AILA South Florida Releases Statement Shortly Ahead of President Obama’s Announcement of Major Immigration Changes

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At a December 3 roundtable hosted by the American Immigration Lawyers Association of South Florida, leading immigration attorneys will examine the changes being enacted by the President in detail, and provide expert analysis of their implications for millions of immigrants and their U.S. citizen family members. AILA South Florida representatives are also immediately available to members of the media for comment on the President’s statement and insight on immigration issues.

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There is ample precedent for the President’s executive action. It will enable many families to, at least temporarily, until legislation is passed, remain together without the constant fear of removal from this country.

As President Obama prepares to announce the details of his executive action on immigration this evening, the American Immigration Lawyers Association of South Florida (AILA South Florida) has issued the following statement. Representatives of AILA South Florida are also immediately available to the press for comment and insight on the President’s announcement.

AILA South Florida will also hold an interactive roundtable discussion for members of the media on December 3rd to discuss these latest developments, their immediate and long-term implications, and what they will mean for millions of immigrant families and foreign nationals in the United States.

“There is ample precedent for the President’s executive action. Many other presidents have used their executive authority in the immigration realm,” said AILA South Florida President Jacob Ratzan. “It will enable many families to, at least temporarily, until legislation is passed, remain together without the constant fear of removal from this country.”

Ratzan added: “It will also provide a mechanism for many of these individuals to obtain work permission, enabling U.S. employers to document the lawful status of their workforce.”


WHAT: Roundtable discussion for members of the media featuring leading South Florida immigration attorneys assessing the changes resulting from President Obama’s executive action, and discussing their implications

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: St. Thomas University School of Law, Building and Room Number TBA
16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens, FL 33054
Tel. 305-623-2309

WHO: Jacob L. Ratzan is a Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Immigration and Nationality Law and current Chapter Chair of the South Florida Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Mr. Ratzan has authored and published multiple articles on immigration topics for the annual AILA South Florida conference. Mr. Ratzan’s practice is dedicated to all areas of immigration law, including business immigration, family-based immigration, and removal.

Tammy Fox-Isicoff is a former Trial Attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service and Special Assistant United States Attorney. A Past President of South Florida AILA, she is among the nation’s immigration reform leaders calling for administrative fixes in the face of Congressional inaction.

Randolph P. McGrorty is the Executive Director of Catholic Charities Legal Services, Inc. His immigration expertise includes family reunification; political and religious refugees; battered spouses and children; deportation of those with U.S. citizen spouses and children; and various immigration matters affecting the Haitian community.

Cheryl Little has been an advocate for immigrant rights for over two decades and has established herself as one of this country’s leading experts in the immigration field. Ms. Little's extensive involvement in immigration dates from 1985 when she began working at the Haitian Refugee Center. In January 1996, she co-founded the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Inc. (FIAC), now Americans for Immigrant Justice (AI Justice), and serves as its Executive Director.

Michael Vastine is a Professor of Law & Director of the Immigration Clinic at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami Gardens. His research focus is immigration litigation, particularly regarding the deportation consequences of criminal convictions and the due process rights of immigrants.


R.S.V.P.: Please R.S.V.P. to Pamela Armstrong at pamela(at)redbanyangroup(dot)com by December 1, 2014. The program is free for members of the South Florida press, but space is limited. Panelist comments will be on the record.

About AILA South Florida
AILA South Florida is one of the largest and most respected chapters of the national American Immigration Lawyers Association. The organization’s attorneys are dedicated to providing personalized and high quality immigration law counsel to immigrants throughout South Florida. AILA South Florida attorneys strive to utilize their legal education, experience and specialized knowledge to effectively represent individuals in immigration legal matters based on each individual’s unique circumstances, immigration history, and ultimate objectives. Learn more at

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