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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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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2013 – The Diefenbacher Law Firm, a New York-based practice of international reach, has launched its website and is pleased to offer this new interface to interact with current and future clients. “We are ramping up our Internet and social networking presence, especially on Twitter, to keep visitors up-to-date on legal trends that are affecting them” says Nicolas Diefenbacher, the firm’s President and Chief Counsel. “This new website is a crucial part of this effort.” Mr. Diefenbacher earned a Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 2008 where he was Board Member […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 21, 2013 – With a large majority of Latino voters backing him, President Obama was re-elected. What is next for immigration reform? “It’s hard to say what will happen now with immigration reform. Many Americans know what needs to be done, but the question is whether or not it will actually get done, and not dissolve into a war of words and inaction once again,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. One thing is certain. The […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – Immigration reform does need to happen, even on the Republican side. That is the argument by Republican Representative Ted Poe. A December 2012 column in Politico.com, written by Rep. Ted Poe, stated that the Republican party needs to change course, especially when it comes to immigration reform. The system is broken, says Poe, and a real fix needs to include an approach that is sensible and actually workable. The fix must have clear guidelines to reasonably address the issues of both day laborers and highly-skilled laborers, for a way to treat […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 14, 2013 – Voters do not mess around when they want to send politicians a message. Latinos overwhelmingly voted for Obama. “There is going to be a whole lot shuffling and scuffling going on when the House gets back into session,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “And that is due to the fact that if Republicans do not want to face eventual expulsion, they will need to do something, fast – like pass significant immigration […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 11, 2013 – A new online resource center is available for immigrant entrepreneurs. A team at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) tasked with improving access to work visas for immigrant entrepreneurs recently marked a major milestone by launching an online resource center. The resource center, called Entrepreneur Pathways, is a project of the USCIS Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) initiative. Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz praised the program in a statement, saying “The Entrepreneurs in Residence initiative is a laudable program seeking to build on the creative spirit of foreign nationals who want to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 4, 2013 – An Arizona policy to deny state driver’s licenses to some people is garnering protest. A coalition of civil rights groups filed suit on November 29, 2012 to block an Arizona policy that denies driver’s licenses to certain foreign nationals who are granted Deferred Action status and deemed temporarily eligible to remain and work in the U.S. by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In a statement on the matter, Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz said, “Beyond mean-spiritedness, it is hard to see what Arizona’s interest is in prohibiting issuance […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – December 18 was International Migrants Day. International Migrants Day is observed world wide, and was designated in 2000 by the General Assembly of United Nations. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly agreed upon an international convention which outlined rights for migrant workers and their family members. The day was chosen to take into account the vast and still-increasing number of people working throughout the world. Now, International Migrants Day is observed in many different countries, by governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights organizations and political freedom orginizations. The goal of […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 26, 2012 – This is a recurrent theme that will not go away anytime soon. Thank ICE raids for the labor shortage. “Now that the election is over, will the ICE raids continue? Chances are they will and the results of those raids will drastically affect the U.S. agricultural sector. There is just about no one left to work the fields. Americans certainly aren’t, despite their cries that undocumented workers are taking their jobs away from them. If they wanted those jobs, they would be out there working. They are not,” pointed out Larry […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2012 – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has begun a pilot program known as Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI). MAVNI allows non-citizens who have certain critical skills to enlist in the U.S. military and apply immediately for U.S. citizenship without the need to first obtain permanent resident status. “MAVNI offers qualified foreign nationals willing to fight for America the ability to gain U.S. citizenship quickly,” Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz said in a statement. “What a contrast to an otherwise overly complicated, inefficient U.S. immigration system. With MAVNI, certain […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – There will be a new fee required for green cards as of early next year. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, USCIS, has advised that a new fee for issuance of a green card to new immigrants will go into effect February 1, 2013. The fee is designed to defray the cost of government processing the issuance of green cards to persons issued immigrant visas abroad upon their admission to the U.S. USCIS announced the fee in its final rule published on September 24, 2010. The $165.00 fee is in […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) December 20, 2012 – When a foreign student tried to bomb the Federal Reserve building in New York, it was obvious immigration security was slipshod. “This story was greeted with a great deal of consternation when people realized that immigration security was not what it is cracked up to be. A 21-year-old alleged terrorist, in the U.S. on a student visa, attempted to detonate what he thought was a 1,000 bomb in front of the Federal Reserve building. He was actually here to recruit a terror cell to wage a jihad attack,” outlined Larry S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2012 – President Obama’s reelection has sparked new hope for the tech community. Top software developers are waiting in foreign counties, startup CEOs say, and it is hoped the White House administration will prioritize immigration reform. “The immigration system, as it currently stands, is not helping high-tech startups in the U.S,” agrees Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. There are numerous startup heads, from New York to San Jose, who have stated that they cannot find and retain enough good engineers due to a shortage of visas and green cards for temporary workers to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2012 – At least one Republican is talking about doing something to help immigrants, in the short term. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the leader of the US Senate, recently remarked that he is putting a top priority on immigration reform. In fact, he stated that he would chase Republican votes on immigration, including Senator John McCain of Arizona. McCain had supported reform measures earlier, but toughened his stance in the face of backlash from conservatives. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), has floated his own proposal to grant temporary visas for undocumented immigrants, and […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 28, 2012 – We have all heard this before, that immigration reform is a priority. If so, why no action? “To hear a politician speak, including Obama, immigration reform is a top priority, and that is why he suspended deportation for some illegal immigrants. That got him higher ratings with Latin voters, something he needs to win again. The ratings may be relatively short-lived though, since Obama’s administration has one of the highest records for deportations. Call it a temporary stop-gap to garner votes, or call it outright bribery, because it is,” said Larry […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 19, 2012 – Agricultural leaders are going hoarse, calling for immigration reform. “All across America, agricultural leaders are calling for immigration reform – preferably yesterday. Their calls to action are falling on deaf ears. Immigration reform is still where it was at years ago, stalled and being chipped away at, in fits and starts, with none of the tinkering doing much to help anyone,” suggested Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “The fact is, if the farmers […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – California Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced signing a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses. AB2189, helmed by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants, eligible to work under Obama’s new administration policy. The Department may accept the deferred action program documentation the government provides as residency proof. Cedillo has stated that the bill will ensure safer roads, with immigrants able to commute as licensed drivers. He said the bill and Gov. Brown’s signature was a way to support public […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2012 – According to a new study by John Hopkins University, immigrant children who emigrated to the U.S. prior to their teenage years score higher in school engagement and academic achievements than U.S-born kids. The study found that this was true for both Hispanic children and Asian children, if they were provided similar family and socioeconomic backgrounds. The immigrant children were also found to do better in school as they age, as reflected in college scores. The study, published in a recent issue of Child Development, looked at more than 10,000 children between […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – It is an interesting way to make a point – a troop of illegal immigrants touring the U.S. by bus. “It was and is a unique way to make a point,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “Illegal immigrants in a bus touring the nation on their way to the Democratic National Convention. They are fed up with living in fear and aiming to raise public awareness of their situation, something they feel […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 22, 2012 – A smaller number of people than expected have applied for a new program to allow certain undocumented immigrants to live and work in the U.S. Of 1.7 million people who are potentially eligible for the program, only about 120,000, as of October 1, 2012 have applied. The program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), allows undocumented immigrants 30 years of age or younger, who arrived in the U.S. as children, to avoid deportation and receive a Social Security Number (SSN) and work permit. The program does not provide a green card, […]


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