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In order to apply for citizenship, also known as naturalization, an applicant must meet all stringent requirements through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 9, 2010 – In order to apply for citizenship, an applicant must be a lawful permanent resident of the United States, or in other words, a green card holder through employment or political asylum. An applicant must be 18 years old or older and must physically be in the United States for at least two-and-a-half years of the past five years and not be absent from the U.S. […]


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Released data shows the SnICE program to be ineffective in removing dangerous criminal aliens; program remains open to abuse, according to Dallas immigration lawyer, Rabinowitz. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 16, 2010 – A 2-year-old Department of Homeland Security program deported 392,000 foreign nationals in the past 12 months. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz weighs in on the pitfalls of the program. The program, Secure Communities, allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) to examine detainee fingerprints sent from local law enforcement agencies. ICE searches for a fingerprint match in the Department of […]


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As the U.S. government turns to social networking sites to track users, immigration attorney Rabinowitz advises discretion. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2010 – Social networking websites are currently seeing extensive popularity, some of them connecting more than 500 million people across the world. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz advises social network users to only connect to people they already know. People use social networking websites for numerous reasons – to keep in touch with family across long distances, to search for romantic partners and sometimes even to find completely new friends […]


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There is a debate in the U.S. about how to get unemployed Americans to work in agriculture. It is a debate made all the more controversial by the fact that many unemployed Americans have expressed that they do not want to work in jobs they consider demeaning. Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 25, 2010 – Republicans on a committee dealing with this issue have argued that illegal immigrants take jobs away from the unemployed. “It’s safe to say if unemployed Americans wanted those agricultural jobs, they’d already be working in them,” said Larry S. Rifkin of Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, […]


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Just before Congress ended its last session before the November elections, two senators introduced a bill that could be the last best chance for the U.S. to enact comprehensive immigration reform. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 20, 2010 – Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.B. 3932, The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010. By addressing proposals on border, interior and worksite enforcement, legalization, and future flows of immigration, the bill offers a wide approach to filling the holes that the current immigration system lacks. “It is satisfying to see Congress making a solid effort at […]


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While recent unauthorized immigration has been undergoing a sharp decline, the mainstream media is paying scant attention. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz offers some relevant commentary. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 7, 2010 – The annual inflow of unauthorized immigrants – sometimes referred to in the mainstream media as “illegal immigrants,” or in an even less favorable light as “illegals” – was nearly two-thirds smaller in the March 2007 to March 2009 period than it had been from March 2000 to March 2005, according to new estimates by the Pew Hispanic Center, a […]


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Anchor babies is an offensive term that has many people up in arms. It’s new terminology in the comprehensive immigration reform debate. Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 20, 2010 – It’s amazing how people coin various terms when they’re trying to make a point about something. The new term, “anchor babies,” likely would never have surfaced had it not been for the call for a reassessment of the 14th Amendment. Some feel that it wrongly protects the children of undocumented immigrants. The whole debate started to heat up after U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham described the “drop and leave” tactics […]


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Arizona’s controversial new immigration law is not much different from the federal version. But according to Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee, treating all 11 million of the nation’s illegal immigrants as criminals is not just overwhelming, it’s insane. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 30, 2010 – On its face, Arizona’s controversial new immigration law, Senate Bill 1070, is “like two peas from the same pod,” according to Houston-area immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee, when you also consider what she calls “the federal version.” But there’s also a difference of degree in the Arizona statute. “Arizona wants every illegal immigrant caught […]


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Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz offers informed commentary about Congressional Report. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 22, 2010 – – The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is charged with preventing the entry of terrorists, securing the borders, and carrying out immigration enforcement functions. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a component of DHS, has primary responsibility for securing the borders of the United States, preventing terrorists and their weapons from entering the United States, and enforcing hundreds of U.S. trade and immigration laws. Within CBP, the U.S. Border Patrol’s mission is to detect and prevent the […]


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Houston-area immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee describes some action steps if you leave the United States without surrendering a little white or green form called an I-94. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2010 – When you entered the U.S., you were required to fill out a white form if you entered with a visa and a green form if you entered without a visa. Upon leaving the United States, you were supposed to surrender that I-94 form to the U.S. government. What if it didn’t happen? It’s still in your pocket when you get to your destination after a […]


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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services seeks public comment on proposal to adjust fees for immigration benefits. Dallas immigration lawyer Stewart Rabinowitz weighs in on what he regards as the opposite of “value-added.” Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2010 – – U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is seeking public comment on a proposed federal rule that would adjust fees for immigration benefit applications and petitions. The proposal, posted to the Federal Register on June 9, 2010, for public viewing, would increase overall fees by a weighted average of about 10 percent but would not increase the fee for […]


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CIR may not even pass based on the ferocious opposition to the biometric security card. Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 25, 2010 – While it may sound like a good idea on the surface, the proposed biometric security card as part of CIR is creating a major flap. Interestingly enough, it’s not just one side that opposes it, it’s both. Generally speaking, the idea behind the biometric security card is that a person’s work authorization eligibility is stored in a chip on the card. “The data would not be stored in any central government database; something that doesn’t make […]


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Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee offers some insightful commentary in the wake of the passage and enactment of Arizona’s controversial anti-immigration law. Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 20, 2010 – When Arizona’s Republican governor Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070 into law last month, Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee was not applauding. “The law is racist,” she says, “and will unfairly target people who don’t look white. Although Governor Brewer denies that it will be used as a tool for racial and ethnic profiling, I’d be amazed if it doesn’t do exactly that.” Banerjee perceives the law as a […]


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Those that take bets on politics are betting comprehensive immigration reform may squeak by this year. But is it too risky for an election year? Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 14, 2010  – “Comprehensive immigration reform may be passed this year, and many people think it will be, but if you look at the political landscape, that’s one bet that may fail,” indicated Sally Odell, an immigration lawyer at Rifkin Fox-Isicoff, P.A., in Miami and Orlando, Florida. There are far too many things happening in other places, not in the control of the House, Senate or Congress for things […]


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According to Rabinowitz, of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, the report released on April 1, 2010, by Congressional Research Services on U.S. Immigration Policy on Permanent Admissions implies that U.S. policy faces conflicting and still unresolved issues. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2010 – Four major principles underlie current U.S. policy on permanent immigration: the reunification of families, the admission of immigrants with needed skills, the protection of refugees, and the diversity of admissions by country of origin. These principles are embodied in the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The INA specifies a complex set of numerical limits […]


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