Our immigration law attorneys at Kurzban, Kurzban, Weinger, Tetzeli and Pratt, P.A., are prepared to help individuals in Florida who are facing possible deportation from the United States. Whether your case involves criminal convictions or allegations of immigration law violations, we are ready to put our extensive knowledge of immigration defense strategy to work in an effort to help you stay in the country.
Florida residents may have heard of the term Temporary Protected Status used by immigration officials when a country has been struck by a natural disaster or an armed conflict has broken out. The designation is issued to a foreign country by the Secretary of Homeland Security when it would be unsafe for its citizens to return home or conditions are such that their return would be impractical.
Since Florida is a popular destination for immigrants, it is imperative that employers keep tabs on the legal status of those individuals who are working for them. The state's immigration law statutes make several requirements of employers when it comes to verification and storage of workers' data.
Florida could be one of the states that is most impacted by one of the immigration changes introduced by the Obama administration. Some people who are trying to come to the United States to flee from persecution in other countries may now find that process easier, even if they have provided some support to terrorist groups in the past. The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security are now taking the position that people who have given support to terrorists won't be automatically prevented from coming to the U.S.
Some Florida immigrants who have not received residency status and fear driving without a license or being discovered by immigration officials have hope through Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. This federal program allows some individuals to receive a work permit, eligibility for a driver's license and a two-year exemption from potential deportation. The fee for the application is $465, which has deterred some potential applicants, and the time that it takes to process the applications varies.
A recent news article offers Florida residents insights into U.S. immigration law. In a written opinion issued on Dec. 30, a federal judge said that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency's reluctance to comply with court orders to release documents made it look like it was trying to conceal wrongdoing.
There have been a variety of attempts around the country, from Florida to southern California, to revive immigration reform as a bill offering a path to citizenship languishes in the House. Some of these efforts have been rather creative in making the point.
Optimism is high among bipartisan lawmakers that on Oct. 2, an agreement could be reached regarding immigration reform, in spite of the recent government shutdown. House Democratic Caucus members are expected to be announcing immigration reform plans, but there is little likelihood that House Republican leaders will agree with their plans.
As readers of our blog have seen from past posts, immigration law can interact with a wide range of legal practice areas. From criminal to family law, the complexities of intermixing laws can often mean drawn out litigation and conflicting rulings. This can get particularly complicated when employment law is thrown into the mix.
The international rights group Human Rights Watch has issued a new report that says female migrant and seasonal farm workers are highly vulnerable to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The research shows that women working in the agricultural sector nationwide are subject to abuses, such as rape, stalking, fondling, unwanted touching and vulgar language. The human rights group is asking Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to reform laws and rules to protect migrant farm workers from such abuses.