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October 2013 Archives

"Red Card" program proposed to deal with foreign labor shortage

While some in Miami may be angered at the thought of illegal immigrants being employed in the U.S. while the country deals with overall high unemployment numbers, they often don’t realize that many areas of commerce have come to rely on foreign-born workers for their survival. Industries such as construction and agriculture employ a significant amount of these workers, yet restrictions in the number of employment visas and green cards often require them to either employ illegals or risk being unable to field an adequate workforce.

Same-sex couple gets recommendation for marriage-based green card

One in Miami may wonder in what circumstances the issues of same-sex marriage and immigration would combine, but that's been one of the surprising consequences of the Supreme's Court's decision to rule against the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) earlier this year. Prior to the ruling, the DOMA didn't allow the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in determining the immigration status for a foreign-born spouse. Yet since the Supreme Court's decision, the trend amongst federal agencies has been to now extend benefits to same sex-couples.

Florida focusing on new noncitizen voter purge plan for 2013

Part of the democratic process that makes it so appealing is the chance to have a say in one’s own governance. For many that may represent a significant departure from the governing philosophies of the countries from where they immigrated. Yet to enjoy this privilege to vote in local, state, and national elections, U.S. citizenship is a minimum requirement. Those currently here without taking advantage of this opportunity are denying themselves that privilege of having their voice heard by their representatives.

Immigration reform supporters making plans to take to the streets

It’s estimated that there are over 12 million immigrants currently living in Miami and elsewhere across the United States illegally. The current status of these immigrants and their future naturalization prospects have long been at the heart of the immigration debate going on amongst lawmakers. Almost all involved in the discussion agree that the current U.S. immigration policy needs reform, yet the path to citizenship for illegals seems to be major stumbling block to the passage of any proposed legislation. Such a bill was passed in the Senate last year, but stalled in the House as GOP representatives disagreed with the proposed reforms regarding illegals. Similar legislation drafted by Congressional Democrats also seems unlikely to win supporters on the other side of the aisle.

Woman faces few options to avoid deportation back to Germany

For those hoping to immigrate, work, and establish a life in Miami or in other areas across the United States, an immigrant visa is the key to making that happen. While obtaining such a visa presents a clear the path to one establishing permanent residency, it can be much more difficult and costly to be approved for one compared to a non-immigrant visa. Should one who is already in the U.S. fail to meet the strict requirements for getting an immigrant visa, they could face deportation to their country of origin.

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