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March 2013 Archives

Immigration reform said to be just on the horizon

With most of the nation's attention firmly focused on the current gay-rights cases facing the U.S. Supreme Court this month, few attention is being paid to an equally important matter that could affect millions of immigrants in the United States. We're talking of course about immigration laws; and with the Obama Administration continuing to press forward on the matter, immigration reform could occur within a few months.

43-year-old woman dies after Miami hit-and-run

A 43-year-old woman succumbed from her injuries on March 10 after a hit-and-run driver drove into her as she crossed the street near her home in Miami. She suffered very serious injuries from the fatal accident, including damage to her head, a fractured skull, a swollen brain and a severely fractured left arm. She remained in a coma after being transported to a medical facility.The car that hit her as she was walking to her car on the evening of the incident reportedly kept going. Neighbors who were interviewed after the event noted that the four-way-stop in the area is rarely heeded, and another neighbor added that it was common for people to drive at excessive speeds. Neither of the neighbors interviewed were present when the accident happened. However, law enforcement personnel hope that someone can offer a tip that leads to the motorist. No information about the vehicle is available, but police suspect it may have sustained front end damage.

Young woman charged in Fatal DUI Accident

Recently, a 25-year-old woman was charged with multiple crimes arising out of an alleged hit and run accident that occurred in Miami near the intersection on Southwest 140th Avenue near Sunset Drive. She is charged with hitting a minivan and then continuing to drive without stopping. As the driver fled the scene of the car accident, she collided with another vehicle, causing a fatal accident. The second car accident occurred as the driver veered in and out of traffic lanes at excessive speeds. The unidentified vehicle that she struck was deflected into a tree on Sunset Drive near Southwest 140th Avenue. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. After the second accident, the driver spoke with police and received treatment for injuries that were not life-threatening.

Family visas and immigration reform

The former governor of Florida once stated that to increase work-based immigration, family-based immigration will have to be reduced to avoid an increase in the number of immigrants overall. Since many members of Congress and the United States Senate seem to share that sentiment, family visas may be more difficult to come by with the anticipated passing of an immigration reform package.

Hialeah collision claims life of 69-year-old man, injures 2

Three men were sitting on a bus bench on the morning of Feb. 28 in Hialeah when a red Toyota Camry collided with another vehicle and then careened into the bench. In the aftermath of the fatal accident, a 69-year-old man died after being transported to the hospital, and two other men who were sitting on the bench at the time, a 35-year-old expectant father and a 45-year-old homeless man, were injured. The 35-year-old, who was treated for unspecified injuries at Jackson Memorial Hospital and released later in the day, remarked to a local reporter that the red Camry seemed to be speeding when it struck the other vehicle at the intersection of 16th Avenue and West 42nd Street. Police are still investigating the accident, but a detective noted that the intersection contained a stop sign, which indicates that one of the drivers involved, identified as a 22-year-old and a 29-year-old, was negligent. Both drivers are cooperating in the detectives' investigation.

Immigration reform group honored by AIJ

The Americans for Immigrant Justice, a Miami-based group, chose to honor bipartisan efforts at immigration reform at its 17th annual celebration. The event, to be held at the Hotel Intercontinental, will focus this year on members of Congress who have aided immigration reform by sponsoring legislation to legalize undocumented aliens, whose numbers are said to exceed 11.5 million in the United States.Current legislation being proposed and supported by the White House would grant undocumented immigrants temporary legal status as long as they have no criminal convictions. In eight years, these immigrants would be eligible for a green card after paying taxes and fees. Other proposed legislation would grant temporary status to the undocumented but would allow them to receive their green cards only when they show proficiency in English. Senators working on the legislation have urged the White House to suspend its own activities and allow Congress a chance to work.

Police: SUV turned in front of motorcycle in fatal Florida crash

A collision between a car and a motorcycle rarely favors the motorcyclist. The difference in mass between a motorcycle and a car, SUV or truck means that when a motorcycle accident occurs, the cyclist is likely to end up with serious injuries.

Family evacuates after car crashes into their house

Motor vehicle accidents can affect more than just motorists. If a driver strikes a pedestrian or other stationary object in a car accident, serious injury or damage can result. Such occurrences can happen at the most unexpected times, as a Miami household was unfortunate enough to discover recently.

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