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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2012 – Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit to block granting deferred action to “DREAMers.” The lawsuit, filed by Koback as lead attorney and backed by Virginia-based, anti-immigration organization Numbers USA, includes members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is intended to stop the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) initiative, a plan to grant undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children from being deported for at least the next two years. The lawsuit alleges that DACA forces ICE agents to either break the law by not deporting illegal […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – In June, the White House offered immigrants “deferred action” if they were brought to the U.S. as children, and if they otherwise qualify under the DREAM Act. This announcement was an effective stopgap measure which froze deportation proceedings for many young immigrants. Congress is now drafting a solution to give permanent residence to those who qualify. This deferment, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), means that the Department of Homeland Security has (DHS) has decided that the individual is not a high priority for immigration enforcement, and the DHS does […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 27, 2012 – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it will eliminate the I-94 form, the Arrival-Departure Record issued to foreign nationals admitted to the United States in non-immigrant status. “Conceptually, one less document issued, such as a Form I-94, is one less document to lose, and a benefit to both the agency and to the foreign national nonimmigrant,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “But we have created a domino-like chain where a single document, such as Form I-94, has significance to state motor vehicle bureaus, to universities receiving […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2012 – The U.S. Justice department just sided with California’s Supreme Court, stating that an undocumented immigrant who wants to practice law in California cannot do so. Sergio Garcia, 35, asked to sit for his California bar exam. He has the support of California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, who described Garcia as “a model of the self-reliant and self-sufficient immigrant” in an amicus brief. He was also supported by the California State Bar Association. However, Sergio Garcia is not a legal citizen of the United Sates. California’s Supreme court asked that the U.S. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2012 – On August 15, 2012, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting requests for the new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program allows for certain undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to apply for deferment of any removal action for a period of two years. The decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and are a matter of prosecutorial discretion. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz offered cautious support for the program. “DACA represents a most significant opportunity for undocumented young people: the chance […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 18, 2012 – Dreamers across the country cheered loudly when Obama announced a partial implementation of the DREAM Act. However, it is still in stall mode. “It’s nice that Obama went ahead and announced a partial implementation of the DREAM Act, just in time for the election, with the not-so-subtle intent of garnering Latin votes. However, the partial implementation does nothing for the Act as a whole. It is still in stall mode,” says Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2012 – Allowing Dreamers to be bumped to the end of the deportation line and to vote does not solve the long-term problem. One of the things you have to love about America is our ability to compromise. Fair is fair, and we love to get something by negotiating and bargaining until both parties are happy with the outcome. “However, there are some things that you just can’t split hairs on – immigration reform is one of them. It is either handled, or it is not. Any halfway measure simply serves to muck […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2012 – One more obstacle in the way of highly-skilled immigrant employment in the U.S. has been pushed aside. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently released his Senate Judiciary Committee hold on H.R. 3012, also known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, allowing it go forward to a Senate vote early next year. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is proposed as a way to eliminate the restrictive limitations for employment–based immigrants, and to change the number limit regarding immigrants seeking to reunite with family. Senator Grassley stated that when he placed a […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 5, 2012 – Legislation that would keep highly-skilled immigrant workers in the United States was passed overwhelmingly by the house last November, but political maneuvering, including a hold placed on the bill by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), has so far prevented it from becoming law. The bill, H.R. 3012, is known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act. Although Grassley reached a compromise to remove his hold on the bill, obstacles remain. Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney, suggested that H.R. 3012 would be a step forward for U.S. immigration policy. “H.R. 3012 was […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2012 – A government investigation revealed that a Boston flight school had been training up to 25 undocumented immigrants, even as security officials testified that steps were being taken to ensure that such situations would not occur in the future. “In a national embarrassment, DHS investigators found a Boston-based flight school populated mainly with foreign students who were visa overstays or simply here without authorization,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz. “ICE now claims to have identified systemic vulnerabilities and implemented changes. I certainly hope so.” According to an audit by the Government […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2012 – Student visas offer foreign citizens many benefits to obtain an education in the U.S. “Students wanting to study in the U.S. have a variety of visas they make take advantage of such as the F-Type, M-Type and J-Type student visas,” said Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. The purpose of these visas is to allow non-immigrants the chance to stay in the U.S. to get an education. When their program is completed, they must go home. The type of visa to apply for is determined by the kind of education the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2012 – The hot debate over immigration reform never quits. It is one of the few issues that has significantly polarized the country. “It’s one thing to debate an issue into the ground but quite another to finally get off principles and do something,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “The great immigration reform debate has resulted in no compromise and no clear solution.” The longer politicians willfully ignore immigration reform, the more harm will come to the agricultural industry. This is not a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – The vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S. because of family or work. However, there are other reasons for immigration. “In most cases, immigrants come to the U.S. because they have family here, they are attempting to get work, or they have a job to go to. However, there are other categories they may use to apply for a special visa: special considerations or humanitarian reasons,” explained Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. To be able to use the refugee status, immigrants must have a reasonable fear of being persecuted […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2012 – The Ombudsman’s Office of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has released its 2011 Annual Report. The independent Ombudsman’s Office assists employers and individuals with difficulties such persons encounter in processing cases with USCIS. The Annual Report recommends ways of resolving problems that the agency faces in serving the public. “The concept of an in-house public assistant to help resolve issues that applicants and petitioners – users of the agency’s services – encounter, is a good one,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration lawyer. “Like the agency it is a part […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 13, 2012 – Many believe the Latin vote is Obama’s only hope for re-election. “This election, compared to the first one Obama ran, is quite entertaining, although for different reasons,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff. “During the first one, the House was on fire to tackle immigration reform, yesterday if possible. Of course, the train went off the tracks, and ‘right now’ became ‘when we get to it, if ever.’” This election is a make or break show for Obama, with many believing the Latin vote will be his […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 09, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) introduced an electronic filing system in May 2012. The system, called USCIS ELIS, allows applicants to submit forms electronically, although currently the system can only be used for one form, the I-539, which individuals use to extend or change their nonimmigrant status. “The USCIS long-awaited transformation to the use of electronic filing has gotten off to a slow start,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney. “So far, the program covers only a single type of filing: to extend or change nonimmigrant status.” Rabinowitz […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2012 – This year’s farm crop may not be quite as plentiful. The food shortages generated later, along with higher costs, will be linked to massive crackdowns on illegal immigration. “You can’t speak out of both sides of your mouth and not have something catch up with you later,” insisted Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “On one hand the government keeps saying they will work on reforming the immigration system to welcome more immigrants. On the […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2012 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has proposed several changes to the I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form. This is the form which employers use to verify the identity and employment eligibility of workers. The form facilitates compliance with the Immigration and Nationality Act, which prohibits the knowing employment of undocumented workers. The changes proposed include making the form visually clearer, while lengthening it from one page to two pages, and lengthening the instructions from three pages to six pages. Despite doubling the length of the form and instructions, USCIS estimates […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 17, 2012 – The more the concept of immigration reform gets bunted about, the less likely it is to come to fruition. “The current Administration has not done a good job in several major areas that directly affect the country: transportation funding, bolstering up a sagging national economy, a national energy policy and comprehensive immigration reform. Immigration reform has been, and is, the most politically touchy issue the government needs to deal with,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2012 – Illegal immigration has been the proverbial hot-button topic from the time the 2012 Presidential race began in earnest earlier this year. Whether it was former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney saying that “self-deportation” is the way to go – if they cannot get jobs here, they’ll go back to wherever they came from – to Florida purging the voter rolls to make sure those alleged illegals do not add to the ballot boxes, it is a subject that just will not, and is not going away. “The anti-immigrant […]


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