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AEGEA Signs Agreement With South Asia Group for EB-5 Funding Commitment

October 17th, 2013 No comments
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NORTH PALM BEACH, FL–(Marketwired – Oct 14, 2013) – AEGEA (OTCBB: AEGA) (“AEGEA” or the “Company”), a planned mega-resort destination and international community in Florida, announced today that in furtherance of its EB-5 foreign investment program it has signed an agreement with a South Asia group, ADN Consulting, Inc. (“ADN”) which represents potential EB-5 investors residing throughout southern Asia. ADN expects to close on funding commitments for $6 million from its first wave of EB-5 investors over the next 60 days. Thereafter, ADN expects to close on funding commitments from EB-5 investors during the coming months. Under this agreement, ADN will use its best efforts to introduce investors to AEGEA and coordinate with their U.S. Immigration counsel’s efforts to qualify, prepare and file USCIS (United States Citizenship and Immigration Services) EB-5 application petitions associated with their investments. AEGEA will support the efforts of its prospective EB-5 investors by supplying documentation and information on AEGEA’s planned resort project, including marketing and promotional materials. Part of AEGEA’s financing strategy is obtaining foreign investment through the USCIS EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program.

Under the USCIS EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program, certain foreign investors, who can demonstrate that their at-risk investments are creating U.S. jobs, become eligible to apply for conditional lawful permanent residency in the United States. The purpose of the EB-5 program is to help boost the U.S. economy through foreign investment, by creating jobs and providing venture capital.

Congress created the EB-5 program in 1990 to encourage new investment capital into the United States and to create new jobs for U.S. workers. The EB-5 program is based on our national interest in promoting immigration for individuals that will stimulate the economy by investing their capital in new, restructured, or expanded businesses in the United States.

Under the EB-5 program, foreign-born individuals who invest their capital in job-creating projects in the U.S. receive conditional permanent resident status for two-years. Towards the end of the two year period, the immigrant must file an I-829 Form to remove the conditions on permanent residence. As part of the filing, the immigrant must prove that the requirements of the EB-5 program have been satisfied. If the I-829 Form is approved, the alien becomes an unconditional permanent resident whose green card is valid indefinitely. Congress created the conditional status period to help ensure compliance with the statutory and regulatory requirements and goals pertaining to the infusion of foreign capital and job-creation.

If you are considering the EB-5 Investor Visa Program, contact The Nunez Firm to schedule a consultation. Managing attorney Jay Nunez will personally meet with you to help you better understand the process and whether the EB-5 program is a viable option for you.

The contents and information provided in this post should in no way be considered an endorsement or recommendation by The Nunez Firm, P.C. in favor of the investment opportunity or regional center mentioned herein.

Republican Candidates Continue to Ignore Latino Voters and Evolving Electorate

February 3rd, 2012 No comments
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Campaigning in Florida this month, GOP Presidential candidates continued to display a general lack of understanding of the state’s diversifying Latino population. While it’s well-documented that the Cuban-American population is currently a strong political force, the emerging story in Florida is that the state’s future voting population will become increasingly Latino, but less Cuban.

While it’s normal for political candidates to pander to today’s registered voters, they undermine the long-term electoral prospects of their party when they fail to recognize Florida’s changing demographics. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal that increasing numbers of Florida’s children are non-Cuban Latinos. Overall, Latinos make up 26% of persons under age 18.

More striking, however—given Florida’s long association with Cuban immigration—is that the Cuban-origin portion of the Latino population is shrinking when you look at the youngest Floridians.

While Cubans are a majority of Florida Latinos over age 70, every Latino age group below 70 is becoming increasingly non-Cuban. Cubans are more than half (54%) of Florida Latinos aged 65 and over, but they are only 22% of Latino children in the state. Simply put, the Cuban population is getting older while a younger, non-Cuban Latino population continues to grow.

CBS Ditches Ad Calling for a Haitian Deportations to Cease Due to Cholera Epidemic

June 1st, 2011 No comments
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CBS removed a Times Square Video ad that called for a stop to Haiti deportations because it was too controversial.

Immediately after, The Center for Constitutional Rights released an email campaign this week calling on CBS Outdoor to explain its position. According to the group’s director of education and outreach, it was a huge letdown, and they just would like to know why.

Apparently, the ad contained a slogan in block letters stating that the cholera epidemic in Haiti is killing thousands, and then asking why the USA is still deporting people to Haiti.

Additionally, the ad also shows a deportee who had died with cholera in January nine days after being deported from the US because of his criminal record in Florida. CBS Outdoor did not return a request for comment.

When Homeland Security decided to resume deporting Haitians this year, immigrant advocates and human rights groups were outraged, stating conditions in Haitian police stations are unsafe and unsanitary.

The Department of Homeland Security insists deportations of convicted criminals to Haiti are necessary, because they can’t keep people in detention here indefinitely and don’t want to let them free.

Human Traffickers and Alien Smugglers Arrested in Florida

June 28th, 2010 No comments
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In Sarasota, Florida, two residents were sentenced on June 17 following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE, the FBI and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office MCSO.

Erisbel Artiles, 31, a Cuban national residing in Hialeah, Fla., was sentenced to 121 months in federal prison for hostage taking. And his mother, Lazara Z. Moreira-Penin, 54, also a Cuban national residing in Hialeah, was sentenced to one year in prison for conspiracy to transport illegal aliens.

After a Guatemalan citizen illegally present in the United States contacted MCSO deputies and reported that an alien smuggler was holding his 30-year-old brother for more unpaid smuggling fee, MCSO requested the assistance of ICE Sarasota office.

As a result of the cooperation and ability to work together that existed in Florida between state, local and federal law enforcement, they recovered the hostage victim without incident.

Eventually the victim was delivered at a gas station where ICE agents along with MCSO officers arrested Moreira-Penin. Artiles was arrested in Miami at a later date.

The investigation was conducted by ICE’s Office of Homeland Security Investigations in Sarasota, the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Miami Violent Crimes Task Force and the Southwest Florida Violent Crimes Task Force consisting of the Bradenton Police Department, the Sarasota Police Department, and the Sarasota FBI Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald L. Hansen.

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