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Employment immigration fraud situation ends in guilty plea

Many Florida companies hire immigrant workers from various countries of origin. U.S. immigration law is very specific when it comes to the rules regarding entering the United States to secure gainful employment. U.S. employers are also bound by strict protocol regarding applications for work visas and hiring non-citizen employees. An employer in another state has pleaded guilty to employment immigration fraud.

The man works as an executive who hires airline mechanics. He reportedly falsified documents used to secure green cards for some of his workers. The 45-year-old employer pleaded guilty to accepting over a half million dollars from approximately 85 immigrants as payment for helping them obtain permanent residency statuses.

Real estate disputes over quarry continue to rock civil relations

When two sides are directly opposed to each other concerning a central issue, it's often challenging to come to an amicable agreement. In fact, where real estate disputes in Florida are concerned, parties often seek third party assistance to address their problems in court. In a contentious situation that continue to escalates in another state, a company that is not happy about a lower court decision is asking the state's highest court to review the case.

The situation involves a particular large parcel of land that one company wishes to acquire to build a rock quarry. County officials are adamantly opposed to the idea, saying such a project would take away from the historical quaintness and significance of the town's atmosphere. The disagreement has been in litigation for six years now.

Citizenship main focus of celebration in another state

United States Chief District Judge Timothy M. Burgess recently presided over a very special ceremony in a northwestern state. Like similar celebrations held in Florida, the special gathering was held to honor many immigrants who have successfully navigated the process to citizenship. A spokesperson said it was the largest ceremony of its kind in that particular area.

At least 41 nations were represented when America's newest citizens were officially and publicly congratulated. One man who was present with his wife and children read a letter to the President of the United States to show his appreciation and gratitude. More than 150 citizen candidates took their oaths of allegiance at the ceremony.

Changes proposed for U.S. immigration law -- again

Many Florida families immigrated to the United States from other countries. Some say even though they arrived here under perfectly legal circumstances, they still live in fear that something will wrong that will cause threats to their statuses. Some Somali families on the West Coast may relate to those fears as they recently gathered and shared their worries about recent proposals to change U.S. immigration law.

The families gathered at a weekly conference that hosts refugees, naturalized citizens and other immigrants. At this particular meeting, about 60 people were present. They share food, help each other work through immigration challenges and offer encouragement and support to one another as they build lives in the United States.

From football to foreclosure: Former player facing dire situation

Many Florida readers may be NFL fans who are familiar with Lance Briggs. A former linebacker, Briggs is currently facing an unfortunate financial situation that just seems to keep getting worse. A lender has filed a foreclosure on a six bedroom mansion owned by Briggs, which appears to be only one of a slew of problems.

The mansion sits on an acre of property and was purchased by Briggs in 2008 for $2.3 million. A year later, he reportedly took out a $1.72 million mortgage on the home. In July of this year, the lender initiated foreclosure proceedings against the property. The house came back on the market that same month, after having been taken off a few months earlier.

Where to find answers to questions regarding U.S. immigration law

Whether you and your family arrived in Florida after fleeing imminent danger and extreme poverty in your country of origin, or you waited an extended time for a work visa or other documents allowing you to come to the United States to live, you may have faced many challenges in between your planning and arrival. In fact, many immigrants throughout the state are currently involved in very serious situations regarding U.S. immigration law. In some cases, statuses are at risk.

Living as a immigrant in a foreign land can be utterly terrifying at times. Language barriers and lack of legal understanding, and a great number of other issues, can make one's ability to function and build a successful life here seem very uncertain. If a particular incident occurs, such as getting pulled over in a traffic stop or having one's status called into question at work, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and worried, especially if you're unsure where to turn for help.

Real estate disputes often take a long time to resolve

A couple that lives in another state began building their home a handful of years ago. Included on their property was a little strip of land, leading to a river. Many local folks would come and go along the trail, as this particular river spot was a prime fishing area. A string of real estate disputes arose that may interest Florida readers currently facing similar problems.

The man and his wife say they didn't mind that people came there to fish, as local lore says others had been doing the same for thousands of years. What they did have a problem with, however, is that the people going to the river nowadays to fish were traveling by pickup truck, not as pedestrians. The couple put up a sign that said people were welcome, but not vehicles -- that is, unless a vehicle was being used to transport an elderly or disabled person.

What happens when U.S. immigration law and state law conflict?

Florida is home to many immigrants who came to the United States in search of better lives for themselves and their families. Many are able to fulfill their dreams of obtaining gainful employment, buying homes and building successful lifestyles here. Others, however, wind up facing serious challenges regarding U.S. immigration law, in particular those whose statuses are not secure.

One of the main issues that seems to worry many immigrations is threat of detention and possible removal. In fact, there's a contentious situation brewing in another state where a lawsuit has actually been filed against a regional jail, claiming jail officials are in violation of a 1987 state law that protects immigrants from being detained in state regional facilities based solely on their undocumented statuses. A spokesperson for the jail staunchly denied that the facility has done anything wrong.

Real estate disputes often involve millions of dollars

In a state north of Florida, there's a contentious battle occurring between two building owners. Real estate disputes like this one often necessitate repeated visits to courtrooms and are often very stressful. It appears this one may finally be over, however, as an appellate court has upheld a $3.9 million payout.

The payout is for legal fees the court says one building owner now owes the other due to a lawsuit. One owner claimed structural damage occurred on his building during construction on the adjacent building, owned by the other party. The court based its ruling on a contract the two building owners signed before construction got underway. This agreement specifically stated that the owner of the building going under construction would pay legal fees of the adjacent building owner if any legal problems arose regarding the project.

Basic information regarding adjustment of status in the U.S.

Florida, like just about every other state in the nation, is home to tens of thousands of immigrants. Many face significant challenges in their everyday lives, based on their immigration backgrounds. Some desire an adjustment of status (which may make their living situations less stressful) but aren't sure how to begin the process.

There are several basic things to remember regarding status adjustments in the United States. First of all, an immigrant must first prove eligibility to file an application to adjust his or her status. One of the main eligibility requirements is that the immigrant in question must have entered the United States legally. 

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