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Immigrant children still being separated from their parents

Those who are seeking refuge in the United States have faced tremendous hardship just to get here and then agony at the border. The recent political climate has not helped and there are countless stories of immigrants at the border having their children taken from them.

A recent article in the New York Times estimates that more than 700 children have been taken from their parents since October. Over 100 of these children are under the age of 4. The Department of Homeland Security says that the children are removed if the parents cannot be verified or if they think the children are in danger. But, Trump officials have been toying with the idea of closing family detention facilities and replacing them with shelters that only hold adults and those that only hold children. This may be a way to deter families migrating into the country. The children who are removed at the border are placed in shelters run by organizations. The organizations try to find relatives of the children in the U.S., but many of these children remain in custody indefinitely.

Proposed constitutional amendment about immigration under attack

Florida is a state that is full of immigrants from many countries. These immigrants are the backbone of many Florida businesses and are relied upon to keep their operations going. A constitutional amendment proposal regarding immigration status has recently emerged that many people will be watching.

The state Constitution Revision Commission is expected to consider putting a proposed constitutional amendment regarding immigration status on the ballot in November. The proposed constitutional amendment would require Florida businesses to verify the employment status of their new employees using E-Verify. Many businesses, including cruise line officials, agricultural interests and former pro basketball players are asking for this amendment to be halted. They believe the proposal is anti-immigration and highly flawed.

Dozens arrested in Florida immigration sting

Many people in the Miami area are from another country. Immigrants are the backbone of Florida's economy and are valuable members of society. With recent political tension, immigrants are feeling singled out in their daily lives.

A recent raid on a Florida business by the Department of Homeland Security resulted in 28 people being arrested. The raid on a tent rental company in Fort Pierce occurred in the morning with the officials placing dozens on a bus and asking for their immigration documents. At this time it appears many of these immigrants lacked proper documentation and are now in custody.

Children's product recalls increase

Parents in Miami know how many different products their children need. From birth, children need places to sleep, strollers and toys, among many other things. Most of the time these products are safe, but occasionally a product comes out that is unsafe and a recall is required.

The number of recalled children's products increased in 2017 over 22 percent from 2016. There were 93 children's products recalled, with 153 injuries reported. Large numbers of recalled items include plates and bowls, strollers and dry erase boards. Advocates believe manufacturers need to step up their safety measures as the number of recalled products has not decreased. Manufacturers also need to respond more quickly to reports of their product being dangerous.

President Trump declares an end to DACA

There are thousands of residents of the Miami area who are DACA recipients. These young people have established a life for themselves in the United States following their entry to the country as a young person. But, recently, President Trump made a change to this immigration policy.

President Trump recently sent out a tweet that he will not be making a DACA deal with Congress. He tweeted that the immigration situation is getting more dangerous and "caravans" are coming from countries to our south. Up until this time, President Trump had appeared to be open to a DACA deal and his announcement has surprised many in the immigrant community. He is also threatening to remove Mexico from the NAFTA trade agreement. This announcement may be because of President Trump's belief that Congress is not giving enough money for a border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Elderly may lose caregivers if immigration plan goes into effect

There are many elderly people who reside in Florida. This population often requires special care in regard to their health and day to day tasks. The people who help the elderly population are often immigrants and may be affected by the recent immigration issues that are plaguing the United States.

There is a national shortage of nursing staff to care for the elderly population. Personal care attendants, home health aides, and certified nursing assistants have hard jobs that provide a lot of care for the people who need it most. A large number of these professionals are immigrants. An MIT professor believes that if chain migration is ended in the United States, that there will be a serious impact on health workers.

Johnson & Johnson reaches settlement for faulty medical device

When a person goes to their doctor with a medical problem and their doctor recommends a procedure that involves a medical device, the patient assumes this device will improve their life. Most of the time this is the case, but occasionally a medical device causes more harm than good.

Johnson & Johnson has been facing thousands of lawsuits in regards to a medical device they produced for pelvic prolapse. The Prolift mesh implant was used in many surgeries for women who have a pelvic floor disorder. For many women, the implant caused unexpected and severe injuries. A woman and her husband filed a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson and recently received a $35 million settlement for her injuries.

Understanding family immigration options

Immigration matters are important and sometimes emotional concerns for families and their loved ones. It is understandable that immigrants and others seek to be reunited with their families. Because of the importance of immigration matters, families should understand the immigration process, including as it relates to citizens and residents.

In general, citizens of the United States can petition for family members, including spouses, parents, children and siblings, to become permanent residents. This process also allows them to start along the path to citizenship. Depending on the circumstances, there are a variety of different visa types for family members of U.S. citizens. Different types of visas include those for immediate relatives, fiancée visas and family members according to level of preference based on relation to the family member.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual citizenship?

It can be very advantageous for an immigrant to move from their home country to the United States. As the U.S. is the land of opportunities, many come to America for work opportunities and to start fresh. However, when a foreign national is not leaving their home country because they are seeking asylum or refuge, he or she may want to keep ties with their home country. In this situation, an immigrant might seek to maintain their citizenship with their home country while obtaining citizenship of the U.S.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of dual citizenship? To begin, dual citizenship should be understood. This is when a person is a citizen of two countries. This is sometimes referred to as dual nationality, as it sometimes automatically occurs. Situations that give rise to automatic dual citizenship include when a child is born in the U.S. to foreign parents or when a child is born in another country with one parent being a citizen of the U.S. and the other parent being a citizen of the country the child is born in.

Man killed in car accident involving Miami police

Most drivers in Miami probably believe when they are out driving that they will safely make it to their destination. Most of the time this is the case. But, occasionally a serious car accident occurs that leads to injuries or even a death. In these cases, a family may want to explore a wrongful death case.

According to news reports, a man was recently killed when he was hit by two Miami-Dade police officers. The victim was driving south on Southwest 147th Avenue when the police car that was driving west on 260th Street hit him. The police car failed to stop at a stop sign and did not have the lights or siren on. The victim was returning home from his work at a local bakery.

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