Florida immigration law fight to heat up again in 2012

Florida immigration law fight to heat up again in 2012

While there are no new immigration laws going into effect this January 1st, 2012, Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced that he will focus on immigration law in the upcoming year.

Earlier in his term, Governor Scott signed in the act that required state agencies and companies with contracts with state agencies to use the federal E-Verify program to check the employment eligibility of their workers during the hiring process.

The larger Federal debate regarding immigration policy in the United States is ongoing with three immigration bills being discussed this session: a movement for a mandatory federal E-Verify requirement, indefinite detention for those illegally in the United States and a measure called, HALT (“Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation”).




To visit the E-Verify site for more information, visit: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) offers an in depth article regarding fair detention practices and the proposed legislation for indefinite detention at: http://www.aclu.org/immigrants-rights/analysis-immigration-detention-policies

For more information about “Hinder the Administration’s Legalization Temptation” (HALT), read: http://www.immigrationpolicy.org/just-facts/dissecting-halt-act-impact-eliminating-discretion-our-immigration-system


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Date Chamber Action
03/16/2011 Senate • SPB 7066 submitted as a committee bill (SB 2040) by Judiciary
• Filed
03/22/2011 Senate • Referred to Judiciary; Criminal Justice; Budget -SJ 273
03/23/2011 Senate • Introduced -SJ 273
03/30/2011 Senate • On Committee agenda– Judiciary, 04/04/11, 3:15 pm, 110 Senate Office Building
04/04/2011 Senate • CS by Judiciary; YEAS 5 NAYS 2 -SJ 408
04/06/2011 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) – (Committee Substitute)
• Original reference(s) removed: Criminal Justice
• Remaining references corrected to Budget -SJ 415
• Now in Budget
• CS by Judiciary read 1st time -SJ 413
04/08/2011 Senate • On Committee agenda– Budget, 04/13/11, 1:30 pm, 412 Knott Building –Temporarily Postponed
04/11/2011 Senate • On Committee agenda– Budget, 04/14/11, 1:30 pm, 412 Knott Building –Not Considered
04/14/2011 Senate • On Committee agenda– Budget, 04/15/11, 1:30 pm, 412 Knott Building –Not Considered
04/29/2011 Senate • Withdrawn from Budget -SJ 605
• Placed on Calendar, on 2nd reading
• Placed on Special Order Calendar, 05/02/11 -SJ 614
05/02/2011 Senate • Placed on Special Order Calendar, 05/03/11
05/03/2011 Senate • Read 2nd time -SJ 738
• Amendment(s) adopted (730724) -SJ 738
• Ordered engrossed -SJ 742
• Placed on 3rd reading
05/04/2011 Senate • Read 3rd time -SJ 790
• CS passed as amended; YEAS 23 NAYS 16 -SJ 790
05/04/2011 House • In Messages
05/07/2011 House • Indefinitely postponed and withdrawn from consideration
• Died in Messages

John Pangallo can help you understand the laws concerning your immigration application and status and help you to understand the immigration law and process in the United States. Attorney at law, John Pangallo’s offices offer language services in Spanish, Portuguese and Russian, as well as English. He may be reached for a consultation at (941) 954-3611.




New Policies Announced to Make it Easier for Immigrant Entrepreneurs to Qualify for Permanent Residency in the U.S.

On August 4, 2011, the federal government announced some policy changes and clarifications that will make it easier for immigrant entrepreneurs to qualify for permanent residency in the United States. These are not new laws, but clarifications to previously existing policies effecting employment-based visa programs for the EB-2 and the EB-5 visa.

A clarification was also given offering more details on who qualifies under the H-1B specialty visa program for foreign workers in occupations that require expertise in a field, such as science, engineering and computer programming.

You can read the announcement online for free at: http://www.dhs.gov/ynews/releases/20110802-napolitano-startup-job-creation-initiatives.shtm.

If you are seeking a visa in the United States, it is important to seek guidance and counsel from a qualified Immigration lawyer. Attorney at law, John Pangallo is available for a free consultation concerning your needs at (941) 954-3611.