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Miami Immigration Blog

Miami Immigration Blog

  • The new changes in diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba that President Obama have enacted are being met with some trepidation by many Cuban nationals who are living in the United States, many in the south Florida area. Prior to the change in these relations, Cubans who had been convicted of a criminal offense in the United States could not, for the most part, be deported to ...
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  • Presidential Hopeful Jeb Bush Speaks in Favor of Immigrants

    || 15-Feb-2015

    On Saturday, Iowa congressman Steve King, an infamously anti-immigration advocate, hosted a political event for Republican conservative presidential hopefuls. Missing from this roster of potential presidential contenders was Jeb Bush. In the past Congressman King has made disparaging and pejorative remarks towards undocumented individuals. His personal verbal attacks have made him a leader for ...
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  • Not long after the mid-term elections which put Republicans in control of the House, a vote took place that passed amendments which would undermine President Obamas plans for immigration. The president's most recent immigration policy included protecting undocumented individuals who have children born in the United States and in addition are from any criminal history. This new policy was ...
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  • Last summer, due to the surge in undocumented women and children crossing the border from Mexico in to the United States, the U.S. Immigration Courts have been inundated with hundreds of thousands of non-criminal cases that were filed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). These cases have been fast-tracked or placed on what is referred to as a "rocket docket." Unfortunately, many ...
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  • The Executive Action regarding immigration reform, which President Obama announced last month is not receiving support by the majority of the American public. Not surprisingly, a new Gallup poll shows that Americans who do not support the law number at 51 percent of people polled, while those who are in favor of the new Executive Action number at 41 percent. Among Hispanics polled, the overall ...
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  • Applications for the new immigration law may begin February 2015

    || 19-Dec-2014

    However, the White House continues to move forward and expressed further explanation on the new Executive Action regarding immigration reform and made some important points for the public to understand. One of the first concerns is that individuals make educated choices about who can help them with the application process. They warn against the use of "notaries", who notoriously have ...
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  • The number of states who have joined the lawsuit against President Obama has risen to 24. That means that half of the states in the United States have decided that they believe that the Executive Action towards immigration reform that the President has taken, is unlawful. These states include Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, ...
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  • President Obama announced earlier today that he promised to end the way the United States currently deals with the county of Cuba, calling it "outdated." In this news breaking declaration, he stated that he hopes to mend relations with the country, which have been halted for five decades now. Currently, trade and travel to Cuba is extremely restricted, but this may end if the changes ...
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  • Washington warns people to steer clear from "Notario" Scams

    || 5-Dec-2014

    With the new and exciting laws for undocumented individuals that President Obama announced last month, comes a warning for unsuspecting families who may be headed for sham and unethical "notarios." It is vital that anyone seeking to benefit from the new laws that could potentially grant status, must consult with a reputable and well established immigration attorney. Only that way the ...
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  • President Obama defends his position on immigration reform

    || 4-Dec-2014

    granted lawful status. It also includes the expansion of certain visas to individuals in specialized high tech areas who wish to immigrate to the United States. Millions of people would be effected from this relief from deportation or removal. Instead of an "amnesty", the President issued an executive directive to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement ...
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  • Immigration Detention Facility to Close

    || 20-Nov-2014

    The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it will be closing an immigration facility in Artesia, New Mexico. This particular facility is a center that specializes in detention of women and children of undocumented individuals and families. The announcement should be perceived as a positive step on the immigration front for supporters of the rights of undocumented individuals. ...
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  • Eighth-Graders learn about immigration from guest speaker

    || 18-Nov-2014

    Eighth-grade students at the Donna Klein School in Boca Raton experienced a unique learning opportunity when Mrs. Frieda Goldstein, mother of eighth-grader Jacob Goldstein and a Miami immigration attorney, met with the class as enrichment to their study of their Humanities Immigration Unit. Mrs. Goldstein addressed such topics as the early waves of immigration to the United States, the ...
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  • The President continued to proceed with his plan to make some changes in regards to undocumented individuals present in the country. President Obama criticized Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner for refusing to take up a bipartisan immigration reform bill that was presented by the United States Senate. The President stated that he had warned Speaker Boehner that if he would not ...
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  • The hot topic up for debate currently is whether President Obama as the legal authority to take action on the Immigration Reform on his own. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in 2012 that the president of the United States has the authority to exercise prosecutorial discretion in the area of immigration. Despite that, Fox News, a Republic based entity which openly criticizes President ...
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  • The Department of Justice, Executive Office for Immigration Review is the agency that employs the nation's Immigration Judges and the Los Angeles Immigration Court is one of the largest in the country. A new initiative has been put into place in the Immigration Courtroom that intends to speed up the time for these newly arrived, and mostly unaccompanied minors to appear before the Immigration ...
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  • The application for United States citizenship or N-400 is a document designed to ask many questions that relate to national security and the applicant's past associations and activities. It was created that way with the intention of allowing the Department of Homeland Security to determine if an applicant is eligible for United States Citizenship. Rasmieh Odeh, a naturalized United States ...
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  • Immigration Faces Tough Road Following Yesterday's Election

    || 5-Nov-2014

    The mid-term elections that took place yesterday were a landslide for the Republican Party in most parts of the country. This is not good news for supporters of a Comprehensive Immigration Reform, whose political leanings tend to be Democratic. The Republican Party has articulated its opposition to any Immigration Policy that President Obama intends to promulgate. A spokesperson for the Republican ...
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  • The Republic of Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere, with four-fifths of its population in abject poverty and three-fifths of the population unemployed or under-employed. Early next year, many Haitian citizens will finally enjoy a benefit bestowed to many individuals, slated to leave the country to join their family in the United States. Many of these families previously ...
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  • The Second Wave of Immigration that Hit the United States Filled with Diversity

    || 28-Oct-2014

    The first wave of immigration into the United States occurred as far back as the 1880s to the 1920s. This wave of immigrants was by fueled turmoil, poverty and war in Europe and aided by the creation of Ellis Island in New York's Liberty Harbor. The second wave, which began in the 1970s are mostly middle class and immigrated to the United States for different reasons. For the most part, these ...
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  • Immigration Officer Who Took Bribes Sentenced

    || 27-Oct-2014

    In Los Angeles, California this week, former Immigration Officer Mai Nhu Nguyen was sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for a plea of guilty she made earlier this year to accepting bribes in favor of granting immigration benefits to people who appeared before in her capacity as an Immigration Officer. Before her scam was uncovered, Ms. Nguyen, was employed by the Department of Homeland ...
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  • Colorado Faces a Demand in Driver's Licenses for Undocumented Immigrants

    || 26-Oct-2014

    Colorado recently became the 11 th state to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver's license without providing information regarding their immigration status in the United States and facing the risk of removal proceedings. For most individuals who do not have legal status, this benefit is a golden opportunity. It enables them to drive their children to school, go to the grocery store ...
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  • Philadelphia Immigration Court Overwhelmed By Undocumented Children Cases

    || 22-Oct-2014

    The United States Immigration Court, located in the Federal Building at Ninth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is not one of the largest courts in the nation. However, with the recent influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border of Mexico in the United States, many of these children have found themselves in Immigration Courts all across the country, including the City of ...
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  • Florida Candidates on Immigration Reform

    || 3-Oct-2014

    In Miami, Florida, the race for Congress between two candidates rest, largely, on their stance on immigration. Miami consists of a very large Hispanic community from various countries with various views on immigration reform. Republican Carlos Curbelo is challenging Democratic Rep Joe Garcia to represent Florida's 26 th congressional district. Garcia, is a proponent of immigration reform and ...
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  • Diaz-Balart on Immigration Reform

    || 2-Oct-2014

    In a recent interview with Fox News, Mario Diaz-Balart says that he believes that the next window for passing comprehensive immigration reform is early next year. If that window is missed, Diaz-Balart said, immigration reform will continue to be an elusive goal for an indefinite period of time. After the next Congress, the political focus will shift to the 2016 presidential election and ...
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  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Reminds Attorneys of their Importance

    || 30-Sep-2014

    On Thursday, September 4, 2014, the U.S. court appealed for the Second Circuit, in Manhattan, with the hopes of providing and continuing training to lawyers in order to better assist them in the representation of immigrants. During the training, Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, took the stage in front of nearly 25 attorneys, and other members who represent the Immigrant Justice Corps. ...
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