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New SMILE Initiative Builds Coalition for Immigration Reform

Posted: February 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Jaensch Immigration Law Firm announces the launch of its latest initiative, SMILE (Sarasota-Manatee Immigrants Lift the Economy).  The initiative’s objective is to keep area residents informed with up-to-the-minute news on the immigration debate, demonstrate district support for immigration reform, and collect and share immigration stories.

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Sarasota-Manatee Immigrants Lift the Economy

“We are all immigrants to some extent,” says Jaensch Immigration Law Firm attorney Victoria Jaensch Karins.  “This very firm was founded by an immigrant, and today 12% of Sarasota and Bradenton county residents are foreign-born and that percentage is rising.”

Immigration reform received cheers and a standing ovation when mentioned in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.  SMILE will keep area residents informed on the debate with up-to-the minute news on their website and Facebook page.

In addition, SMILE will demonstrate district support for immigration.  Supporters can publicly “like” SMILE’s Facebook page, or privately fill out their survey.  SMILE organizers will stay in touch with their adherents through regular email updates.  They will be organizing events and holding one-on-one talks with area leaders to discuss immigration and its economic impact.

Most importantly, SMILE will be a place for immigrants to share their stories – good and bad.  “We want to hear from area immigrants about their experiences to clarify the issue and rally support for reform,” says Ms. Karins.  “Area immigrants are welcome to share their stories on our Facebook page or via email.”

To share your story with SMILE visit their Facebook page or email

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Written by Chris Jaensch

Chris Jaensch

Attorney P. Christopher Jaensch received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 1992 and a Juris Doctor degree in 1995 from the University of Florida. While at UF, he was a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa Society and Florida Blue Key, the oldest and most prestigious leadership honorary in the state of Florida.

Mr. Jaensch is a member of the Florida Bar, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the Sarasota Bar Association. He has served as President of the Sarasota-Manatee International Trade Club and served as Regional Vice Chair, Tampa Bay, for the Central Florida Chapter of AILA. He was a member of City of Sarasota Charter Review Committee and has been active in several local organizations, including the influential Laurel Park Neighborhood Association in downtown Sarasota.

Mr. Jaensch has over 18 years of experience in the field of immigration and nationality law and focuses his practice on four primary categories (a) investors and entrepreneurs, (b) business executives, managers and professionals, (c) amateur and professional athletes and coaches and (d) performing artists and immigrants with extraordinary ability.

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