By now anyone who is interested in immigration matters in the Miami area, has heard about the overhaul the current United State's immigration system is undergoing. Legislation on the topic has been introduced and is being reviewed. What may not be clear to all interested parties however, is just who will ultimately benefit from the immigration overhaul, and how. It is likely that there are many in South Florida who fit this description.
In our last couple of posts we have focused on immigration matters regarding certain types of workers. While many throughout the nation seem focused on passing new laws regarding employment immigration, there are likely many in the Miami area wondering what other options are available for those who do not meet that criteria. There are of course a variety of ways in which to approach obtaining a visa to the United States including those that are family based.
There are many groups of immigrants expected to be affected by the much talked about immigration reform in states throughout the nation. In the state of Florida, one of the groups is farm workers. A major issue for many Florida farm workers is adequate housing. Historically, trailers have been used to fulfill that need for those working on farms. Among other things, the lack of clean water that goes along with living in a trailer poses a challenge.
Earlier this month we wrote about the overhaul of the immigration system expected to take place this year. This past Monday, senators from both the Democratic and Republican parties announced the plan they had developed together. Noting that he and the senate appear to be on the same track, President Obama revealed the much anticipated details to his plan the following day, at a high school, in Las Vegas.
Last year many undocumented immigrants were happily surprised when President Obama signed an executive order that provided a way for young individuals, who meet certain requirements, to remain in the country without fear of deportation for a period of two years. If recent news reports are correct, the deferred action move was just the beginning.
Under the current administration, immigration agencies have been ordered to focus on deporting undocumented immigrants in Florida who pose a threat to public safety, such as those people with criminal convictions. On the other hand, young people whose parents brought them to the U.S. when they were younger than 16 are now allowed to apply for work permits and have been granted temporary exemption from deportation .
In our previous post we discussed immigration reforms suggested by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that could potentially have a positive impact on the economic growth of the United States. In this post we will discuss reforms that the Department of Homeland Security is hoping to make to U.S. immigration law to make it easier for highly-skilled immigrants to either enter or stay in the U.S. for employment.
A report recently released indicates that the United States may be missing out on business opportunities by forcing entrepreneurs who are immigrants back to their home countries. Issued jointly by the Immigration Policy Center of the American Immigration Council and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the report offers two suggestions on how U.S. immigration law can be changed to deal with this potential loss.
Throughout the nation, over the past year, employers of illegal workers have faced immigration enforcement from the United State's Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Popular chain restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill was especially hard hit when an inspection completed as part of a silent raid uncovered more than 500 workers who were undocumented. As a result of the employment immigration inspection, more than 450 employees were let go in Minnesota alone. Restaurants in Virginia and Washington, D.C. also were affected.