Online Citizenship & ESOL Classes (August 26 – December 19, 2020)

Miami Sunset Adult Education Center offers a highly effective citizenship education program that combines English language instruction for adult immigrants with low English proficiency levels with civics content knowledge and an understanding of the naturalization process.   Our lead instructor, Mr. Carlos Garcia is a non-practicing attorney with over 5 years of experience teaching Citizenship courses at our Read More

Vote

Now is the time to register if you are not yet registered - The deadline to register to vote is October 5th. If you are already registered the time to request a mail ballot is now. Today I am writing about the process of voting and what the vote means to a first-time voter. Also, I am inviting you to attend (virtually) a Constitution Day Celebration that I have been working on organizing. Vote411 – This is a Read More

RSVP for the 2nd Annual Constitution Day Event on September 17th, 2020

I am happy to announce that I am spearheading the planning for the 2nd annual Constitution Day event for the Upper Keys League of Women Voters which will be presented in partnership with the Upper Keys Business and Professional Women. It will be a virtual celebration on September 17th so if you are interested please RSVP at ukcbapwc.wildapricot.org/events to obtain a Zoom link. Zoom is limited to 100 Read More

USCIS filing fees for common applications will rise substantially on Oct 3rd

On August 3rd USCIS announced new filing fees which will be effective as of October 3rd. While a few of the application fees will be slightly reduced, filing fees for Naturalization and Adjustment of Status to Permanent residence will be substantially increased. The current filing fees for a Naturalization petition including the required biometrics fee is $ 725 per person. The new fees will be $ 1200 per person. Read More

Avert the USCIS Budget Crisis but make USCIS Accountable

Before I get into the specifics of this blog, it is important to explain the function and funding of USCIS. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is the governmental agency that handles applications for permanent residence based on family or employer petitions, handles non-immigrant matters for students, temporary workers, religious personnel, issues work permits and adjudicates Read More

Office Reopening, USCIS reopening and Black Lives Matter

We hope that you are well. Natalie and I are well and have been working remotely. As of June 4th, we will reopen our physical offices but request that you make an appointment or call before coming to the office.  As always you can contact us by phone or email, and we can arrange virtual appointments. Please let us know how we can help during these difficult times. In the midst of the Pandemic and feeling the Read More

Don’t let the virus silence your voice – How to Vote Carefully in the time of Covid-19

Register or Verify your Voter’s Registration and Sign up for Vote by Mail. Also Check your Signature so that your vote is counted and Track Your Ballot. In June of 2018, I wrote a blog entitled “Voting is a right of U.S. Citizens as Well as a Responsibility”. It can be found here. I bring this up again because of the importance of voting in these unsettling times. We need to be prepared in the event we do not Read More

Our Survival Infra-Structure is staffed by Immigrants

In February, I wrote a blog – No Farmers, No Food. No Immigrants, No Farmers – that discussed the importance of Immigrants to American’s getting feed.  A client of mine who is a real estate developer wrote and said I had forgotten to discuss the importance of  immigrants to the construction industry. I thanked him for an idea for a future blog which will be written in due time but when I received an email from Read More

We are all in this together

We are all in this together, we always have been but the behavior of some has often not reflected this fact of life. Our current health care crisis has taught this lesson to some.  Previously, few were concerned about whether or not food service workers were paid sick leave.  We all know that if sick pay is not available, people will come to work sick, infecting other workers and the customers. Now many Read More

No Farmers, No Food. No Immigrants, No Farmers.

A farmer friend of mine has a bumper sticker on her truck that says, “No Farmers, No Food.” This came to mind last night when I saw the first episode of a new min-series on MSNBC entitled “What’s Eating America” with Chef and activist Andrew Zimmem. Episode 1 is titled “Who’s Feeding America” Watching this made me understand better than ever that whether we are talking about row crop workers, winery workers, dairy Read More