immigration reform | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 21, 2013 – Immigration reform is still one of the most pressing domestic issues in the U.S. It is being derailed once again. “Most Americans get the idea that passing immigration reform would improve the economy, strengthen our presence abroad and offer extra stability for local communities. However, most don’t understand that immigration reform is closely tied to the health care system,” explained Larry Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. It is odd that Americans and politicians seem to […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – The DREAM Act says one thing. The young man nearly deported once and forced to leave later, because of application backlogs, despairs for the future of other Dreamers. “Many Floridians have heard about Juan Gomez, an undocumented immigrant and a Miami high school teen who had just graduated from high school in 2007. Immigration officials came knocking on his door and were set to deport him and his whole family back to Colombia. His classmates pulled out all the stops with social media to keep him in Miami. It worked. He […]


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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 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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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) 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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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) 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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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – Politicians suggest immigration reform will be accomplished this year. Immigration groups wonder if that is true. “The whole immigration reform scenario has become a football kicked randomly back and forth across the political landscape. Few points are scored, and there are players still waiting the game out, until the referees choose to do something constructive. Some Republicans are saying it will pass the Senate this year, which is a much longer time than when they first said it had to be done just after their election loss,” pointed out Larry S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) June 10, 2013 – While lawmakers are debating amendments to the immigration reform proposal, there are a number of politicians who feel it is an unworkable issue. Republican lawmaker Steve Stockman has stated that he believes “a gang of millions” will push back against the current Senate immigration bill crafted by the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group comprised of eight senators. Stockman believes the immigration deal, as it currently stands, will fail, because people do not support it and it is “fundamentally unfair,” both to current immigration laws and to immigrants who came into […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) May 2, 2013 – Immigration reform continues to be one of the hottest issues in Texas. Now, even evangelical leaders and entrepreneurs across Texas are becoming vocal about the changes they would like to see from Texas legislators. The groups have used radio time, online and in-person petitions and even demonstrations to ask the U.S. House and Senate bipartisan groups to vote their way. Meanwhile, the divide is growing between the Republicans that make up the congressional delegation, Texas small businesses, and the religious right. “Immigration law as it now stands, especially via restrictions, are […]


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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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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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