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Northville, MI (Law Firm Newswire) November 5, 2013 – There is a new awareness campaign launched by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to inform veterans about the changes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring to them and their families. According to information on the new website, www.va.gov/aca, vets who are receiving their health care from the Department of Veterans Affairs will not have a change in their out-of-pocket costs or in their level of benefits when they are covered via the Act. Veterans interested in VA health care can use a “Health Benefits Explorer” tool to see what […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Though immigration reform has taken a back burner to the other debates, business leaders are still working to force House Republicans to deal with immigration reform changes. The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook along with Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch, Marriot hotel’s CEO Bill Marriott, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Sean Parker, the founder of Napster, have teamed up to push a vote on immigration legislation. They believe immigration reform will strongly bolster the economy. “The widespread support that immigration reform has […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2013 – Politics is holding back immigration reform. It is depressing that a whole nation waits on the political aspirations of a few wanting to toss dirt at the President. “When the House broke for the summer, it did not escape anyone’s attention that the immigration reform bill was left on the table. There was no vote held, despite the high hopes held by the nation’s immigrants, and those who support them, for a landmark revamping of the immigration system,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – If it is not one thing, it is another when it comes to stalling immigration reform. In the meantime, the one sector that Americans rely on to eat is facing dire circumstances without immigrant workers. “The uncertainty in the agricultural sector from year-to-year is not only unsettling,” indicated Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida, “it has the potential to hurry the death of a great number of farms who produce food for our tables. Many […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Big tech companies are still clamoring for Congress to boost the cap on H-1B visas to allow them to hire foreign-born employees. Companies need to address the need for developers, engineers and programmers. But even though the Senate has approved the raising of the cap, smaller companies say they are not able to lure the best H-1B employees, nor can they handle the complex paperwork involved, or have the significant funds needed for the legal expenses that are required. “The complex issues surrounding H-1B have really had a cooling effect on […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2013 – The American Federation of Teachers has joined with numerous faith-based groups, immigration-rights organizations, business owners and other unions to push for immigration reform. The U.S. Senate introduced a bipartisan immigration bill in June. The Senate bill was drafted as a comprehensive reform plan to grant citizenship for qualified undocumented immigrants, increase border security and support the future of education for immigrant children. The bill is sitting in the House of Representatives. “Numerous polls have shown, time and again, that most Americans do support a balanced approach to reform and that they […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – It is clear that the Republicans are still stalling immigration reform, despite indicating they would get on the same page with the Democrats to pass the bill. “Despite a close vote to pass the bill in the Senate (84-15), the 15-man holdout was Republicans. The same party that said they were on board with the Democrats to get the reform bill passed. It appears what they say and what they do are two different things,” added Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 11, 2013 – An IT professional in the U.S. recently filed a lawsuit in Wisconsin against Indian outsourcing company Infosys Ltd., alleging they discriminate in hiring based on race. Infosys, as well as a number of other India-based IT outsourcing companies, has been criticized recently for not creating more jobs for U.S. citizens, in response to the push for an increase of the cap of the number of available H-1B visas. Congress is pushing for more IT companies in India to hire more U.S. citizens as employees, which would reduce the number of H-1B […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – Despite President Obama still beating the drum to encourage immigration reform to move forward, nothing is happening. “It was mere days after the House Republicans stubbornly stated they would not support the much debated immigration reform bill, leaving the future of over 11 million illegal immigrants hanging in the wind, when President Obama put out a call on his weekly radio program urging cooler minds to prevail and get the bill done,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 4, 2013 – The U.S. Department of State has issued visa updates to embassies around the world on how the U.S. is managing the immigration of same-sex couples. The guidelines include the missive that, beginning immediately, consular officers are to begin reviewing the visa applications which have been filed by a same-sex spouse the same way they review visa applications filed by an opposite-sex spouse. Same-sex marriages are now considered valid for purposes of immigration. “A same-sex marriage is considered valid for all immigration purposes, even if it is determined that the same-sex couple […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 29, 2013 – The President recently said that his hopes for an immigration overhaul would not be met this summer, but will be finalized before the end of this year, though critics believe that may also be an optimistic deadline. The President, interviewed on television on several Spanish-language TV stations, Telemundo and Univsion, in Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles and New York, stated that he was pushing for legislation which included pathway plans for undocumented resident citizenship; he has met with strong resistance from House GOP lawmakers. There are currently more than 11 million undocumented […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 21, 2013 – According to a recent report by J. P. Morgan, the U.S. immigration bill, as it currently stands, is worrying Indian companies. The bill is slated to adversely affect the economy there. The report estimated that the “outplacement clause” in the bill will affect lower-level employees in India, as well. “The immigration bill favors U.S.-based IT firms,” says Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “A significant number of IT firms in the U.S. use employees from India, which does not affect the U.S. unemployment rates. According to estimates by The Department of Labor, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Border patrol statistics from Arizona show a jump of 13 percent over 2012 figures for a six-month period ending April 1. “Border apprehension numbers are important to politicians, as they are tied to funding for border security. Crossing points that show a decrease are lauded as being effective. Points that show an increase are supposedly targeted for more funding, more security. Overall, the numbers are irrelevant, because traffic shifts from one crossing point to another on a frequent basis. It’s just the way it goes,” said Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) August 9, 2013 – Immigration reform may be a bit closer with the 84-15 vote in the Senate. That does not necessarily mean reform will ultimately make it through the rest of the political process. “The name of the bill that attempts to deal with immigration reform seems to get longer the more time it spends in political committees. Nonetheless, some progress appears to have been made with the bill. The Senate voted for it 82-15. Overall, this means some forward movement. It does not mean a final passage, as further debate is pending relating […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 31, 2013 – Border security efforts can include the latest in high-tech efforts as well as something as simple as checking for footprints. “One of the largest sections of protected border is the 262-mile wall just south of Tucson. It bristles with sensors, infrared scopes and surveillance cameras. It’s high tech to the nth degree,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “But security is even more basic than that, including foot searches, horseback details scouring the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 24, 2013 – Acts of terrorism involving immigrants often affects the public point of view about immigration reform. “It is not unusual to note public interest in immigration reform drops precipitously in the wake of terrorist acts involving immigrants. Whether that is constitutionally fair or a valid reaction is another conundrum,” indicated Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. The Boston bombings created a tidal wave of anti-immigration feelings across the nation. Included in those proposing even stricter […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – The Department of Homeland Security Office of Immigration Statistics released a new report based on the 2010 U.S. census, estimating the population of undocumented immigrants in the United States. “While we know how many H-1B visas are available and what the application numbers are each year, it can be far less clear to know how many other types of foreign-born workers are in the U.S. at any given time,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) works with the American Community Survey (ACS) of the U.S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 15, 2013 – The U.S. Senate has wrapped up extensive debate on the issues of immigration reform and hammering out Bill S.744. Members of the Senate have announced that they have reached an agreement on Bill S.744, rejecting a number of amendments and adding in stricter border security requirements. “It may be that immigration will always be a hot-button topic for the United States,” stated Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. “And compromise from all political parties is the way the country continues to move forward.” Senators Bob Corker and John Hoeven along with the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 24, 2013 – Business leaders are lobbying for H-1B visa amendments. As the Senate Judiciary Committee was preparing to meet to hammer out immigration reform, a number of business groups came together to submit a plea that they consider changes to H-1B visa program. A lobbying letter, which was signed by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Chamber of Commerce and multiple organizations representing technology urged the Committee approve a significant increase in the number of highly-skilled workers allowed under H-1B. “Proponents of updating the H-1B restrictions are hopeful significant changes can be made […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 17, 2013 – It is not hard to figure out why the Republicans had a poor showing during the election. Their attitude towards immigration reform was a killer – literally. “If you understand the party differences relating to immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida “you will realize that the Republicans had a poor showing in the election due to their bad attitude about immigrants and reforming the system. What immigrant in their right mind […]


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