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May 2012 Archives

Woman adopted by U.S. citizen 30-years ago now faces deportation, P. 2

In the last post, this blog began a discussion of a 30-year-old woman's plight in immigration court. The woman was adopted when she was three-months-old in 1982. Her mother died roughly 8-years later and had never sought to file citizenship paperwork for the child.

Lawsuit: Rescue workers stood by and watched man drown

Imagine standing on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean, looking out into the water. You see someone struggling out there and you call for help. Police and firefighters respond to the call, but fail to move off the shore to rescue the person out in the water. Thirty minutes later, the person drowns. What could have been done to prevent this tragic and wrongful death?

Woman adopted by U.S. citizen 30-years ago now faces deportation, P. 1

A 30-year-old woman is facing deportation after a panel of judges in the Mountain States ruled that she is too old to qualify for U.S. citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act of 2000. That law was passed to modify rules for child citizenship among foreign nationals adopted by U.S. citizens. The 2000 act of Congress allows certain foreign-born, biological or adopted children of citizens to become U.S. citizens automatically.

More federal inquiry for Chipotle in wake of I-9 raid

More than a year ago this blog reported a story of the immigration I-9 audit directed toward the Chipotle restaurant chain. At the time, Chipotle was one of the largest companies to fall under the scrutiny of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement under an I-9 compliance audit. The company eventually let go hundreds of workers after the ICE I-9 raid.

Cruise ships and muster drills: How serious are they?

Cruise ship operators and owners have come under the microscope lately for how well they adhere to safety protocols offshore. Until recently, some believed they could get away with having defective equipment, allowing dangerous situations onboard to persist and various other acts of maritime negligence. With the increased scrutiny of passenger safety, however, hopefully fewer injuries will be sustained on cruise ships.

Don't be evil: Google cars may be among the safest on the road

Rumors have been swirling for several months about the release of Google's self-driving cars. Many consumers are just as excited as they are nervous at the concept of a driverless car. Florida residents, though, may be among the first to see these cars on the roads.

Supreme Court rules against immigrants seeking deportation leniency

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday that an undocumented immigrant brought to the United States by his or her parents as a child cannot avoid deportation based upon the parent's immigration status and years of legal residency under an immigration law provision that allows leniency for eligible immigrants.

Human rights group seeks immigration reform to protect women

The international rights group Human Rights Watch has issued a new report that says female migrant and seasonal farm workers are highly vulnerable to sexual violence and sexual harassment. The research shows that women working in the agricultural sector nationwide are subject to abuses, such as rape, stalking, fondling, unwanted touching and vulgar language. The human rights group is asking Congress and the Department of Homeland Security to reform laws and rules to protect migrant farm workers from such abuses.

Lawsuit: Anesthesiologist sued for medical malpractice

Before a medical procedure or treatment even begins, hospital staff and doctors must take a series of steps to ensure that a surgery goes smoothly. When mistakes are made or details are neglected, the patient is the one who suffers. Recently, a Florida man filed a lawsuit against an anesthesiologist for medical malpractice after an oversight resulted in the amputation of his male genitals.

Economics professor devises market based immigration reform

A West Coast professor of economics is arguing that U.S. immigration laws should be reformed through a market-based system of auctions. The economist is unleashing his idea this week, and sources indicate that his idea of reforming immigration laws has attracted some attention on Capitol Hill.

Settlement reached in fatal 'duck boat' crash

When a loved one dies as a result of another person's negligence or carelessness, family members often find themselves frustrated, sad, angry and confused. Why did this happen? Could it have been prevented? How can I move forward after such a devastating loss? While it can take a long time for the emotional pain to begin to heal, family members in Florida can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party responsible.

Florida Supreme Court hears issues that may affect immigrants

Immigration-related issues have been the focus in the Florida Supreme Court this week. Tuesday, the Court heard oral argument in three criminal appeals based upon a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that a criminal defense lawyer who fails to warn an undocumented immigrant that a criminal conviction could lead to deportation before entering a guilty plea on a plea deal violates the defendant's right to effective assistance of counsel.

Dangerous inflatable slide recalled nationwide

With summer right around the corner, many Miami families will be headed outside to relax by the pool. One product that residents will want to avoid is an inflatable slide that is intended to be set up next to an in-ground pool. Several severe injuries and at least one fatality have been sustained by people who used one of these dangerous products.

ICE continues conducting I-9 compliance raids in 2012

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has not said much recently regarding audits of companies in relation to I-9 compliance issues. However, the Wall Street Journal reports that the Department of Homeland Security is continuing to use the so-called "silent raids" to enforcement immigration employment laws.

Woman's family sues cruise ship after woman dies onboard

Traveling on a cruise ship can be a relaxing, peaceful vacation for Florida residents. Many people board cruise ships hoping to enjoy themselves and the amenities offered on many of the ships. However, one woman's vacation ended too quickly when she suffered fatal offshore injuries on board a cruise ship. The victim's family is now suing Carnival Cruise lines, citing crew negligence as the reason the woman died.

ICE announces new Secure Communities policy in traffic offense cases, P. 2

In the last post, this blog opened a discussion into a recent announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement concerning ICE holds under the Secure Communities program that involves an apparent relaxation of policy in ICE detentions after a local arrest of an immigrant accused of a minor offense.

Bad signals: The behavior linked to 2 million car accidents

Recently, police have been cracking down on dangerous driving behaviors in Florida. From seat belt enforcements to drinking and driving, there is commonly time dedicated to focusing on and punishing these behaviors. It is well known that distracted or drunk driving can cause car accidents, but are police missing something?

ICE announces new Secure Communities policy in traffic offense cases, P. 1

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Friday that the agency will modify its policy under the Secure Communities program in relation to minor traffic arrests. A task force was created last year due to criticism of the program that uses fingerprint information to conduct immigration status checks of arrestees. The Homeland Security Advisory Council's Task Force on Secure Communities issued a report last year made recommendations to stop bringing removal proceedings to deport undocumented detainees who have no criminal record and have been arrested for e mere traffic offense.

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