In recent years it has become tragically common for unaccompanied children to travel thousands of miles from Central America to the Florida and other places in the U.S. to flee oppression or rejoin family members in America. When they arrive, many are arrested and face deportation hearings -- without the assistance of an attorney. A lawsuit filed in Washington State seeks to change that, and argues children facing deportation have the right to be represented by an attorney when they appear in immigration court.
For many immigrants in the Miami area, permanent residency and citizenship are dreams they have pursued for many years. Others want to come to the U.S. to join family members who are already here. Still others simply want to work or study in the U.S. for a few years before returning to their homelands. Whatever people's goals in coming to the U.S., it is essential to understand their rights and obligations under U.S. immigration law.
It is not uncommon for foreign students to study in the United States. Whether an immigrant student is working on an undergraduate, Masters or professional degree in Florida, the student might seek to make an income while studying. While some academic programs are strict about employment during an exchange program, others promote it so the student could gain experience and the possibility to work in the U.S. following graduation.
While residents in Florida are under the general impression that the consumer goods that they use on a daily basis are safe, the unfortunate reality is that some harmful and defective goods enter the retail market. A dangerous or defective product could injure or impact the health and well being of a consumer; therefore, it is important that steps are put in place to signal that a product should be recalled -- or pulled from the market and corrected.
Many couples and individuals in the Miami area seek to expand their family; however, not everyone is able to have children naturally. Therefore, families frequently turn to adoption when conception and a surrogate is not a viable option. While domestic adoptions are possible, these can be difficult to secure. Therefore, international adoptions are frequently used. While these adoption proceedings are common in the United States, parents intending to adopt a child from a foreign nation should understand that an immigrant visa is necessary to allow their child to immigrate to the U.S. and obtain citizenship.
Florida residents spend a lot of time in their cars. Many people simply trust that auto manufacturers have done everything reasonably possible to make vehicles safe. Unfortunately, as word of one automobile recall after another hits the news, it becomes clear that many vehicles have hidden defects that render them unsafe.
Many immigrants in Florida were closely watching as two bills were introduced in the State Legislature recently. The two bills would have significantly increased the penalties for undocumented immigrants, prohibited Florida cities from declaring themselves sanctuaries for immigrants and would have required local law enforcement authorities to work with federal agencies in enforcing U.S. immigration law.