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Judge suspends deportations of immigrant families

Over the past few months the news has been full of immigrants who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The practice of separating families has not ended, but the legal battles continue. Recently reunited families have been deported immediately, leading to more traumatic events in the lives of immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S and family immigration.

A judge has suspended the deportations of recently reunited immigrant families. While the government continues to seek out parents for the children that were separated at the border, they also engaged in rapid deportations of reunited families. A U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of California has halted deportations and has asked the U.S. government to respond to the ACLU's request to give reunited families one week to decide whether they will leave their child in the U.S. to pursue asylum separately from their parents. The government argues that the rapid deportation after a family is reunited leads to more room in detention centers and allows more families to be reunited. There are still over 70 children who have not been reunited with their parents. The immigrants were facing asylum after dangerous and abysmal conditions in their home countries of mainly Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

High blood pressure medication recalled by FDA

Many Florida residents use prescription medication. The majority of the population will have at least one prescription they take daily at some point in their lives. They trust that the medication will be safe and effective and luckily most of the time this is the case. Unfortunately, unsafe drugs also are on the market and there are prescription drug recalls that occur.

A drug recall has recently occurred involving high blood pressure medication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a voluntary recall of several medications that include the ingredient called valsartan. Some of these drugs include an impurity called N-nitrosodimethylamine which is classified as a possible human carcinogen. Over 100,000,000 adults in the U.S. have high blood pressure, meaning this recall could include a great number of Americans. Those who are taking a medication that contains valsartan should contact their doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Trump administration expands list of reasons for deportation

Miami is home to a large immigrant community. Immigrants are weaved into every aspect of our society. They're parents, children and workers. They offer benefits for everyone in the Miami area and are an integral part of the community. The Trump administration has spent quite a bit of effort in dealing with immigration issues with new policies seeming to appear weekly. The latest U.S. immigration law issue deals with deportation.

The Trump administration has expanded the number of categories that can be used in order to deport someone. The new categories not only affect illegal immigrants, but also legal immigrants who lose their immigration benefits or status. The new categories are listed in the Notices to Appear, which are given to those who are ordered to appear in immigration court. The new categories are cases in which fraud or false representation are present, cases in which immigrants have misused public benefits, cases in which immigrants have been accused or convicted of a criminal offense and others.

Plastic surgery patient undergoing popular procedure dies

Plastic surgery is a popular procedure for many Miami residents. People undergo plastic surgery in order to help themselves look better, correct physical deformities, and bring back their physical appearance after an accident. One popular procedure, the Brazilian butt lift is under scrutiny after several patients have died after undergoing the procedure.

A popular surgical clinic in Miami, New Life, is under scrutiny yet again after at least 8 patients have died after undergoing the Brazilian butt lift procedure. Six of the patients died from fat clots that were in their heart or lungs and two patients have not had their autopsy results released. During the procedure doctors use a metal rod to suction fat out of the patient's body and is re-inserted into the patient's buttocks. The most recent patient who has died from the procedure at New Life was released about seven hours after underdoing the procedure and went to a friend's house to recover. That night she was rushed to Kendall Regional where she was placed on a ventilator and died three days later.

Don't navigate situations of employment immigration alone

Many people come to the Miami area and the U.S. for employment opportunities. There are also many employers across the United States who seek out qualified professionals from other countries to help with their business needs. Employment immigration issues surrounding these professionals can be complicated with many different visas available for foreign nationals who are here on a temporary or permanent basis.

Many companies in the United State employ foreign nationals. These can include multinational corporations, universities and other organizations. These professionals are important in academia as well as health care, information technology, manufacturing, and business investors.

Employment Authorization Documents being recalled

One of the main reasons people come to the U.S. from other countries is to work. There are many U.S. companies that hire people from other countries because of their expertise in certain areas. Recently, there has been a recall of employment authorizations that were issued, resulting in problems for foreign workers.

If a person was issued a U.S. work permit using form I-589, they may be asked to give them back. A printing mistake was made for those who were issued these cards in April and May and affect mostly workers who petitioned for political asylum and affected around 800 workers. Affected workers will receive new cards within a few weeks. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) states that these workers are still authorized to work in the U.S. This is the second recall in six weeks when over 8500 green cards were recalled in May because of incorrect dates.

Florida leads nation in fatal boating accidents

Many Florida residents enjoy spending time in area waters. With Florida surrounded by water and having several lakes, the water adventures are numerous. Most of the time people are able to enjoy the water safely, but occasionally a fatal boating accident occurs.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently released its annual report which highlighted the number of boating accidents in the state in 2017. The report showed that there was a 14 percent increase in boating accidents with 67 people who died. Florida leads the nation in both boating accidents and boating fatalities. Falls overboard are the leading type of fatal accident.

Miami republicans are against policy of separating families

Every year immigrants arrive at the U.S. border seeking a better life. These immigrants are from all over Central and South America and believe the U.S. is where their family will be better off. It is hard to find fault with this logic, as the U.S. has always been the country where immigrants have worked hard to pull themselves up from their bootstraps and work hard to make sure future generations will have a better life. Recent family immigration policies have created havoc on the border.

As we reported in recent blog postings here and here, immigrant children are being taken from their parents at the border. This atrocity is happening because the administration is enforcing a policy where children are sent to centers and placed in cages while their parents are sent to adult enforcement centers. The administration has defended this policy by saying they are using it as a deterrent to illegal immigration while many senators and representatives, including Miami republicans are condemning this policy by saying it is cruel. There are reports of children as young as infants being separated from their parents. Republicans are asking that any other option be implemented in order to not separate families and are quickly working on an immigration bill that will end the separation.

Landscapers on edge after recent immigration raids

Many Florida residents use landscape companies to make their yards an extension of their houses. People love to hang out in their yards and entertain friends, play with their kids, and just relax in nature. This is true for many Americans across the United States and summer is a particularly busy time for landscapers who are trying to keep up with their many clients. Many landscapers hire migrant workers to help them in their busy season, but a recent crackdown by the government is making them nervous for their employment immigration issues.

Landscaping companies in Ohio are dealing with recent immigration raids that is affecting landscapers throughout the United States. 114 workers were arrested because they did not have proper documentation. H2-B visas are used for temporary workers, like those who work landscaping. Landscapers rely on the H2-B visas more than many other industries and they need these workers to fill vacancies they are not able to fill using domestic workers. Employers say that these immigration crackdowns show that they are not able to find the labor they need on the H2-B visas they are offered.

Activists want to end separation of immigrant parents, children

Recent news stories are highlighting the reality that many immigrant families are facing. Children are being separated form their parents at the border. These unthinkable actions have led to many protests across the United States.

At least 600 children were removed from their parents last month as part of President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration. The children are taken away as a deterrent for illegal immigrants to cross the border. The parents are charged with illegal entry and sent to jail and the children are placed in shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services. Protesters say that these children are separated from their parents for weeks or months and even when their parents are released from jail they are placed in immigrant detention without their children. The administration is defending their policy because the immigrants are committing a crime.

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