of Washington, one has to regard it with a jaundiced eye. This is due to the fact that traditionally, Republicans and Democrats have a long history of not getting along. Certainly, we all know how they did not agree on how immigration reform should be handled. Mostly, the perfect storm of avoidance delayed reform until now —- maybe,” added Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami […]


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DALLAS, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2013 – Six DFW immigrant leaders and an immigrant service organization were recently honored at the 2013 Immigrant Journey Awards. Hosted by Badmus Law Firm, the goal of the awards is to celebrate immigrants and immigrant service organizations who are trailblazers and exceptional role models in North Texas. The honorees were hosted at a luncheon at the La Cima Club in Irving, Texas. Adil Adi, president and CEO of Worldlink, Inc. and Walter Chiang, founder and director of CP&Y, Inc. received the Immigrant Entrepreneur Award which recognizes immigrant business owners who have founded […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 7, 2013 – The foreign worker H-1B visa applications are now being accepted, and the cap is expected to be quickly met. On April 1, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services began accepting H-1B applications for the fiscal year 2014, which would allow employment in the U.S. as of October 1, 2013. Employers recruiting foreign workers for fiscal year 2013 hit the cap on June 11, 2012. This year, the demand is expected to be even higher. Employers interested in H-1B employees are advised to petition early. “The H-1B quota is expected to […]


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Atlanta, GA (Law Firm Newswire) May 6, 2013 – Atlanta immigration law firm Siskind Susser Immigration Lawyers is pleased to announce that immigration attorney Zulma P. López has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Zulma joins to assist our Atlanta immigration law firm’s clients in family and employment based immigration, as well as assisting clients in removal or deportation proceedings. Atlanta immigration lawyer Zulma López has most recently represented clients in Immigration Courts in Georgia to obtain relief from removal. Prior to that, she represented clients in complex business litigation matters and personal injury. “We are very much excited […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2013 – Immigration reform continues to be one of the hottest issues in Texas. Now, even evangelical leaders and entrepreneurs across Texas are becoming vocal about the changes they would like to see from Texas legislators. The groups have used radio time, online and in-person petitions and even demonstrations to ask the U.S. House and Senate bipartisan groups to vote their way. Meanwhile, the divide is growing between the Republicans that make up the congressional delegation, Texas small businesses, and the religious right. “Immigration law as it now stands, especially via restrictions, are […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – High skilled immigration shortages are a real issue for information technology companies. “Field workers are not the only issue facing America when it comes to the current immigration system, the one that has been broken for so long no one remembers what ‘normal’ is any longer. The basic issue with the information technology (IT) sector is a skill gap. They need more qualified people and thanks to immigration laws, can’t get enough of them,” outlined Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – No one in their right mind would ever seriously think 95,000 miles of shoreline could ever be secure. “Try imagining a secure border that runs 95,000 miles from one side of the country to another. It just cannot be done, which means even the short segments that are up and being patrolled are a joke. For years now Americans have been talking about securing the borders, but no one seems to grasp the reality of not being ‘able’ to achieve that,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Federal immigration authorities have released a number of detainees around the country to save money. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have reportedly been told to examine the number of detained immigrants under their care to ensure that the jail population does not exceed the budgetary limits. A spokesperson for ICE has reported that a number of immigrants previously detained were released and are now under a more “cost effective” form of supervision as part of a budget-cutting measure. The spokesperson declined to say how many people were included […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents may have been contemplating extensive profiling. According to The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, emails have been obtained which strongly indicate that the U.S. government was contemplating racial profiling to meet deportation quotas. Emails from May 2012 show at least 10 initiatives by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to bump the number of deported “criminal aliens,” including a plan that involved working with that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The ACLU has voiced concern that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 22, 2013 – High profile battles facing Obama’s administration may quash immigration reform. “If you follow the news, it’s no surprise to see that money, health reform, and other issues have been dogging the footsteps of the White House since before the election. Somewhere in that morass of political confusion lies the promise of immigration reform. Will there be an agreement this year, or term? Or not? Many are betting not, while at the same time hoping against hope that it won’t turn out that way,” opined Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – The agricultural industry is still hopeful that 2013 is the year for immigration reform. “Despite the kick in the teeth the farming industry got last year, they are still optimistic something can get done this year in terms of addressing immigration reform. In fact, comprehensive immigration reform is at the very top of their list, and for good reasons,” stated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It remains vitally important that the produce industry […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – The White House has announced that it is geared up for the push for immigration reform. The President has stated that he plans to hold a series of meetings with labor leaders, corporate business heads and progressive community leaders to lobby for their support of U.S. immigration reform in early 2013. The Administration continues to face resistance from some Republicans who have yet to agree with the President on how to approach immigration reform. The U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a speech to conservative American Enterprise Institute, indicated that […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Foreign students come to the U.S. to study STEM, and then must leave to work elsewhere. Now a group of senators is pushing for a fast track system to award green cards to foreign students working on STEM degrees. Business owners are increasingly vocal about their concerns that U.S. immigration laws are creating a national “brain drain,” sending away foreign students who come to the U.S. to study in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Many of the students have landed in a U.S. college or university, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 11, 2013 – Sandy Hook shook up the whole country. Many political watchers wonder if gun control will delay immigration reform. “In the wake of Sandy Hook, Obama made a pledge to do something about a package of gun control measures, and to do that as soon as soon as possible in the new term. Immigration advocates are wondering if this will divert the politicians from their immigration reform goals,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – The latest data from the U.S. government shows that almost 410,000 people were deported during the fiscal year ending September, 2012. That number does not come as a shock to critics; while President Obama has stated that his administration supports a path to citizenship for a large number of undocumented immigrants, a record 1.5 million were deported during his first term in office. More than 50 percent of the people deported during the last fiscal year were convicted of nonviolent crimes, including driving under the influence and minor drug offenses. According […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2013 – There is no more room for debate over immigration reform. It is time to get to work. Just one quick look at the voting results in the presidential election reveals a very telling story. The immigration reform debate is over. It is now time to get with the program and get things done. “This is what a recent poll indicated,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “that close to 62 percent clearly said […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – Last November, voters in Montana passed LR-121, which prohibits some state services from being used by undocumented immigrants. The law took effect in January, 2013. The Montana Education Association, the Montana Federation of Teachers and the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance have teamed together to ask the courts to declare LR-121 unconstitutional, stating it will require Montana state agencies to enforce federal immigration laws, placing state agencies in a role not unlike the Department of Homeland Security. While the goal of LR-121 might have been to target undocumented immigrants who use state […]


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