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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2011 – It is hard to figure out what the government is doing about immigration reform. They ease deportation policy only to proudly announce they have deported over 1 million illegal immigrants. “The state of immigration reform these days is truly a conundrum,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. As of September 12, 2011, the Obama Administration had deported roughly 1.06 million in just 2.5 years, putting him in a good position to deport more than President […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 3, 2011 – NASDAQ CEO Robert Griefeld testified before the U.S. Senate this summer about how bureaucratic red tape prevents many of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs from starting their companies in the United States. “Many of Texas’ technology companies need the talent that too often leaves the country after graduation,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. Griefeld told the Judiciary Committee that Congress’ failure to reform the legal immigration laws is hurting the American economy at a time when the country can least afford it. Thousands of doctoral and masters students graduate and leave the country […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 28, 2011 – Entities that are seeking approval as Regional Centers under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor Pilot Program can communicate directly with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adjudicators to address issues and answer questions as part of the application process, USCIS recently announced. This is the first of a series of USCIS improvements to its EB-5 processing. The goal is part of USCIS’ plan to expedite the EB-5 process to spur new jobs and investments by foreign nationals who want to invest in Regional Center projects. As background, the EB-5 program permits […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2011 – If the USA ever gets immigration reform passed, E-Verify would need to be a part of that package. “It’s an open secret that about one in every 20 employees in the U.S. labor force is an illegal alien,” explained Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “This figure may be even higher in the construction and agricultural industries. If theory works well in practice, and it sometimes does not, E-Verify would accurately identify the vast majority of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 19, 2011 – Immigrants are frequently worried about deportation, no matter whether they are legally in the U.S. or not. According to a recent Pew Research Center study, more than 70 percent worry about themselves, family members or friends getting kicked out the United States. The best way to make sure that an individual or family’s legal status is upheld is to get a qualified Houston immigration attorney to proactively file for the appropriate visa and green cards and renew them in a timely manner. “There are many steps to make sure you maintain […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 17, 2011 – An Immigration and Customs Enforcement investigation has resulted in a five count indictment of current and former managers of a Houston restaurant chain. Begun as an audit of Houston’s Mambo Seafood restaurants’ I-9 Employment Eligibility documentation, the ICE investigation lead to the detention of 33 undocumented workers and the seizure of numerous corporate documents in 2009. The indictments handed down in June 2011 allege a conspiracy to encourage and induce aliens to reside illegally in the U.S. and to harbor aliens. To bolster its investigation, ICE obtained the cooperation of a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2011 – The Texas legislature has introduced proposals to restrict access to education for grade school and university education, but so far none of them have passed. It has been quite a contentious year of immigration reform proposals, but tuition equity laws still remain in place in the state. “There are many benefits to making schooling accessible to citizens and immigrants,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “Better education makes for a better society and individuals who can contribute to the economy and culture in numerous ways.” The National Immigration Law Center says […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 3, 2011 – Further confusion as to what is happening with immigration reform is hovering on the horizon. Some important changes are even being done very quietly. “If you weren’t looking for this particular news item, or expecting it to happen, you would have missed it,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with Miami immigration lawyers and Orlando immigration lawyers. “Did you realize that the Department of Homeland Security just reversed its stance and said states could not opt out of their highly controversial immigration enforcement […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2011 – In August 2011 the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) abruptly terminated its Memorandum of Agreement with participating states, deciding that an agreement is not necessary to allow the Secure Communities Program to start or to operate in any jurisdiction. ICE determined that when state or local authorities voluntarily submit fingerprint information to the federal authorities after booking a person for a crime, no agreement is legally needed to share it with another government entity. “In a telling reversal, and rather than addressing state and local complaints regarding the Secure Communities […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 22, 2011 – When an alien is arrested without a warrant, immigration officers are not required to advise the person arrested of the right to counsel or the right to remain silent. So holds the Board of Immigration Appeals in Matter of E-R-M-F & A-R-M decided in August 2011. Only after ICE files its Notice to Appear (“NTA”) with the Immigration Court do the customary advisories of the right to remain silent and right to counsel come into play. But an arrest without warrant under this decision leaves statements made in a subsequent interrogation […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2011 – The Department of Homeland Security’s enhanced worksite enforcement efforts and its electronic I-9 regulations have raised several issues since their inception, but a new lawsuit raises questions about employers’ private data. “Now more than ever, employers considering a software vendor for paperless I-9 and E-Verify processing must perform their due diligence,” said Stewart Rabinowitz, a Dallas immigration attorney with the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. LexisNexis Screening Solutions, Inc., a background check company, struck a five year deal with USVerify, Inc. in June 2006, where USVerify would provide electronic I-9 and E-Verify […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 14, 2011 – The Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (HHCC) recently held their 2011 Immigration Summit Luncheon & Business Expo to show how immigration reform affects area businesses and people. The HHCC has more than 4,000 members that cover every facet of industry – from big business to manufacturing, energy production and construction, to retail and service jobs, and cutting-edge technology and health care businesses. Members discussed and debated the latest immigration policies, including the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act, and how they are impacting Houston’s families and economies. The HHCC is the largest Hispanic […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2011 – The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (“USCIS”) has released information about its upcoming electronic, account-based system that foreign nationals will use to apply for U.S. immigration benefits. The first release of the new system will occur in December 2011 for those applicants filing standalone applications to extend or change their nonimmigration status. Applicants include those filing to extend, change or reinstate their nonimmigrant B, F, J, or M visa classification. USCIS advises that the program will initially be voluntary, so applicants will be able to choose the existing paper-based system, or […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 1, 2011 – Inner-city neighborhoods and rural areas will benefit with the renewal of the H-1C nurses program. The H-1C temporary visa program attracts foreign nurses to live in the U.S. in exchange for a visa that allows them to live here for three years. The program addresses health care shortages in areas where high-quality nurses are greatly needed. “This program is much needed in areas where employers find it hard to attract nursing talent,” said Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “The hospital or facility can look outside the U.S. to petition on behalf […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2011 – It looks like E-Verify is in like Flynn. This could be a good sign for other states. “Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a 2007 Arizona law mandating that all employers in the state use E-Verify for screening illegal aliens and yanking business licenses from firms that hire them anyway. The core of the decision was that the law doesn’t improperly infringe on the federal domain, largely because the Immigration Reform and Control Act has a clause that ‘explicitly’ allows states to use licensing provisions to punish employers,” explained Larry S. […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 25, 2011 – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has proposed major changes to the rules to its EB-5 visa program, which provides green cards to foreign investors who invest money in the United States. USCIS says the changes would significantly decrease the intake and review process for some applicants. Foreign investors seeking to obtain a green card through the EB-5 program must invest $500,000 and create at least 10 jobs in a qualified investment or a regional center with high unemployment rates. The U.S. grants 10,000 immigrant visas through the program every year. The […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2011 – The Obama administration issued an executive order in June that aims to entice overseas investors to invest or expand in the U.S. The administration will set up a new office, called SelectUSA, whose main duty is to speed up the approval process for investors looking to operate in the U.S. The administration believes that decreased processing times will encourage new overseas investment. The initiative is the first ever major federal effort designed to attract and win new business investments in the United States. Foreign direct investments to the U.S. fell to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 12, 2011 – As the Senate wrangles with the DREAM Act, it is important to remember stories of immigrants who were given the chance to become U.S. citizens, immigration lawyers say. The Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM) is part of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2011 that focuses on border security and enforcement measures. The DREAM Act allows children who moved to the U.S. before 16 years old, and have been here for at least five years, to become legal citizens. They would have to graduate high school, have […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2011 – Each state faces its own economic dilemma when it comes to illegal immigrants – people who cost each state and the nation a lot of education dollars. Legal immigrants are welcome. It is the illegal ones that are sucking the economic life out of many of the state’s educational coffers. For instance, there is one state shelling out $1.4 billion a year in costs relating to illegal aliens in the areas of health care, prison expenses and education from K-12. Sure, these immigrants pay sales taxes and income tax, but that […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 1, 2011 – Houston is a city with many immigrants from diverse countries and cultures. The latest Census data shows that more than 1.27 million immigrants call Houston home. And more than 22 percent of them are highly skilled and at least have a bachelor’s degree. The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program recently published “The Geography of Immigrant Skills: Educational Profiles of Metropolitan Areas” report. It noted that many of Houston’s immigrants over the age of 25 years old are highly skilled. “Houston is a city with some of the finest universities, science and […]


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