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2000 Three Year Work Permits Were Issued by DHS in Violation of Injunction

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

In a Thursday midnight filing, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers disclosed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued about 2,000 three-year work permits (as opposed to the currently authorized two-year permits) to illegal immigrants granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Technically, the issuance of the three-year work permits — an aspect of President Obama’s November 20 executive actions which expanded DACA — was in violation of U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen’s February 16 injunction issued in the case of State of Texas v. United States. (more…)

Maria del Carmen Ramos Selected to be a Fellow of the Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos, partner in the Tampa office, was selected to be a part of Class III of The Florida Bar Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy (“Academy”) as an Academy Fellow. The Academy’s mission is to identify, nurture, and inspire effective leadership within the Florida Bar and the legal community. (more…)

DOL and DHS Release Joint New Rules for H-2B Visa Program

Mechelle Zarou

Mechelle Zarou

This week the U.S. Departments of Labor and Homeland Security announced an interim final rule to reinstate and make improvements to the H-2B Visa program, and a final rule to establish the prevailing wage methodology to be utilized for the H-2B program. (more…)