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Am I Eligible for Obamas Executive Action On Immigration? 

Am I Eligible for Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration?  The eligibility requirements for Obamas executive action are complicated and in many cases, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  However, generally speaking, you WILL be eligible for Obama’s executive action if you: Entered the U.S. before the age of 16 and prior to January 1, 2010 (you may now be eligible under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program) Are not a priority for removal (see bullet point one), have been in the U.S. for at least five years, have children who on the date of announcement (20th November 2014) are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents, and present no other factors that would make a grant of deferred action inappropriate. Note: You will be assessed for eligibility on a case-by-case basis and will have to pass background checks Are a spouse or child of a U.S. citizen or...

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Am I Disqualified for Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration?

Am I Disqualified for Obama’s Executive Action on Immigration?  The aim of Obama’s executive action is to help more undocumented migrants to come forward and start “playing by the rules” without fear of deportation or being forced apart from their families.  Because of this, many existing rules and programs have been extended to include a broader class of migrant.  The rules are complicated and many cases are judged on a case-by-case basis. Generally speaking though, you will be disqualified from the executive action if you:  Pose a threat to National Security, are a convicted felon, are a gang member, or are an illegal entrant that was apprehended at the border. You may also be disqualified if you have been convicted of a significant or multiple misdemeanor(s), or entered the U.S. unlawfully after January 1, 2014 and were not apprehended at the border Entered the U.S. illegally after the age of...

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What Does Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Do?

What Does Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Do?  President Obama describes his executive action as “new steps to fix our broken immigration system”, but what does it actually do?  It’s estimated that there are 11.5 – 12 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. and as President Obama noted in his speech, these people do not pay U.S. taxes and therefore, do not contribute to the economy. In fact, they actually have a negative affect of the U.S. economy as they often accept lower-than-average wages, which creates unfair competition in the business world and often drives legitimate organisations out of business.  As President Obama put it, these undocumented immigrants are “reaping the rewards of living in America (i.e. the fruitful economy), without taking on the responsibilities of living in America (i.e. paying tax)”.  The problem is that many of these millions of undocumented immigrants are too scared to come forward for fear of...

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CLASS ACTION LAWSUITS; WHAT ARE THEY GOOD FOR?

People with small claims often never get their day in court, even if their case is a slam dunk. Imagine that you are overcharged for a good or service,  and the overcharge was only five dollars, or even $500.  Would you be willing to pay a lawyer $300 per hour to pursue your case?  Do you think a lawyer would take this case on a contingency fee? The obvious answer is no.  And, while a five dollar overcharge may not be meaningful to one person, when a big company overcharges tens of thousands of customers five dollars a month, it results in a huge windfall to the company.   This is not to say that all corporations are bad, and act with malicious intent.  But, when it happens, the only way to level the playing field, and give individuals with small damages their day in court, is through a class action...

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Wites & Kapetan Pro Bono Work For The Miramar High School Football Team

Wites & Kapetan Pro Bono case

Wites & Kapetan has a soft spot youth football.  Some of you might remember  when we helped a group of 9-year old players that were denied the right to play on their team a couple years ago. Yesterday, we had the honor to represent the Miramar High School Football Team in Court. The School Board ended their season on November 12, 2014 by not allowing the entire team to play in the state championship playoffs based on unproven allegations against just a few players made by a former coach. We took the case on the morning of November 14, 2014, pro bono, and by noon filed a complaint and emergency motion for injunctive relief. We were in court by 3:30 p.m. before Judge Jack Tuter of The Broward County Circuit Court. Judge Tuter granted us, and held, a very fair hearing, and did a great job. Although he did not...

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Introducing Our New Wites & Kapetan Website

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 Wites & Kapetan, P.A. is pleased to announce the release of our new website, designed with a fresh new look and updated with the latest information about our practice areas, accomplishments, and tremendous staff. Among the changes, you’ll find new photographs, and testimonials from our past clients. We continue to focus our practice on the representation of injured persons and their families in personal injury and wrongful death actions, class actions, investment fraud, consumer debt relief and immigration. We are also now utilizing our many years of experience battling insurance companies to by representing homeowner’s in property damage claims against homeowner’s insurance carriers. We also redesigned our blog, and made it easier for you to follow us on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn. Although our website is new, our mission and philosophy remain the same. We use our best efforts to obtain the best possible results...

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