“Wet Foot, Dry Foot” Policy: What Ft. Lauderdale Immigrants Need to Know

The so-called “wet foot, dry foot” policy in the U.S. allows Cubans who enter American shores to start on a path to permanent residency in the United States. Even with the new U.S.-Cuba relations announced, the policy remains for the time being. If you are a Cuban immigrant with questions about applying for permanent legal residency in the United States, speak with a Fort Lauderdale Read More →

What is animal cruelty and what constitutes it in Ft. Lauderdale?

Wondering what animal cruelty is and what constitutes it under the law? Each state has different laws on the books defining cruelty to animals, as well as subsequent punishments for committing an animal cruelty crime. The following takes a look at what is considered animal cruelty in Florida, and what you should do if you’re facing charges. Florida Animal Cruelty Statutes  Florida law defines animal Read More →

12 Facts about How to Apply for Immigration Executive Action Programs Ft. Lauderdale Immigrants Need to Know

President Barack Obama announced in November 2014 a number of executive actions on immigration. These include improved border security; targeting criminals, not families, for deportation; and allowing certain immigrants to stay and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Read on to learn more facts about these executive actions and how you can apply for these programs.  1. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Read More →

U.S., Cuba Relations and Immigration

President Barack Obama recently took steps to mend U.S., Cuba relations. The trade embargo with Cuba is still in place, though, and the island nation is still on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list for now. Some Cuban immigrants are worried about what these steps toward normalizing Cuba, U.S. relations could mean for their immigration status. Changes in Tourism for Americans Traveling to Cuba Tourism Read More →

Plea Bargaining in Ft. Lauderdale: How It Works

Plea bargaining is a frequently-used prosecutorial tool in the United States. A plea bargain is basically an agreement between the accused and prosecutors in which the defendant will agree to plead guilty to some or all of the charges against him. In exchange, he will receive certain concessions, like a reduced sentence or lesser charges. Plea bargains help avoid the expense and duration of a Read More →

What Ft. Lauderdale Parents Need to Know about DAPA

In November 2014, President Barack Obama announced his immigration executive order, including the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program. The program provides specific benefits for undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. Who is eligible for deferred action under the DAPA program?  Under the DAPA program, an undocumented immigrant in the United States who is the parent of a U.S. citizen or Read More →

White House Focuses on Fishing Crimes

Citing fisheries experts, a National Public Radio report estimates that about one-quarter of wild seafood imported into the United States is illegally caught. According to a blog by White House climate advisors John Podesta and Mike Boots, the loss attributable to Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is as much as $23 billion every year. Six months ago, the White House created a task force Read More →

What Ft. Lauderdale Immigrants Need to Know about DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) is a program that allows certain persons who entered the United States to request deferred action. However, these persons have to meet several criteria and guidelines to qualify. The Secretary of Homeland Security unveiled the plan on June 15, 2012. Under DACA, children who qualified were able to request deferred action and work authorization for two years, Read More →

Be Wary of Immigration Scams in Ft. Lauderdale

U.S. immigration laws are complex and difficult to understand. Very often, persons who need immigration help are in desperate situations and are anxious for it. That combination makes these people more susceptible to immigration fraud.  Read on to learn about some of the more popular immigration scams and how you can guard yourself against them.  Notarios  One of the big mistakes that immigrants make is Read More →

Florida Supreme Court Rules on Criminal Evidence: Secret Recordings Inadmissible

In an important ruling, the Florida Supreme Court held that secret recordings, even those made by a victim to provide proof of a crime, are inadmissible as evidence in court. Read on to learn more about the Supreme Court’s ruling, criminal evidence and secret recordings. Florida Supreme Court Ruling in Sex Crime Cases  The Supreme Court was ruling in the case of a man convicted Read More →