miami immigration lawyer | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 26, 2011 – Seems more speeches and hints about immigration reform are beginning to pepper the president’s agenda. Does it mean anything? “More speeches on immigration reform are starting to find their way into the president’s busy itinerary. It’s still a hot button issue, and people still want to hear about it; want to know what, if anything, is going to be done about it. Or will it continue to hang around for ages, like the scent of skunk. The White House is even tweeting speaking engagements where comprehensive immigration reform will be the […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) July 13, 2011 – Three cheers for the State of Illinois and the return of what appears to be common sense in dealing with comprehensive immigration reform at the state level. “If Illinois wanted to set an example about using common sense to make decisions relating to comprehensive immigration reform, they took a gigantic step forward when they told the Department of Homeland Security they were not going to be a part of the Secure Communities Program, largely because they find it to be ineffective. On top of that, they also went ahead and passed […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 29, 2011 – Once again, fingers are pointing to Washington for a federal solution to a federal problem – immigration reform. And once again, there is no solution. “If comprehensive immigration reform were a revolving door, it would be worn out right about now with all the various revolutions it has gone through over the years. These past few years however have been particularly hard. The ‘one step forward, two steps or more backwards’ movement of immigration reform has made pretty much zero headway, and because of that, states are going off on their […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2011 – There is a movement afoot to suspend deportations of gay married spouses. Whether it succeeds, may be questionable. “The movement to suspend the deportation of married gay spouses exist largely because the Obama Administration considers the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional. It is interesting that they feel that way because deporting people because they are married and gay is also unconstitutional. That aside, the Defense of Marriage Act bars married gays from citizenship rights,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 26, 2011 – The Partnership for a New American Economy may have some answers to fixing the economy. Interestingly, those answers may involve immigrants. “The Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE) has some high profile Americans ostensibly working in concert to point out the economic benefits the U.S. could derive from immigration reform. I’m sure there are a number of other people across America who may be muttering in the coffee ‘that it’s about time.’ It’s no secret that having immigrants in the U.S. that pay taxes would boost the economy exponentially, so, […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) May 12, 2011 – When the winds of fortune change, politicians tend to change with them. Too bad that may not help comprehensive immigration reform. “It’s indeed interesting that a hunger strike by students in San Antonio didn’t stop Senator Kay Hutchison from voting against the DREAM Act. Fast forward to what the political landscape looks like now, and Hutchinson is saying she will work to pass a scaled down version of the act; one that wouldn’t offer illegal aliens citizenship,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2011 – Bipartisan co-joining may just boost religion back into the immigration reform debate. In fact, perhaps the door to negotiations may be slowly swinging open once again. “Immigration reform has taken so many twists and turns lately, especially in the last four to five years, that many don’t really know where it stands any longer. All they can determine, based on what they see in Washington and read in the media, is that things are on stall and likely permanently. It comes as a large surprise that two influential politicians are now […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2011 – It looks like old ground will be revisited in the ongoing debate over immigration reform. Indeed, politics does make strange bedfellows. “It appears that some interesting things are taking place in terms of political alliances over immigration reform,” said Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “Chuck Schumer and Lindsey Graham have joined forces and are quietly working with an eclectic assortment of groups, conservative and liberal, to get support for their immigration reform proposals – […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 29, 2011 – While the country may thrill to the cry of equality for everyone, the reality is that is not going to happen anytime soon. “You may recall that the basic idea behind the founding of America was that everyone would have a fair crack at living the dream in the U.S. Unfortunately, two camps got into the fray – the left and right. The left says all illegal immigrants deserve amnesty and that the other guys push for deportation and detention. One wonders where the middle of the road common sense went,” […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2011 – Now the nation sees it and now it does not. Like a shell game, the border fence that never really was now exists as a stinging reminder of how out of control comprehensive immigration reform was. “Really, what were people thinking when it came to the border fence?” asked Larry S. Rifkin, managing partner at Rikfin & Fox-Isicoff, an immigration law firm with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “It was originally proposed as an invisible fence on the U.S.-Mexico border during the George Bush era, when the powers […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) March 1, 2011 – The twixt and tween of politics may make a hash out of comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Getting consensus will be a bitter battle. “While the president has been heard to tell the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that he will be pushing for comprehensive immigration reform this year, one has to wonder how he honestly thinks he is going to be able to accomplish that. Since the elections, the whole face of the House has changed. It is almost back to the table to start from scratch,” said Larry S. Rifkin, Miami immigration […]


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Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) February 23, 2011 – States these days are insisting they have rights when it comes to doing what they want in relation to comprehensive immigration reform. Over the years, virtually every year since the U.S. came into existence, every state has stood on its soapbox and insisted that it had rights. And indeed they do. However, these days, the rights seem to override or overshadow the right of the federal government to make changes needed for the country when it comes to comprehensive immigration reform (CIR). “State’s rights have always been a cry to battle […]


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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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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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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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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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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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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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