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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2012 – Regardless of the practice’s specialty, compiling mounds and mounds of paperwork is a fact of life for lawyers all over the planet. If the focus is dealing with government in immigration law, the piles seem to grow higher than in other venues. Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee knows all about this.”The files keep piling up,” said Banerjee.”We do all that we can to make sure the files are stored in an orderly manner.” The State Bar Association of Texas does not have any set rules when it comes to the maintenance […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 6, 2012 – In an unprecedented move, in June, 2012, President Obama announced that his Administration would grant deferred action status for qualifying children of the undocumented, permitting them to remain in the U.S. for two years, while being eligible for employment. The action has drawn praise from the Hispanic community and criticism from Republicans who favor Congressional action to address this issue over a short term executive action. It may benefit upwards of 600,000 persons. In announcing the directive, Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano described deferred action status for this group of low risk […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2012 – Talented immigrants are not coming to the U.S. thanks to the mess the immigration system is in. It is costing the country skilled workers that could help the economy. The just released report, “Not Coming to America: Why the U.S. is Falling Behind in the Global Race for Talent” uncovers some very real concerns for us as a nation. To summarize, the main reason we are losing out on gaining skilled and other workers to help us rebuild our economy is a direct result of the nightmarish immigration system we have […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 22, 2012 – If immigration reform dealt with real issues, other than legalities, discrimination would be front and center in the process. “Immigration reform is necessary, but does not deal with many of the real underlying issues that affect immigrants every day, such as discrimination. White Americans are not asked where they came from or where they were born. However, those of any color are routinely asked, if not made to produce papers to prove they have a right to be in the U.S. Immigration reform needs to be less about a path to […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 31, 2012 – The Congressional Research Service has released a report analyzing the progress of the “Dream Act” proposed legislation, intended to address the status of undocumented immigrants who are also students. Multiple versions of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minor (DREAM) Act have been formulated by Congress, all intended to address the obstacles that undocumented immigrants face in pursuing postsecondary education. While undocumented immigrants have access to free public education through high school, such persons cannot participate in federal student loan programs and cannot be granted “in-state” tuition benefits, traced to […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 30, 2012 – It has to be an election year, when the politicians decide to allow more Irish immigrants to come to the U.S. “Politicians don’t agree on much, but even less so during an election year. But this year, they think they found an immigration issue that everyone can agree on; allowing more Irish immigrants into the U.S. This is about the only thing relating to immigration reform that is actually moving along smartly. Both parties evidently are behind legislation that would let 10,500 Irish nationals come to work in the U.S. every […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 28, 2012 – A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an instructive analysis of the current state of U.S. immigration policy. The report, “U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions,” included the principles that guide current policy, potential for reform, and political obstacles that may prevent such reform. It is frank in its assessment that the progress of legal reform is hampered by the contentious nature of the current political debate on immigration, and critics point out that the resulting political gridlock has real consequences for immigrants striving to create their own […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2012 – A new report on the naturalization of U.S. citizens has been released by the Office of Immigration Statistics (OIS), an agency of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The report provides details of citizens naturalized in 2011, including the top countries of origin, and the states that the largest number of immigrants choose as their new home. The year 2011 saw 694,193 people become citizens of the United States through naturalization, the process by which foreign-born citizens gain the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Mexico provided the largest number of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 18, 2012 – While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates about what it will do with Arizona’s controversial immigration law, SB 1070, journalists and opinion-makers have been pouring over every word from the oral arguments to try and determine what the court’s decision might be. The press on the day of the court’s oral arguments was that the justices seemed to indicate that they generally agreed with Arizona on the issues. “Closer reads on the day’s events show that only one of the issues before the court had the justices sounding sympathetic to Arizona,” remarked […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 11, 2012 – As legal immigration reform legislation like the Startup Act slowly makes its way through the United States Congress, advocates for reform as an economic recovery driver are frustrated by Washington’s inaction. “The issues at stake when it comes to reforming our visa programs are nothing less than issues of national economic importance,” said Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee. “This is an opportunity to reform the laws that allow highly skilled foreign workers to come to the United States or stay here and help build stronger American companies or start new companies […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 9, 2012 – If the U.S. is supposed to be deporting the real criminals under the Secure Communities initiative, they are way off the mark. “From what you read in the papers and online, you’d think that the immigrants being deported were serious criminals. That is not what is happening, no matter what the government hoopla wants you to believe. In fact, undocumented immigrants being deported have only committed minor breaches of the law and/or have no criminal record. There is something drastically wrong with that,” stated Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rifkin […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 27, 2012 – The President says immigrants are welcome and yet hundreds of undocumented workers are fired. Actions speak louder than words. “We’re all familiar with the old saying, that what you say means nothing, if not backed up by your actions. This seems to be the case, increasingly so, with Obama. He says immigrants are welcome, and yet hundreds of illegal aliens are fired across the nation. Most recently, it was 200 undocumented workers fired from Pacific Steel Casting Company in Berkeley, California. This is just one example of many,” observed Larry S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 20, 2012 – The United States is changing the way it detains immigrants who have overstayed their visas or come into the country illegally. The new facility that opened in Karnes City, Texas in March is a significant departure from the old detention centers that were designed and guarded like federal prisons. Civil liberties lawsuits spurred the U.S. government to change the way it treats and detains foreign nationals found on American soil illegally. Few of the people detained in these facilities are there with a violent criminal history. In 2009, only about 11 […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2012 – E-verify is still around. However, given the suspected death of immigration reform, one wonders why. “Florida seems to be the arena for some grisly fights over and about immigration reform. No one seemed to know the meaning of the term moderation, until the latest proposal by a state representative, House Bill 1315. If passed, this would have mandated private businesses to check the residency of new hires with E-verify. It didn’t make it to a committee hearing,” remarked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2012 – Citizenship ceremonies happen all the time all over the country and every one of them is a special, emotional experience for the immigrants who become citizens of the United States. Sometimes, those ceremonies can be special, emotional experiences for the immigration officers swearing in the new citizens. An immigration officer in Tampa has just celebrated such an experience at a March ceremony when she presented citizenship papers to a neurosurgeon who saved her life last year. Melissa Wingerd, a three-year veteran of immigration services, suffered a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2012 – If people and politicians did understand the DREAM Act, there would not be hundreds of kids hanging in limbo over what to do with their lives in America. “Kids are the future of our country. Kids with education are on the right track, but with the veto of the DREAM Act, the lives and futures of hundreds of kids hangs in the balance. It’s amazing how political infighting affects everything from the economy to education. It’s high time to get something done with immigration; something that is a right step in […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 27, 2012 – Two members of a New York organized crime family pleaded guilty in February 2012 to racketeering and conspiracy charges arising out of their involvement in the recruiting of illegal immigrants to work in strip clubs, according to the Department of Homeland Security. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested and charged Alphonse Truccio and Christopher Colon after an investigation in conjunction with the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security. Truccio was a captain in the Gambino family and Colon was a member of his crew, or a “soldier,” according to ICE. Truccio, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2012 – Two pieces of proposed legislation that could lend help to start-up companies and entrepreneurs ready to grow their businesses are being stalled in Congress. The StartUp Visa Act of 2011 has been jostled since last spring. This bill would establish a new visa for a sponsored alien entrepreneur who is financially backed by an investor and whose activities here will generate employment, revenue or capital investment. This new visa would be terminable if conditions were not met. Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee supports the bill and thinks it would help the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 12, 2012 – Immigration reform is a thorn in the nation’s side. No one has yet to remove it. “Above the unholy din of politicians telling the world what they would do if they were elected floats the damning evidence of what some of the supposed frontrunners for President ‘really’ think about immigration. It’s chilling actually, and yet they continue to spout the rhetoric, supposing the voters won’t notice what they say does not match up with what they do later,” added Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2012 – Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee supports expanding the Visa Waiver Program that would allow nationals from more countries to visit the United States for business or vacation without the hassle of getting a visa from an American consulate. “I would love to see the program expanded to include more countries,” said Banerjee. There are 36 countries participating in the program. Nationals from those countries can come to the United States on business trips or vacation for as long as 90 days without obtaining a visa from the U.S. State Department’s consular […]


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