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Workplace accident kills one worker at Epcot

There are some Miami area residents who have jobs that can be considered dangerous at times. Although anyone can potentially be involved in a fatal workplace accident, there are certain occupations which can be considered more dangerous than others.

A construction worker was recently killed in a tragic accident at Epcot Park. First responders were called to the park for what was referred to as an industrial accident. The construction worker had fallen and was pronounced dead at the scene. The man worked for a local rental company and no additional details have been released regarding the tragic event.

U.S. planning to close two dozen immigration field offices

Immigrants are common in Miami and are involved in every aspect of the Florida economy. One in four children in the U.S. have parents who are immigrants. Those who are immigrants understand how difficult the immigration system can be. A recent announcement is worrying those in the immigration field about a plan to close immigration offices.

As our blog has mentioned, the backlog of immigration cases in the U.S. continues to grow. A recent plan announced by the federal government has immigration professionals worried that the immigration workload will get even worse. The federal government has plans to close nearly two dozen international field offices for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department. USCIS says they are discussing whether to close these offices and move the workload to other offices in the U.S., saying that the move will save millions each year. This could be bad news for immigrants who have immigration tasks to complete. They understand that these issues are taking months and even years to process and include almost all aspects of immigration in the U.S., including visa requests, international adoptions and green card applications. Immigration experts are worried that the closing of these international USCIS offices will make the backlog even worse.

Coolers being recalled after Pompano Beach boy is trapped

Parents in the Miami area know how their children always seem to be getting into mischief. Most of the time the kids may be naughty but they are not in any danger. Product manufacturers understand the importance of making their merchandise safe for everyone but occasionally an accident occurs that causes a product recall of a dangerous product.

A 5-year-old Pompano Beach boy was recently involved in a serious incident. The boy was playing a hide-and-go seek game and thought he had found an excellent hiding place inside a 72-quart-cooler that was on his back deck. The boy brought the lid down and it latched and trapped him inside. Luckily his family realized what had happened and rushed to his aid. The manufacturer of the cooler, Igloo, has recalled 4 models of the marine cooler in an effort to prevent anyone else from being trapped.

Migrant border crossings continue to rise

There are many ways in which immigrants enter the U.S. Whether by boat, airplane or by foot at the border, immigrants continue to come into the U.S. There are many in the Miami area who are immigrants or whose relatives were immigrants. Despite government efforts, the numbers of immigrants entering the U.S. continues to rise.

In February, 76,000 people were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border. This is the highest number in 11 years and were mainly unaccompanied minors and families. Most of the immigrants were not trying to sneak in the country, but actually went through a border crossing and sought out an agent in order to apply for asylum. Many of these immigrants are from poor countries and are trying to enter the U.S. to start a better life. Those coming from Guatemala, for example, have been pushed off their land and are facing food insecurity. Experts believe the influx at the border will continue to rise as immigrants try to enter the U.S. before it becomes more difficult.

Stolen car in Miami Gardens leads to the death of 2

No Miami area family expects their loved one will die in an unexpected accident. Unfortunately, these wrongful death accidents occur every day in Miami and across the U.S. There are many drivers who are not careful and safe drivers and engage in dangerous activity, including speeding, texting and driving, and talking on the phone.

A tragic accident recently occurred in Miami Gardens. A car was reported stolen and the victim had left their cell phone inside the car. Police tracked the cell phone and drove to the location and the car took off at a high rate of speed with a teenager and adult inside of it. The driver of the stolen car drove through a stop sign and hit another car that had two people inside. This accident occurred at the intersection of Northwest 39th Avenue and Northwest 175th Street. The two people who were inside the car that was hit died at the scene. The people inside the stolen car were airlifted to an area hospital. The accident remains under investigation.

How to make the immigration process easier

Many people in the Miami area are from another country. However, many immigrants can feel overwhelmed with the immigration process in the U.S. There are certain ways that it can be made easier.

The immigration process in the U.S. is often long and extremely complicated. There are circumstances that can be out of an immigrant's control. Lately, the backlog of immigration cases has increased and the time it takes to adjudicate these immigration decisions has reached an all-time high. Digital resources and tools offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) can be a big help for immigrants. These online resources can make it easier for immigrants to track their visa application, work permits, green cards and citizenship applications.

New way to get status of applications could be available soon

There are many people in the Miami area who are from another country. Immigrants in Miami are from all over the world and most are here to create a better life for themselves and their family. Immigration can be a complex task for these people, but some of the process may be getting a little easier.

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is expanding a program to Miami that promises to speed up decisions regarding immigration issues. The Information Services Modernization Program is a phone line that allows immigrants the chance to check on their immigration cases and other important information by telephone. Up until this new system arrived, immigrants had to make appointments with USCIS staffers to update addresses, fix typographical errors on documents and get case status requests, along with other requests. Now, this new calling system is staffed by employees who have access to the immigrant's information and can answer their questions without having them make an appointment. The USCIS believes this will free up their staff time to spend more time making decisions on applications and reducing the backload of immigration cases that are currently in the system.

Woman killed by teenager driving stolen car in Liberty City

An unexpected accident can cause a family to face thousands of dollars in unexpected expenses, along with dealing with the emotional pain of their tremendous loss if the victim died. According to reports, a Florida woman recently died in a car crash because of another person's negligence in Liberty City.

A woman who was attending her friend's funeral in Liberty City was hit and killed by a speeding car after exiting the funeral home. The woman was outside the funeral home when she was struck by a stolen car that was fleeing police officers. The car struck three other cars and a light pole before striking the woman. The woman was hit so hard that she flew over a nearby fence. Three police officers were also hurt in the incident. There were four teenagers in the stolen car who have been charged with robbery and weapons charges. Miami police are expected to file additional charges against the driver, including vehicular homicide.

Florida police officer killed by wrong way driver

Although nearly every Miami area resident will be involved in a car accident at least once during their lives, most accidents are not serious. When a serious accident does occur, a family can feel overwhelmed with grief and with the unexpected financial burden the accident may cause. A fatal car accident is life-changing for everyone involved.

According to recent reports, a police officer is dead following an accident on Alligator Alley. The accident occurred near the toll plaza in Broward County when the officer was off-duty and on the way home. He was hit head-on by a driver traveling the wrong way on I-75. The officer was taken to a local hospital, where he later died. The accident is still under investigation to see if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the deadly crash.

Mistakes immigrants make on legal documents

Many Miami area residents are from another country. These residents often need to fill out immigration forms. These U.S. immigration forms can be long and confusing, especially for those who are not very familiar with the process. There are some serious mistakes that an immigrant can make on their paperwork.

One serious mistake immigrants make on their immigration paperwork is failing to sign a document. If there isn't a signature, the document is rejected. Another mistake is when a person uses outdated forms. Immigration forms are constantly changing, so it is important for a person to make sure they are using the most up-to-date form. When filling out the forms, it is important that every section is completely filled out, as having a blank part of a questionnaire will not suffice. The forms need to be legibly completed in black ink, and correction liquids and highlighters are not allowed. If corrections need to be made, a new form should be filled out. Each form needs to include a person's full name, date of birth and Alien number. And an immigrant needs to pay the correct fee for their petition.

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