Monthly Archives: October 2012


Lawsuit claims sheriff denied bail to inmates on ICE holds  Associated Press   Published- October 19, 2012     LOS ANGELES – Arrestees who say they were denied bail because immigration agents wanted them held sued the Los Angeles County sheriff Friday claiming … Continue reading

October 15, 2012

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury) with the assistance of the Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) today is designating the Latin American gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) as a transnational criminal organization (TCO). 

This group is being designated by Treasury pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13581, which targets significant TCOs and their supporters. E.O. 13581 is a key part of the National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime.

Using the authority provided in E.O. 13581, Treasury is targeting the economic power of MS-13 as a transnational criminal network – and those individuals and entities who work with them, enable them and support them – by freezing any assets those persons may have within U.S. jurisdiction. Any property or property interests in the U.S., or in the possession or control of U.S. persons in which these targets have an interest are blocked, and U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

“This designation allows us to strike at the financial heart of MS-13 and is a powerful weapon in our fight to dismantle one of the most violent, transnational criminal organizations operating today,” said ICE Director John Morton. “History has proven that we can successfully take down organized crime groups when we combine sophisticated investigative techniques with tough street level enforcement, cutting off cash flows, contraband and collaborators to ensure they no longer find safe haven in our communities.”

MS-13 is being designated for its involvement in serious criminal activities, including drug trafficking, human smuggling and sex trafficking, murder and violence, racketeering, and immigration offenses. MS-13, consisting of at least 30,000 members and present in at least five countries, including the United States, is one of the most dangerous criminal gangs in the world today. MS-13 violently protects its illicit interests through murder, murder for hire, kidnapping, blackmail, extortion and assassination. MS-13’s creed is exemplified by one of its mottos, “mata, roba, viola, controla,” which translates in sum and substance to “kill, steal, rape, control.” In addition, MS-13 members have been responsible for numerous killings within the United States.

New– Orlando VA Medical Center


The 1.2 million square foot facility will cost $665 million to construct.  The medical center will have a large multispecialty outpatient clinic, 134-inpatient beds, 120-community living center beds, a 60-bed domiciliary and administrative and support services.

The University of Central Florida College of Medicine;
The Burnham Institute;
The University of Florida Academic and Research Center and
Nemours Children’s Hospital.

These medical institutions are located together in the Lake Nona area known as the “Medical City.”


October 8, 2012

The Orlando Art Museum was founded in 1924, and while encouraging community support for the arts, it holds true to its mission of enriching the cultural life of Florida.  Orlando Museum of Arts pieces are included in collections that present the works of local and regional artists, as well as notable entries of national and international significance.  For a pleasant Orlando Museum experience in the visual arts, make time during your next Orlando vacation to enjoy the Orlando Museum of Art.The Orlando Art Museum offers 10-12 in-house exhibits year round, and maintains 13 exhibitions off-site.

Immigrant Entrepreneurship – Slowed and possibly Declining

A new Kauffman Foundation study finds that high-tech, immigrant-founded startups nationwide has slipped from 25.3 percent to 24.3 percent since 2005. The drop is even more pronounced in Silicon Valley, where the percentage of immigrant-founded startups declined from 52.4 percent to 43.9 percent.

It is essential that the United States Immigration Policy be modified to create startup visas for these entrepreneurs and expand the number of green cards for skilled foreigners to work in these startups. This is a very important part of the United States economy that we can ill afford to lose.

The book is titled “America’s New Immigrant Entrepreneurs : Then and Now”.


October 1, 2012

Harry Leu Gardens is a 50-acre botanical oasis. The Mission statement for each the gardens are to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand plants. There is a museum house that unveils the details of living for families at the turn-of-the century. The gardens and historical home were donated to the City of Orlando in 1961 by Mr. Harry P. Leu and his wife, Mary Jane.


International Students seek In-State College Tuition under Deferred Action-Dream Act 2012

International college students pay between 3-4 times higher tuition than students paying In-State Tuition. The New Deferred Action Program approved by President Obama does not address the issue if an approved child will be granted In-State Tuition. This will be a State by State determination.

In Florida the Guidelines on Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes are as follows:

Section 2.1 of the Guidelines specifically identifies that U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and aliens lawfully present in the United States (maybe) classified as residents for tuition purposes.  Section 2.4  entitled Exceptions/Qualifications appears to be directly on point. The controlling language is as follows:

“Non-U.S. Citizens who fall within the following categories are also eligible to establish Florida residency for tuition purposes.

h. Individuals granted Deferred Action Status.”

The Florida State Legislature has not addressed this issue; but there are anecdotal reports that some universities are following these guidelines for reduction of tuition with respect to international students.

Until there is a law passed, we recommend that once you are approved for deferred action status; present your USCIS approval notice to the university financing or admission departments.