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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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  • 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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  • Undocumented Children

    || 27-Sep-2014

    This is the story of one of the children who made it to the United States. She fled an abuse home in her native Honduras at the age of 14. She says there is killing just for the sake of killing in Honduras. Many children live alone because their parents are dead. At the age of 17, she fled Honduras with only her birth certificate and the clothes on her back. She traveled with six men she did not ...
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  • University Professors Send President Obama a Message

    || 3-Sep-2014

    With the current events as they are in the World today, President Obama has a lot on his plate in dealing with Russia, ISIS, North Korea, and various civil rights issues in the United States. In addition to all this, his deliberation on what to do regarding immigration reform weighs on him. Obama has already made it known that he intends on taking matters into his own hands when it comes to ...
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  • Immigration Judge Union Calls For More Judges

    || 31-Aug-2014

    Today, two leaders of the immigration judges' union called for the immigration court system to be separated from the Department of Justice. Their concern is that the immigration judges are supposed to be independent arbiters and unbiased triers of fact and law in removal proceedings but their inclusion in the Department of Justice makes this difficult. They are a neutral court within an ...
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  • Marco Rubio Heckled on Immigration

    || 30-Aug-2014

    While at a Republican fundraising event, Florida Senator Rubio was heckled by advocates seeking and demanding immigration reform. Rubio, whose parents fled Cuba in the 1950's, acknowledged that he is from a family of immigrants. Rubio is still reeling from his failed attempt at comprehensive immigration reform. He helped write a bill that passed in the Senate but failed to even be put for a ...
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  • How Far Will President Obama Go on Immigration

    || 29-Aug-2014

    It appears as though the much anticipated unilateral action by President Obama regarding immigration may be much wider than contemplated. Members of the administration have been meeting with business leaders and groups to get an idea of the changes needed for business and employment visas. Some of the suggestions are: exempt spouses and dependent green card holders from the cap on employment-based ...
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  • How Far Will President Obama Go on Immigration

    || 29-Aug-2014

    It appears as though the much anticipated unilateral action by President Obama regarding immigration may be much wider than contemplated. Members of the administration have been meeting with business leaders and groups to get an idea of the changes needed for business and employment visas. Some of the suggestions are: exempt spouses and dependent green card holders from the cap on employment-based ...
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  • San Francisco Providing Lawyers to Immigrant Children

    || 28-Aug-2014

    There are an estimated 4,000 children who are undocumented in San Francisco and facing removal proceedings and ultimately, deportation. San Francisco will become the first city in California to develop and implement a program to provide legal representation to undocumented children. The non-profit, Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights will be funded to provide pro bono legal representation to ...
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  • President Obama's Options on Immigration

    || 8-Aug-2014

    White House insiders are now saying that the President will most likely use his executive authority to affect immigration law sometime in September. The President has an array of options, each with its own set of benefits for the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States and each with its own set of legal challenges. 1. The President coudl simply instruct immigration authorities to ...
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  • Will President Obama Use Executive Action for Immigration

    || 20-Jul-2014

    President Obama has previously indicated that he will hold off in taking any further executive action in the immigration arena to give Congress a chance to vote on and pass new immigration laws designed to fix our broken immigration system. As the summer passes the half-way point, it becomes clearer that Congress does not wish to tackle this issue, especially in light of the sudden influx of ...
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  • Arizona Loses Another Immigration Fight In The Courts

    || 7-Jul-2014

    Once again, Arizona is on the losing end of an immigration controversy courtesy of a Federal Appeals Court. Arizona sought to deny state driver's license to immigrants who were granted deferred action in President Obama's executive action creating what is commonly known as the DREAM ACT. The regulation, officially called Deferred Action for Early Childhood Arrivals ("DACA"), gave ...
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