Immigration Law | Law Firm Newswire - Part 18

Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 9, 2011 – When most Americans think of immigrants, they think of Mexicans or Latinos because of the latest Arizona anti-immigration laws and the anti-immigration sentiment that is running through the fabric of the country. However, the immigrant experience actually runs the gamut as they come from all over the world. But imagine every imaginable variable thrown into the spoke of a bicycle wheel. That is how far and wide the human drama continues as the stories of each complex and unique immigration story develops. Heartbreaking stories, such as the one about an uninsured […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2011 – The U.S. Department of State released the Visa Bulletin for January of 2011, bringing bad news for foreign nationals who are trying to immigrate to the U.S. based on a qualifying family relationship. Priority dates, each immigrant’s “place in line” for a visa with which to immigrate to the U.S., retrogressed, or moved backwards, meaning that immigrants will face a longer wait until they are eligible to join their relatives to the U.S. Priority dates had been moving forward in past months, giving some families hope that they would be reunited […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 2, 2011 – “In supreme frustration, many states either have or are considering passing their own rigorous immigration laws to combat illegal aliens. While the idea may be a valid one, the legislation, often passed without viewing the complete bigger picture, may ultimately end up illegal, immoral and potentially unenforceable,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The latest state to weigh in on this matter is Virginia, who plans to roll out its version of CIR in […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 28, 2011 – One of the missions of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a Fraud Detection and National Security proponent, is maintaining the integrity of the legal immigration system. They perform a variety of fraud detection methods, such as conducting interviews and investigations of immigrants seeking citizenship. One method of fraud detection tools they now use is searching social networking sites such as Facebook, Hi5, MySpace, Classmates.com, and others, to mine for information. People use these sites to stay connected with friends and families and in some cases to feed their narcissistic tendencies just […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2011 – The voting patterns this year were unusual and likely predictive of the face of the government in 2012. African American voters stuck with the Democrats, while Hispanics voters supported Republicans. “One of the more interesting things to note as fallout from the mid-term election is the election of two Republican governors, Susana Martinez in New Mexico and Brian Sandoval in Nevada. Even more interesting is a recent remark made by Francisco Canseco, an elected majority seat holder in Texas, offering his thoughts on CIR. In a nutshell, he does not think […]


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Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 19, 2011 – In a landmark court case for immigrants, the Ninth Circuit recently found that an alien in removal proceedings has the right to review a copy of his A-file from the government as part of preparing for an immigration hearing. “Finally, as a result of this Ninth Circuit’s holding, aliens in removal proceedings in the Ninth Circuit will be able to see a copy of their A-file in advance of a hearing,” said Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. In Dent v. Holder, Sazar Dent, a Honduran […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 12, 2011 – Already in more than 650 jurisdictions and in 32 states, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) plans to expand the two-year Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program called “Secure Communities” to every state by 2011. Unlike other local/ICE partnerships, there is no need for Memoranda of Agreement between local law enforcement agencies, or the need for local law agents to be deputized in order to enforce immigration laws. ICE also plans to extend its reach to 3,100 state and local jails nationally by 2013. Secure Communities allows ICE to have access to […]


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The National Visa Center released its annual report of immigrant visa applicants in the family-sponsored and employment-based preferences in early November, 2010. Dallas immigration attorney Stewart Rabinowitz of the firm Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz breaks down the numbers and advises applicants on what steps to take. Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 27, 2010 – The majority of immigrant visa applicants are eligible based on either employer or family sponsorship. Most categories receive more applicants than the limit every year, so additional applicants are placed on a waiting list, with priority based on filing date. On the employment side, “Priority Workers […]


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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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