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December 2011 Archives

Florida woman found guilty of widespread immigration fraud

A federal jury recently found a Brazilian woman living in Florida guilty of several employment immigration crimes in one of the larger alien smuggling cases in the United States.According to a report from the Latin American Herald Tribune, the woman, who faces a maximum prison sentence of 10 years, assisted more than 1,000 foreign workers in entering the United States. Once here she also helped them find work through the use of H-2B employment visas that were fraudulently obtained.The woman allegedly sent these illegal workers to work at more than 100 hotels.

Rescued boy who captured the hearts of many now a man

The first thing most people think of when they hear the name Elian Gonzalez is the photo. The photo of the then 6-year-old boy crying in the arms of a man who was standing in a closet while an armed federal agent pointed a gun at them. That image, taken in the early morning hours of April 22, 2000, recorded the moment in which the agents removed the boy from the home of some of his Miami relatives. This of course was not the beginning of the story.

U.S. citizenship doesn't stop deportation threat

Florida immigrants who believe that U.S. citizenship will protect them from deportation threats need to read a recent story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The story tells the story of an immigrant from Jamaica who is now a U.S. citizen. Despite this, federal immigration agents arrested the man and sought to initiate a deportation proceeding.