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Florida Rep introduces DREAM Act alternative in U.S. House

A Representative from Southern Florida has introduced an alternative to the DREAM Act in the U.S. House. Representative David Rivera introduced the "Studying Towards Adjusted Residency Status Act" In the U.S. House last Wednesday. Many people in South Florida know that the DREAM Act generally proposes to create a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who intend to pursue an education in the U.S. or serve in the military.

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.

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.

In-state tuition bill for Florida children of immigrants hits roadblock

The Florida Senate Higher Education Committee dashed hopes for the in-state college tuition bill aimed at allowing Florida residents who are the children of undocumented immigrants to receive equal treatment in college and university tuition. A lifelong resident of Florida, who is also a U.S. citizen, spoke before the panel encouraging the lawmakers to move the measure forward.

Several 2012 Florida immigration measures filed in Tallahassee, P. 2

Immigration issues have been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels across the country. In the last post, this blog began a discussion of issues being considered in Florida this year related to immigration law. The discussion continues, with a look at several measures related to higher education in Florida.

Miami naturalization ceremony includes 205 new citizens

More than 200 immigrants participated in a naturalization ceremony in Miami last week. The number of immigrants who took their oath of allegiance and became U.S. citizens in South Florida reflected what appears to be happening around the country in recent years. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services officials say the last two years have seen an increase in citizenship applications.

Two US Senators propose new residential investment visa

Two United States Senators have introduced a bill that would create a new residential homeownership visa for foreign nationals. The measure is apparently intended to shore up the sagging housing market in the United States. The bi-partisan proposal would allow foreign nationals to receive a three-year residential temporary visa for investing at least $500,000 in residential real estate. The proposal allows the investment to be divided as long as at least $250,000 is used to purchase a primary residence. If the money is split, the investor could reach the $500,000 level by purchasing separate properties and could rent out the home or homes that are not used as the primary residence.

Some citizens who are Florida residents do not quality for in-state college tuition

Federal lawmakers have discussed the DREAM Act for years, but no measure has made it through Congress. The idea would provide a pathway for certain undocumented immigrants to obtain legal status in the United States. The proposal would allow undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children with their parents with the opportunity to gain permanent residency through attending college or joining the military.

Experts say U.S. political asylum laws may be outdated

News articles in recent months tell stories of state immigration laws and challenges, proposals for immigration reform related to DREAM Act ideas or employment-based immigration issues and stories of deportation. Certainly, many Florida immigration stories center on the same issues. An interesting story ran in a Texas newspaper quoting a number of experts who say the current state of the law regarding asylum in the United States is out of date.

ICE releases man facing deportation, has six months to seek green card

A father of three U.S. Citizens who came to the United States on a tourist visa 25-years ago has been given six months to fight for another opportunity to obtain his green card. The man was facing deportation to his home country of Poland when his family learned he would be released "on humanitarian grounds.

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