February 2017
Good Morning!

The Trump administration has made several moves lately that threaten the immigration process for countless individuals who wish to come to the United States legally. You are almost certainly aware of the travel ban that barred individuals from certain Muslim countries from temporarily entering the United States. That ban has been temporarily lifted, but the number of refugees allowed into the country has been cut by 60,000 for 2017. The current administration poses a threat to legal immigration as well as refugees. 

There are proposals to eliminate the immediate relative classification for PARENTS OF U.S. CITIZENS, to reduce the number of immigrant visas by 1/2, and proposals to cut or eliminate the ability of U.S. companies to hire highly skilled persons. For further understanding of why this is a problem please see the article – Why Silicon Valley Wouldn’t Work without Immigrants

In firm news, my presentation at "Refugees 101 with a Religious Perspective" on the legal aspects of the refugee crisis is now available on my website. Click here to download the presentation.

If you have any questions about this topic, or anything else related to immigration and my practice, please do not hesitate to ask.
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By now everyone has been heard of the Muslim ban and the suspension of processing of refugee applications. On January 29th I presented a program on the Refugee Crisis at the Keys Jewish Community Center (KJCC) to members of the KJCC and the wider Keys Community. I started planning this program last summer but decided that I should present this after the election because I wanted to concentrate on the humanitarian, legal and religious aspects of the refugee crisis and steer away from the political aspects as much as possible. Little did I know that two days before the scheduled presentation that our President would suspend the processing of refugee applications and ban entry of citizens of seven Muslim majority countries (except for Christians.)

My presentation was revised the next day (Saturday) to include information about the executive orders issued late Friday.  By the time of the presentation on Sunday there was chaos in our country and around the world for people planning to enter the U.S. Several courts had weighed in on the executive orders and issued temporary stays of removal for some of the people affected by the orders. The fate of many others was uncertain. The doors to our country were slammed shut to people who had spent years displaced from their home and who had finally been granted refugee status. People with legal permanent residence (and no home other than the U.S.) were stranded outside of the U.S. Foreign Students, professors and research scientists were either stuck in the U.S. (afraid to leave to visit ailing family members) or they were stranded outside of the U.S. and unable to get back to their studies, their teaching and their research. I heard stories of U.S. permanent residents who had gone on a cruise out of Port Everglades and returned from the cruise to find out that they could not enter the country that was their home...
Linda M. Kaplan
Immigration Attorney
Employment Based Permanent Residence
Family Based Permanent Residence
Non Immigrant Visas
Representation Before USCIS & US Department of State
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