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September 2011 Archives

Supreme Court accepts two immigration-deportation issues

The United States Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear two immigration issues during the upcoming term, which begins on Monday. One of the issues involves two cases that have been consolidated for review at the high court. Each of the immigration issues concerns standards used in deportation proceedings.

Temporary health care workers responsible for medication errors

Increasingly, hospitals in Miami and across the country are relying on temporary doctors and nurses. However, a recent study of nearly 24,000 drug mix-ups found that temporary health workers in emergency departments were twice as likely to cause harmful medication errors when compared with permanent employees.

New bills considered for high-tech, H-1B employment based visas

In the last post, this blog discussed discussions on Capitol Hill regarding potential reforms to agricultural visas. However, the H-2 visa rules are not the only employment base visas that are being discussed by federal lawmakers. Congressional lawmakers are also considering some changes in the laws governing visas in the high tech industries and other specialized work areas under the employment based visa program.

Agricultural immigration bill seeks to restructure H-2 visas

In the last post, this blog reported that the E-Verify bill moving through the U.S. House did not include a proposed amendment that may have impacted the work visa rules regarding the agricultural industry. The nationwide mandatory E-Verify proposal was authored by the chair of the House Judiciary Committee, which passed the measure on to the full House.

Miami man dies in multi-car hit and run accident

Authorities say that a 53-year-old Miami man was hit by up to eight cars in a series of hit-and-run car accidents last weekend. The Miami grandfather was first hit while crossing NW 27th Avenue by 115th Street after 9 p.m. on Saturday. The motorist who hit him stopped to help but unfortunately the man was hit by five to eight more cars speeding along the road before he could be rescued. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

E-verify bill clears committee

Last week this blog reported that a measure known as the Legal Workforce Act was to go through markup in the House Judiciary Committee. On Wednesday the measure passed committee on a party-line vote and now moves on to the full House. The measure would make use of the federal E-Verify system mandatory for all employers across the country when looking to confirm an employee's eligibility to work in the United States.

Florida jury gives parents award in medical malpractice claim

The parents of a toddler were recently awarded a large settlement in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against a Palm Beach Gardens clinic. This is the second settlement involving this family; the parents had reached a private settlement with a local Medical Center.

Families of two shooting victims suing club for wrongful death

The families of two individuals killed during a mass shooting at a popular night club are planning on bringing wrongful death lawsuits against the owners of the club for not having proper security. A 25-year-old Florida resident was fatally shot while he was standing outside the front door of the club while a woman was killed inside the club.

Feds increase scrutiny of overstays on immigrant visas

Federal officials revealed Tuesday that the government is increasing its scrutiny on immigrants who overstay their visas. A senior official with the Department of Homeland Security says federal officials will be using a system that automatically checks multiple databases at the same time. Previously, investigators checked a person's immigration status by performing a series of manual checks of the individual databases complied by national security officials, immigration and law enforcement agencies to determine whether an immigrant has overstayed a visa.

Federal E-Verify bill goes before House Judiciary Committee

Many businesses across the country, including businesses in Florida, voluntarily use the federal E-Verify system when verifying a job applicant's employment eligibility in the United States. Lamar Smith, Chairman of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee says "nearly 290,000 American employers use E-Verify and an average of 1,300 new businesses sign up each week."

Florida Highway Patrol investigates fatal multi-car crash

When something goes wrong on the road, the results can be devastating. Even if the initial incident involved one vehicle, other cars can be impacted - a single-car accident can lead to secondary accidents.

EB-5 visa applications rise in tough economy

For years an employment-based immigration program, known as the EB-5 visa program did not receive a large amount of interest. However, when the United States economy tanked in 2007 and 2008, investor interest in the program changed.

Florida company sues FDA over recent product recall

Incidents of product recall could be affected by a lawsuit brought against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration by Del-Monte Fresh Produce. The lawsuit could hamper FDA efforts to remove dangerous products from the marketplace to prevent consumer illnesses.

Is the new federal immigration policy creating confusion?

This blog reported in August that the White House shifted its policies on deportation and removal hearings pending in immigration courts. The policy shift has immigration officials reviewing some 300,000 pending cases on a case-by-case basis to determine which cases should benefit under prosecutorial discretion.

Wrongful death claim filed against Florida prison system

If you recall, a woman recently filed a wrongful death claim against a county Sheriff's Office in Florida. Now another wrongful death claim has been filed and names a Florida prison system as the defendant.

Judge halts state immigration law for one month

A federal judge has placed a hold on the tough state anti-immigration law in Florida's neighboring state. The law was scheduled to take effect Thursday. The judge issued a short order Monday, consisting of only two pages, which placed a temporary halt to the immigration measure until September 29. The judge says there simply was not enough time before the law was to take effect to address all of the constitutional issues presented and ordered the act be "temporarily enjoined," to provide more time to fully consider the issues.

Florida's cap on medical malpractice awards challenged

Eight years ago, Florida lawmakers changed the state's medical malpractice laws. The change limited the amount of compensation that a medical malpractice victim could be awarded in a lawsuit.

President Obama's uncle to defend against deportation

The uncle of the President was pulled over on suspicion of DUI recently. During the traffic stop, the man reportedly told police he would like to call the white house to arrange bail. Then Immigration and Customs Enforcement stepped in and placed a hold on President Obama's uncle.

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