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Miami Immigration Blog

Miami Immigration Blog

  • More Than 35,000 Cubans May Be Deported

    || 21-Jul-2015

    With the recent change in policy between the United States and Cuba, more than 35,000 nationals of Cuba who have been ordered removed or deported from the United States may now find they may be sent back to their home island. In the past, Cuba did not accept deportees back onto its soil so individuals with an order from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or the Executive ...
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  • DHS Proposes Expansion of Provisional Waiver Program

    || 15-Jul-2015

    On July 14th, the Homeland Security Secretary issued a proposed expansion of the provisional waiver for unlawful presence rule. This will be published in the Federal Register for publication and comments. The proposal suggests two changes to the current provisional waiver regulation. First, the proposed rule seeks to expand the provisional waiver to all that otherwise qualify for an immigrant visa ...
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  • The Basics of Immigration & Naturalization

    || 9-Jul-2015

    Becoming a U.S. citizen is done in two ways: through birth or naturalization. Naturalization allows Permanent Residents to become citizens and gives them the rights and privileges that come along with citizenship. You will need to submit an application to the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS). This is called Form N-400, the Application for Naturalization. You must also be eligible to ...
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  • Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

    || 1-Jul-2015

    After more than fifty years, The United States and Cuba will be reopening their respective embassies in both Washington D.C. and Havana. Diplomatic relations between the two countries had been previously severed, but President Obama has been working with Cuba in order to reach an amicable agreement, which would end decades of severance. In 1961, President Dwight Eisenhower ended relations with ...
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  • The Supreme Court Rules Gay Marriage Legal in All 50 States

    || 27-Jun-2015

    Thursday, June 26, 2015, will be remembered as an historic day for the United States of America. By a slim margin of votes, 5 to 4 to be precise, the country has joined the ranks of 20 other nations who have already embraced the legalization of same-sex marriage. The ruling guarantees that the Constitution of the United States provides the right to same-sex marriage for all. The much anticipated ...
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  • Marco Rubio on Immigration Reform

    || 22-Jun-2015

    It seems like Marco Rubio is changing his stance on immigration in an attempt to please voters and the Republican Party. In a Boston Globe article recently, Rubio’s immigration positions were outlined. In October 2010, Rubio stated that any earned path to citizenship constituted amnesty and that he was opposed to it. This occurred during a Senate debate in Florida. In April 2012, Rubio began ...
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  • An historic decision was reached this week when the White House announced that the country of Cuba would be removed from the United States’ list of sponsored terrorist states. Cuba had been on the notorious list since December 29, 1979, when the list was created. The only countries on the list at that time were Libya, Iraq, South Yemen and Syria. However, prior to the creation of the list, ...
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  • Families in Legal Limbo Awaiting Decision on Immigration Reform

    || 30-May-2015

    Last November, President Obama spoke to the nation when he announced his plans for Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA). This program, as he explained would benefit millions of individuals present in the United States without authorization, but who have children who are either United States citizens or lawful permanent residents. The benefits included relief from deportation or ...
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  • Increase in Immigration Judges

    || 23-May-2015

    For the first time in its history, the Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, otherwise known as EOIR, has been allocated the largest increase in the number of immigration judges across the country. Currently, there are approximately 220 immigration judges in the entire country, handling millions of immigration court hearings. also known as removal proceedings, ...
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  • Immigration Reform and Hillary Clinton

    || 20-May-2015

    President hopeful Hillary Clinton has consistently supported the notion of Comprehensive Immigration Reform and continues with message of support in her candidacy. On Tuesday Mrs. Clinton will meet with various immigrants at a high school in Las Vegas, Nevada. Supporters are awaiting to hear if she will continue to pledge her strong support to the immigration initiative. Late last year, in 2014, ...
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  • Provisional Waiver Granted for Transgender Same-Sex Marriage

    || 13-May-2015

    We were retained by a couple who had been together for over ten years. The petitioner was a native New Yorker, a United States citizen, who was formerly a male, but over the past few years had reassigned his gender to female. Her partner, a woman who was a native and citizen of Guatemala, had entered the United States by crossing the border from Mexico, many years before. The couple lived together ...
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  • New Relations With Cuba

    || 13-May-2015

    Since 1963, the United States has ceased its diplomatic relations with the country of Cuba. Late last year, President Obama announced that he intended to reestablish ties between the two countries. Some of the changes that will occur will affect Americans who either have family in Cuba or are interested in travel to the island, located only 80 nautical miles south of Key West, Florida, the ...
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  • New Guidance on L Visas

    || 12-May-2015

    The L-1B visa category pertains to very specialized workers who have advanced knowledge and training in precise fields of employment. Theses visas are available to individuals who are employed in a company overseas that has offices in the country where they are employed as well as in the United States. This particular visa allows these specialized workers the opportunity of relocating to the ...
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  • Recently, the United States Senate committee for Homeland Security considered several guest worker programs that were recently proposed. Within a week three “Securing the Border” hearings were conducted covering topics such as the roots and causes of the Central American migration into the United States and transnational crime. Overall, there was a concurrence that a plan to increase ...
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  • The Fight over DAPA

    || 29-Mar-2015

    The United States Department of Justice announced earlier this week that over 100,000 undocumented individuals had been granted a three year reprieve from removal or deportation under an expansion of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. These individuals fall under a specific category of young immigrants who were brought into the United States unlawfully when they were ...
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  • Despite the outcry against the current immigration policy, the fact that at least 7,706 undocumented children from Central American countries have been ordered “ removed ” or “ deported ” by a Federal Immigration Judge without their day in court, speaks volumes about the current immigration system. This increased peak in court decisions follows the increase in children and ...
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  • Immigration Court Dates Taking Years

    || 27-Mar-2015

    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, ...
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  • 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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