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Immigration Reform News and How Crimes Affect Immigrants

Immigration Reform News and How Crimes Affect Immigrants

Possible Backing for Immigration Reform? Speaker of the House John A. Boehner gave a new hope for Immigration reform advocates, indicating interest to review and perhaps even embrace a series of changes to Immigration, however limited it may be. The 1st indication was when Mr. Boehner hired Rebecca Tallent, a longtime immigration adviser to Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who has long backed broad immigration changes. Mr. Boehner remains opposed to a single, comprehensive bill like the Senate-passed measure that would tighten border security, increase legal immigration and offer an eventual path to American citizenship for an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants. With this in mind, immigration activists are still hopeful that politics may ultimately lead Mr. Boehner to ignore conservative voices who oppose a path to citizenship. “The… […]

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Undocumented Immigrants and the Cost Of Deportation

Undocumented Immigrants and the Cost Of Deportation

Speaker of the House John Boehner announced this week that there will be no formal talks held this year addressing the immigration reform passed by the Senate over the summer. Under the proposed immigration reform, the Senate bill would tighten border security and provide a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants living in the country illegally. With immigration reform legislation on hold, US criminal policy may have already disqualified thousands of nonviolent deportees. The US government now brings federal criminal charges against undocumented immigrants at an exponentially higher rate than it did 10 years ago, according to a Human Reports Watch Human Rights Watch released in May of 2013. In addition, the report provides the following statistics: ¨      Between 2002 and 2012, the number of people charged with… […]

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Illegal Immigrants and Deportation Process

Illegal Immigrants and Deportation Process

Three Haitians and three Jamaicans are in custody this morning, suspected of trying to enter the country illegally coming ashore on the beach near Tequesta, reports U.S. Border Patrol officials. And reports from the scene indicate three more people are being questioned by authorities. So far those in custody include one Haitian woman, two Haitian men and three Jamaicans. The first reports of suspected illegal immigrants came in 2 a.m. But authorities have worked through the morning to find others who might be walking in the area. Their arrival comes a day after a teenage girl died and nine others, all Haitians, were taken into custody after authorities say they were smuggled to the waters off Palm Beach, likely from the Bahamas. Source Undocumented Immigrants Undocumented immigrants is a title… […]

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Deportation and Recent Changes in Immigration

Deportation and Recent Changes in Immigration

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. —Anti-virus software founder John McAfee said U.S. authorities have made no efforts to question since he arrived in Miami on Wednesday night after weeks of evading Belizean authorities who want to question him in the death of his neighbor. “Why would they want to question me, about what?” a tired-looking but jauntily dressed McAfee said Thursday from the steps of his South Beach hotel. McAfee was deported from Guatemala after sneaking in illegally from Belize, where police want to question him in connection with the death of a U.S. expatriate who lived near him on an island off Belize’s coast. U.S officials said there was no active arrest warrant for McAfee that would justify taking him into custody. He said he was put on a plane to… […]

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Immigrant Charged With A Crime

Immigrant Charged With A Crime

Being arrested or convicted of a crime can certainly affect your current immigration status. It can reduce the chances of obtaining a work visa or citizenship, and can increase the risk of deportation, especially for those currently in the U.S. without any legal documentation. Individuals attempting to immigrate to the United States may be denied entrance if they have been arrested or convicted of a crime. All arrests and convictions in the U.S. are entered into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), a federal database containing criminal records. An arrest will appear in the NCIC computer if the person was fingerprinted and photographed by a law enforcement officer, or a law enforcement officer ordered the person to accompany him or her against the suspect’s will. Even if the arrest did… […]

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Record Number of Illegal Immigrant Deportations

Record Number of Illegal Immigrant Deportations

Immigration is a tricky subject. If you are an immigrant, legal or illegal, and you are accused of a serious crime, you could be facing potential deportation. Regardless of your legal status you need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately. This is the only chance you have at staying in this country. The law does not take immigration lightly and while there is momentum in changing immigration legislation, for now, being an illegal or even legal immigrant can be a precarious thing. Possible Immigrants Land on Shore There are so many stories about the coast guard catching speed boats racing towards our shores carrying loads of people entering our country illegally. Recently, nine people were taken into custody late Thursday as a result of a possible immigrant landing… […]

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What is Immigration Marriage Fraud?

What is Immigration Marriage Fraud?

Potential fraudulent marriages, also known as sham marriages, are under intense scrutiny by the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The USCIS targets couples the organization is suspicious of getting married specifically so the foreign national spouse can obtain a permanent residence. The USCIS has stated that over a third of the permanent resident petitions resulting from marriage are in fact, sham marriages. The government will generally scrutinize marriages that bode suspicion and intensely interview the couple. Bona Fide Marriage vs. Fraudulent Marriage According to the law, a bona fide marriage is considered a marriage entered into with the goal of creating a true marital relationship. If the government suspects that the marriage was created with the intention to acquire immigration benefits, then the marriage will be investigated and the… […]

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How Dangerous is Illegal Immigration in Florida?

How Dangerous is Illegal Immigration in Florida?

A report released in early February denotes that there are about 825,000 illegal immigrants in the state of Florida. That number has declined sharply since 2007, when the number of illegal immigrants amounted to about 1.05 million. The decrease might be a result from the Coast Guards’ increased efforts along the shores of South Florida. Even though the number is decreasing, there are still a significant number of illegal immigrants making it through the South Florida coastline. The Dangers of Smuggling Illegal Immigrants According to an article in WPTV News, the Coast Guard rescued a group of people whose boat capsized Tuesday morning. Chief Warrant Officer James Mullinax says it happened 17 miles east of the Riviera Beach coastline. The Coast Guard warned the group that they didn’t have their… […]

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How Illegal Immigrants Are Caught

How Illegal Immigrants Are Caught

Many immigrants that come ashore are able to slip past the U.S. Coast Guard. Haitians and Cubans that arrive by boat all take a huge risk to get to American soil, upon arrival, they could be detained and most likely deported back to their home countries. How Illegal Immigrants Are Caught If an immigrant is able to evade the coast guard, he or she is still at risk of being caught. In many circumstances, witnesses are the ones who report immigrants. For example, four undocumented migrants from Haiti were arrested early this morning in Ocean Ridge according to the Ocean Ridge Police Department. A witness called in around 1:00 a.m. this morning saying there were anywhere from 10 to 20 people who had come ashore. Police are continuing to look… […]

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Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Who Can Help After Illegal Immigration and Marijuana Trafficking Charges

Even though I have written an extensive amount of articles on pain pills and how illegal use of prescription drugs is becoming the most prevalent drug problem in south Florida, Marijuana is still a haughty front-runner for drug crimes. According to a recent article in WPTV News, five undocumented migrants arrived on shore Sunday morning in southern St. Lucie County close to Jensen Beach. They were apprehended and had possession of two duffel bags that contained about 110 pounds of marijuana. A 911 call around 7 a.m. reported the suspects were seen near the Courtyard by Marriott hotel. They were seen dripping with water and carrying the two duffel bags. There were five adults including two Jamaican men and one woman; one Haitian man; and a Bahamian man. The federal… […]

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