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Qué hace la Acción Ejecutiva sobre inmigración del Presidente Obama?

Qué hace la Acción Ejecutiva sobre inmigración del Presidente Obama? What Does Obama’s Executive Action On Immigration Do?  El Presidente Obama describe su acción ejecutiva como los “nuevos pasos para arreglar nuestro quebrantado sistema de inmigración”, pero qué hace extamente? Se estima que existen aproximadamente entre 11.5 a 12 millones de inmigrantes ilegales viviendo en los Estados Unidos y como el Presidente Obama lo señaló en su discurso, estas personas no pagan impuestos a los Estados Unidos y por lo tanto, no contribuyen a la economía. De hecho, tienen un efecto negative a la economía de los Estados Unidos debido...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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Passage of Senate Immigration Bill Signals Dramatic Shift in Future US Immigration Policy

United States immigration reform took a major step on June 27, when the US Senate passed a bill that would greatly expand opportunities for immigrants seeking entry and lawful permanent residence in the United States.  The bill is called the “Border Security Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act,” and has since been passed to the House of Representatives for consideration.  The bill is the creation of a group of seven U.S. senators that includes both Democrats and Republicans, including Florida’s Marco Rubio.  If passed by the House, the bill would create a system for undocumented immigrants currently living in the...

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Some Immigrants with Temporary Protected Status May Soon Be Eligible to Apply for Lawful Permanent Residency

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders who entered the United States illegally may now be eligible to ad adjust their status to “Lawful Permanent Resident” (LPR), according to a recent groundbreaking decision by a United States Court of Appeals.  The decision serves as a stunning departure from previous Unites States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy requiring TPS holders to first leave the United States before applying for LPR status, a process complicated by potential ten year bars from re-entry and additional obstacles facing those immigrants with previously unlawful presence in the country.  Attorney Ryan Korsunsky of Wites & Kapetan believes...

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Mitt Romney’s Loss Is Comprehensive Immigration Reform’s Gain

By: Marc A. Wites, Wites & Kapetan, P.A. In recent years legal status, and an eventual pathway to citizenship, for millions of hard working illegal immigrants has been repeatedly blocked by the conservative wing of the Republican Party.  Even when President George W. Bush attempted to overhaul the United State’s immigration policy with the proposed Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, his efforts were blocked by his fellow republicans in Congress.  However, with the re-election of President Barack Obama, who won 71% of the Latino vote, the Republicans are changing their tune. On NBC’s Meet the Press, Democratic Senator Charles...

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Preliminary Information For Deferred Action For Child Arrivals

Lighthouse Point, Florida – As the August 15, 2012 implementation date of the new “DREAM” regulations for Deferred Action for Child Arrivals approaches, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced preliminary information concerning the process.  Applicants, including individuals already in removal proceedings, individuals with final orders of removal, and individuals who have had no contact with USCIS, will be able to file for deferred action on or after August 15, 2012. USCIS has announced the following procedures: A form will be made available that has been created specifically for the purpose of submitting requests for deferral; Applications should not be submitted...

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$5,000 Dream Scholarships for Students

Every penny counts when it comes to saving for tuition, books and living expenses at America’s colleges, universities and technical schools.  For several outstanding students of South and Central American heritage, the dream of a higher education will soon be a little easier thanks to Wites & Kapetan.  The immigration law firm, which was founded in 2001 and has long supported the Brazilian and Hispanic communities, just announced the launch of its Dream Scholarship, which will award $5,000 in scholarships to Brazilian and Hispanic students. The Wites & Kapetan Dream Scholarship is named for the proposed Dream Act, after which President Obama modeled the...

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Obama Enacts Dream Act Immigration Law

President Barack Obama announced his issuance of an Executive Order which will provide relief to potentially hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the United States illegally, and through no fault of their own. Under the new program to be administered through the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“U.S.C.I.S”) qualifying individuals may apply for deferred deportation action for two years, subject to renewal. Many of its provisions mirror those in the proposed “Dream Act” which Senate Republicans blocked in 2010, but which remains a prominent item on the President’s agenda. President Obama explained that the new policy was intended...

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