Blog Posts in March, 2011

  • The Department of Homeland Security has stepped up its enforcement against employers who hire undocumented workers and it may end up costing seventy-one nursery workers their jobs, the Miami Herald reports. The nursery’s business is being hit hard by an action that could cost them half their workers. “The human toll is the real problem. Our company’s heartsick- we’re losing members of our family. …

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  • Cuba Travel Restrictions

    Posted By admin || 29-Mar-2011

    As one of the latest measures implemented to ease some of the restrictions the United States has in place on Cuba, comes the news that chartered flights to and from Cuba will now be allowed to take off and land at eight new airports in the U.S. This will be sure to make it more convenient for those who are allowed to travel to Cuba, particularly those who wish to visit family there. Federal …

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  • The Latest on Haitian Deportations

    Posted By admin || 29-Mar-2011

    According to immigration officials, the U.S. government will deport 700 Haitians this year. After the catastrophic earthquake that hit the country in January of last year, deportations to the island stopped and many Haitians were granted Temporary Protection Status (TPS) by the U.S. immigration authorities. In December of last year, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) made it known …

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  • Look at the Numbers . . .

    Posted By admin || 28-Mar-2011

    As lawmakers in Florida push for immigration-enforcement bills for fear of our state being invaded by a new wave of “aliens,” new data shows that the number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States has remained stable over the past years. Recent estimates from the Pew Hispanic Center and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) indicate that the number of illegal immigrants in …

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  • The Florida Senate’s immigration-enforcement bill includes a provision that holds the federal government responsible for failing to enforce immigration laws or enact reforms, a failure that it states is taking a toll on state resources. That is why the proponents of the bill have added a measure that would require the state to calculate the cost of unauthorized immigration and would allow for the …

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  • An Act of Kindness

    Posted By admin || 18-Mar-2011

    In times of need, when we lack the means to fix a problem on our own and look to others for help, what happens when the people we would least expect are the only ones that come to our aid? An anecdotal tale written in the New York Times gives insight into an emergency situation where car trouble left a young man stranded on the side of the freeway hoping someone would be kind enough to stop and …

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  • New Dual Purpose Immigration Card

    Posted By admin || 18-Mar-2011

    It used to be that individuals who applied for permanent residency or adjustment of status and whose cases were still pending ran the risk of having their application denied if they left the United States without first obtaining a special permission called Advance Parole. Currently, applicants who are granted Advance Parole are issued Form I-512 and papers documenting this. Now, the U.S. …

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  • Alabama Proposes New Immigration Law

    Posted By admin || 16-Mar-2011

    Alabama is the most recent state to propose an immigration package similar to the Arizona laws passed last year, following the recent package passed in Utah. A group of protesters gathered at the Statehouse Thursday, March 10, to state their objections to the bill includes two worrisome provisions. The first provision allows police to detain illegal immigrants for up to a year and to penalize …

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  • Florida City is hoping to have a new immigrant detention center built, reports say. The city is applying for a grant to build a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facility that would have enough room to house as many as 2,300 detainees. Although it would cost $150 million, officials expect that it would create a large number of jobs in the area. For this reason, two other …

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  • The Florida Speaker of the House, Republican Dean Cannon from Winter Park, has announced that a new immigration-enforcement bill will be introduced during the newly begun legislative session. Much to the dismay of many, the bill would solidify the attempts of the previously drafted bills by allowing law enforcement officers to check the immigration status of someone involved in a criminal …

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  • Florida Lawmakers Push for Immigration Bill

    Posted By admin || 9-Mar-2011

    It’s official- Florida lawmakers are pushing for a watered-down version of Arizona’s strict immigration laws. These will be considered during the 60-day legislative session beginning today. They claim this is part of a broad effort by a coalition of states to enact laws that will force Washington to create a uniform set of immigration reforms. Florida Senate President-Pro-Temp, Mike …

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  • Immigration Judge Kevin G. Bradley

    Posted By admin || 8-Mar-2011

    The Immigration Bar in Miami, Florida lost a good Judge and a great man Sunday when Kevin G. Bradley passed away. Judge Bradley was appointed Immigration Judge in March 1997. He received his B.A. from Cathedral College in 1973, and his J.D. from Suffolk University in 1980. From 1988 to 1997, Judge Bradley served as Sector Counsel with the U.S. Border Patrol in Swanton, Vermont. He worked as …

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  • Discrimination Lawsuit

    Posted By admin || 7-Mar-2011

    Those who believe non-immigrants or natives were exempt from discrimination will be blown away by this landmark case that is quickly becoming a hotbed for scandal. What began as a conspiracy charge related to the nation’s largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants has now evolved into a second lawsuit filed on behalf of four women who claim discrimination of non-immigrants who applied for jobs …

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  • ACLU Takes on Immigration Case

    Posted By admin || 7-Mar-2011

    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has, once again, stepped up to defend the rights of the defenseless. This time, it was to defend a handicapped man who suffers from moderate retardation. Jose Antonio Franco, a 30-year-old man with a mental age of two, was facing deportation from the U.S. but his case came to a sudden halt when an immigration judge realized that he could not understand the …

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