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Citizenship Status
State Representative Thad Altman introduced a bill into the Florida House of Representatives on December 11, 2018, that would require e-verification of citizenship by all employers within the state. The bill would require employers to run applications through a federal database to check citizenship status for all job candidates, slowing down the onboarding process to...
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Requests for Asylum
The rate of denials for asylum applications by immigrants in the Miami area reached an 18-year high in 2018. According to data compiled and released by the Transactional Record Access Clearinghouse of Syracuse University, immigration agencies denied 86 percent of the applications for asylum during the period between September 2017 and September 2018. At least...
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The arrival of a large group of refugees at the Mexico border has prompted a call from President Trump for added funding for his planned border wall. Images of tear gas being used on immigrant children by U.S. Border Patrol officers reached the media provoked significant backlash against Trump’s policies and the implementation of those...
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Notice to Appear
New guidelines announced by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will present even greater obstacles for immigrants who are going through the legal process to remain in the United States. These rules are scheduled to go into effect on November 19, 2018, and will allow USCIS greater latitude in issuing Notices to Appear (NTAs)...
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Immigration Issues
With midterm elections just completed and some races still in dispute, the role of Cuban-Americans in determining the course of politics in Florida is on the rise. As Cuban-American children enter the voting pool, they are consistently voting along liberal lines. This represents a sharp contrast to the voting patterns exhibited by Cuban-Americans of the...
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Visa Application Process
Proposed changes to green card application processes have created concerns among legal immigrants living and working in the U.S. A proposal by the Trump administration could potentially prevent immigrants who use public services from qualifying for lawful permanent residence. This has created situations in which individuals who are legally entitled to Medicaid, Medicare, Section 8...
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Deportation Cases
A recent ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may provide real help for immigrants facing deportation proceedings. On June 21, 2018, the court made a ruling on Pereira v. Sessions that found that notices to appear in immigration proceedings must contain a date and time of appearance as well as a place at which to...
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Delays in the processing of H-1B visas could force many recent graduates of U.S. universities to return to their home countries or to face the prospect of unemployment and potential deportation along with a ban on entering the U.S. for three years. Despite the fact that these immigrants have done nothing wrong, the potential effects...
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Immigrants Detained
In what appears to be a joint effort by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), officials have been detaining and threatening deportation for individuals who show up for interviews regarding their marriages to U.S. citizens. These interviews are scheduled by USCIS and are required as part of the process...
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Immigrants Arrested
Decisions made by police officers in Miami-Dade County could have a chilling effect on the immigration status of individuals in our area. A policy established in 2015 allows law enforcement officials in the county to issue civil citations for those found in possession of small amounts of marijuana and other minor offenses. Instead, in tens...
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