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Understanding defects in warnings

When we buy products, we expect them to work as they are intended. One would not be happy if they bought a blender and it did not blend food. While malfunctions could be the cause of a product not working properly, it could also be due to defects. When consumers in Florida hear the word defect, they likely think of design and manufacturing defects. However, products could become dangerous because of defects in warnings.

Purchased products likely come in a box or at least have some form of paperwork that comes with it. Whether it is on the actual box or a pamphlet included inside the box or with the item, there are many things written on these items. One of them is a warning section. When consumers are provided these warnings, though, they must be done in a certain manner.

Food recalls increasing

Miami consumers believe the food they eat will be safe. Food supply in the United States is usually safe, but a new report shows that bacteria-related food recalls is increasing.

In 2017, there was the largest number of food and beverage recalls in the United States in five years. Food products recalled by the FDA rose over 92 percent since 2012 and the Department of Agriculture recalled more than 83 percent more food in the same time period. The main two causes of the recalls include bacterial infections and undeclared allergens.

Is merit-based immigration a good option for Miami?

President Trump recently gave his State of the Union address. Within the speech, he mentioned his new immigration plan, merit-based immigration. What does this mean for Miami immigrants?

President Trump has been working to change the immigration in the United States since he became president. In his State of the Union address he said that he would like to change the immigration system from family reunification to basing it on individual qualifications. This merit system would favor immigrants who are educated and speak English, likely leaving those behind who are less educated and cannot speak English, like many farm workers and hotel workers. Those who are opposed to a merit-based system said that it is against workers that are needed in the U.S., including construction and agricultural workers.

Helping establish permanent residency or citizenship for family

It is not always the case that a family can emigrate to the U.S. together. In some situations, a spouse has to relocate to the United States for a job, intending to have their family join them later on. While this plan might seem solid initially, many families face immigration problems when attempting to reunite with a family member who is currently a permanent resident or is now a U.S. citizen.

Dealing with a family immigration issues can be complex and emotional. All you want is to be reunited with your family; however, there are many hurdles to overcome to ensure this can happen. At Kurzban Kurzban Weinger Tetzeli & Pratt, P.A., out experienced attorneys understand the ins and outs of this process. We have helped countless families reunite and establish permanent residency or citizenship in the United States. Thus, we are prepared to help other in the Miami are accomplish the same endeavors.

What should you do if confronted by immigration officials?

With so much anti-immigration sentiment across Florida and the United States, those who are immigrants in the United States may be feeling anxious lately. There are many people who are worried about immigration raids at their place of employment or other area they frequently visit. If a person is stopped by an immigration and naturalization service official there are certain things they should keep in mind.

There have been many recent accounts in Florida of immigration raids. These accounts are making immigrants nervous that they may be next. Immigration officials have the authority to board any vessel within the United States and any vehicle within 100 miles of a land or sea border, which is the entire state of Florida.

DACA immigrants waiting for word on any kind of deal

Immigrants in Miami have been feeling like they are under siege over the last year. With the new administration in place, immigration issues have been at the forefront. One of the most affected parties by the immigration discussions have been the over 800,000 immigrants who are in the US through DACA.

The federal government recently shut down and the major sticking point was Congress not reaching a deal over DACA. President Trump vowed to end legal status to those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals in September, putting thousands of immigrants at risk for deportation. Congress has been negotiating the DACA status and have tied it to the federal budget which has resulted in a shutdown. Miami Representative Mario Diaz-Balart believes that an agreement on DACA is still possible, but President Trump wants to tie DACA to building a border wall with Mexico and ending the process of the family reunification program which he calls "chain migration".

What is the removal process?

Because immigrants come to the U.S. for a specific purpose, it is often devastating when hey are faced with deportation. This process can be initiated for a variety of reasons, including illegal immigration. However, there are other reasons, such as violating the terms of a visa and committing a serious crime that could cause an immigrant lawfully in the states to be deported. If an individual is set to be deported, he or she will be formally removed for the United States.

What is the removal process? The Executive Office for immigration Review or EOIR oversees the court proceeding. The firs step of the process is a removal hearing. This is conducted to determine whether or not an individual is subject to removal from the U.S. and is begun when the Department of Homeland Security files a Notice to Appear with the immigration court.

Helping our clients with the asylum process

Miami is home to a large number of immigrants. Many times, these immigrants are seeking a better life in the United States. When a person is seeking asylum in the United States, they may have legal questions.

People who are seeking asylum in the United States are leaving their home countries where they may be persecuted. The United States has various rules regarding asylum seekers but in general a person needs to have a "credible fear of persecution." An asylum officer will need to find that the person seeking asylum has a significant possibility of being tortured or persecuted if they remain in their home country because of their race, religion, gender, nationality, or political opinion.

Special immigrant status for thousands of Salvadorans has ended

Many immigrants in the Miami area have been on high alert recently because of political activities in Washington. Recently, the Trump administration made changes to the Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for Salvadorans.

In 2001, 200,000 immigrants from El Salvador were allowed to work and live legally in the United States because of the earthquakes that displaced more than a million people. The immigrants were given a Temporary Protective Status. The U.S. government announced that they will be ending this program and that individuals will lose their status by September 2019 and face deportation. The U.S. government believes that El Salvador has recovered from the earthquakes. Those who have married U.S. citizens can apply for new protections but they have to be here legally. Many of these immigrants have built a new life for themselves in the U.S. and have started families and businesses.

Tough stance on illegal immigration impacts legal immigration

During the most recent election, most Americans in Florida and elsewhere understand the now President's stance on immigration. Talks about the wall and being hard or illegal immigration has caused some concerns for immigrants currently in the U.S. as well as those seeking to enter the United States as tourists or for business.

According to recent reports, the Trump administration's strong approach on their immigration agenda has been noticeable when it comes to attacking illegal immigration in the country. The number of arrests of undocumented aliens has increased and travel from majority-Muslim countries to the U.S. has been almost completely barred. Unfortunately, their strong stance on illegal immigration has impacted legal immigration as well.

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