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March 2012 Archives

Immigration officials to accept public comment on new family visa rule

The Department of Homeland Security is expected to post a new proposed rule for public comment Monday. The new immigration rule as proposed would allow undocumented immigrants who are immediate family members of a legal resident to remain in the U.S. while seeking their own legal status in the country.

Teen girls more likely to text while driving

Florida is one of a handful of states that still permits texting while driving. In other states, those guilty of the behavior can face tickets, fines and other punishments. While a driver in the Sunshine State may not get pulled over for sending or reading a text, they can face serious consequences in the event of a car accident.

Valedictorian announces foundation to promote new immigration law

The North Miami High School valedictorian who earned a two year reprieve in her deportation recently is now calling for lawmakers to consider a new immigration law aimed at undocumented students. The idea is a proposal dubbed Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status--or the STARS Act. The proposal calls for an immigration visa program to allow undocumented high school graduates to remain in the country for up to ten years through enrolling in college.

Nurse snipped off baby's finger in Polk County hospital

When babies are born, parents want to know that the baby is healthy and has "10 fingers and 10 toes" when they leave the hospital. When negligence on the part of a doctor, nurse or hospital affects this, it may be appropriate to file a medical malpractice claim.

Immigration judge holds deportation of gay immigrant spouse

U.S. immigration law allows for a variety of family based visas. Spousal visas are available for many international couples. A U.S. citizen can petition for a spousal visa for a husband or wife who is a foreign national. Recently, there has been some confusion over how the family visa program should apply to married couples who are gay.

Family files suit in museum accident death

The family of a Florida man has filed a lawsuit alleging that their father's death was caused by negligence on the part of the Jell-O Museum in New York. The man was injured when a lift failed and his scooter fell about 3 feet. He sustained fatal skull fractures in the fall.

'U visas' and 'T visas' help immigrants who have been victimized

During the national debate regarding immigration reform and discussions concerning the controversy surrounding the Secure Communities program, a special visa continues to be in high demand. U.S. immigration law allows victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes to seek a visa, known as a U visa.

Family of college student sues fraternity for wrongful death

Across Florida college campuses, fraternities and sororities are known for the sense of community they offer. Some, unfortunately, are also known for big parties and allowing - and encouraging - underage drinking. This behavior may seem like fun, but in some devastating cases, a young student can die. In these circumstances, many people may be held accountable for a wrongful death.

Proposed new immigration law would mandate deportation for DUI

There has been public discussion and even confusion regarding how federal immigration policy involving prosecutorial discretion will pan out. This blog has reported several stories of the new immigration policy in recent months, including a story from the West Coast, where a federal appellate court held several deportation cases up and asked immigration officials if the cases were proper for prosecutorial discretion.

Dangerous beauty products

Recently, warnings went out to women using certain skin lightening products to alert them that the products may contain mercury. So far, the warnings affect seven states other than Florida. It is a good reminder, however, that there are many products that people use every day that may be unsafe. A dangerous or toxic product can make a person very sick or cause permanent, or fatal, damage.

Can EB-5 visa program help to recapitalize distressed community banks?

An entrepreneur is looking to federal immigration law to help some weak community banks to revitalize communities. The woman looked long and hard for an area to apply her concept. She looked at areas in Florida and on the West Coast, but later decided to try her concept close to the nation's capitol to test out her idea.

Doctor, hospital negligent in "wrongful birth"

Many tests are done on pregnant women in order to check the health and genetic state of a baby throughout a pregnancy. Florida parents may already be anxious over the course of a pregnancy, but many say that as long as a baby is healthy, they are happy. However, when a doctor is negligent in informing a couple about the results of these tests and the status of the baby, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be filed.

Florida officers rarely punished for reckless driving

Recently, the Orlando Sentinel discovered some troubling statistics when it did an investigative report on law enforcement crashes. Florida officers were involved in about 7,400 car accidents between 2006 and 2010 while on duty. According to the Sentinel, that is one out of 44 car accidents per year.

Miami valedictorian and her sister get reprieve from deportation

The North Miami High School valedictorian and her sister who were facing imminent deportation have been given a reprieve. This blog carried the story of the two sister's plight on Monday after an immigration judge ordered the two young women to leave the country.

Sleep patient dies in hospital

Many people across Florida visit a sleep clinic when they have trouble sleeping. From snoring to sleep apnea to insomnia, clinics aim to treat these types of ailments so that people can get a good night's sleep. There are times, however, when an overnight stay in a clinic becomes a serious nightmare.

Miami rallies behind valedictorian after deportation order

A Miami family sits in the middle of an immigration issue that has led more than 2,500 students and others to hit the streets in protest. Last week, a federal immigration judge ordered two sisters to leave the country by March 28. One of the sisters is an 18-year-old woman who has lived in the United States since she was 4-years-old. The young woman is the valedictorian at North Miami High School, with dreams of someday being a surgeon.

Eleventh Circuit hears federal challenges to state immigration laws p.2

In the last post, this blog began a discussion of this week's oral arguments in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in three immigration cases from Florida's neighboring states. The federal government is challenging state immigration measures in Alabama and Georgia.

Doctors may have cultural bias towards poor patients

A Florida resident who is sick, hurt or injured has a right to believe that he or she will receive the best care available when they go to the hospital. A new study suggests, however, that not all patients are treated equally. According to the study, low-income patients are less likely to file a lawsuit against a negligent doctor who may have committed medical malpractice.

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