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Immigration can improve business and bolster economic growth

Immigration reform is generating strong opinions from both sides of the political spectrum. While some of the debate has evolved around protecting jobs on U.S. soil, immigration reform is also necessary to address the crackdown on undocumented workers which is already hurting the farming industry. Attacking this population of the workforce is likely to spread to other industries, including construction.

Path for Cubans immigrating to US still a challenge

Cubans seeking a path to immigration may not find it any easier, despite immigration policy changes by the Cuban regime. Though Cuba has made it easier for citizens to leave the country, it doesn't mean that citizens can simply board a plane and head to the United States. Cuban tourists still need permission from the U.S. government to enter the states legally. Currently, there is a multi-year wait for an immigration visa.

Fear and politics slow deferred plan for young immigrants

According to recent reports, less than 15 percent of young immigrants have applied for Obama's deferred action plan that would allow them to remain in the country for two years with the possibility of obtaining a work permit. Of the 1.3 million young immigrants who would qualify for the plan that took effect in August, 100,000 of these potential applicants reside in Florida.

Decline in immigrant entrepreneurship damaging to U.S. economic growth

A decline in immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States is threatening to slow economic recovery and long-term growth. According to reports, the proportion of new companies founded by foreigners has declined. Where previous decades showed a boom in immigrant entrepreneurship, the current statistics show that the trends are changing, posing a threat to U.S. competitiveness in the world economy.

ICE mistakenly deports man to Honduras then helps him return to U.S.

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported a South Florida man to Honduras, he thought he would not be able to return to the United States to his family or his 5-year-old daughter. According to this family, the ICE then revoked it's decision and is now making efforts to help him return.

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