Enrique Gonzalez is the Managing Partner of Fragomen’s Florida office.
Enrique’s practice is broad based and includes counseling companies, institutions and individuals.
He has significant experience related to managing the immigration compliance programs for companies and institutions engaged in a wide range of activities/industries including: agriculture, education/research, energy, entertainment, food service, healthcare, hospitality and technology.
He also provides legal counsel to entrepreneurs and high net-worth individuals regarding investment based immigration (including the EB-5 Program).
From January to August 2013, Enrique served as Special Counsel on Immigration to U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) where he was the Senator’s principal advisor/negotiator on the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act (S. 744) that was approved by the U.S. Senate on June 27, 2013.
Enrique’s immigration reform work with Senator Rubio has been the topic of multiple articles throughout a number of publications, including The New Yorker, Bloomberg Businessweek, the Miami Herald, The New York Times, Politico and The Washington Post. He also served as the Vice Mayor/Commissioner of the City of West Miami from 1994 to 2001.
Enrique has lectured nationally, regionally and locally on immigration matters to various groups.
Enrique Speaks English and Spanish.
- Regularly represents companies in connection with Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) audits and Department of Labor/Wage and Hour Division immigration-related investigations
- Manages the immigration compliance programs of major universities and research institutions in Florida
- Conducted a review of the exchange program partnerships for a major theme park operator to ensure compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations. Subsequently made recommendations on ways in which the company should modify its program
- In anticipation of a hotel room shortage during the 2006 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida, worked with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Labor (DOL) and Department of State (DOS) to secure a special temporary authorization for 4,000 cruise line employees to work on several cruise ships which were leased to serve as floating hotels
- Worked with Congressional staff, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of State (DOS) on behalf of several cruise lines with regard to the admission of foreign workers for dry dock work in the U.S
- Led Republican Senate Staff for the Gang of Eight in negotiations and helped to draft legislation debated in the U.S. Senate to reform and modernize the U.S. immigration system
- Cornell University Law School | J.D., 1991
- Tulane University | B.A., 1988, magna cum laude
Bar Admissions: District of Columbia, Florida
- Elected Member, Board of Directors, UnidosUS
- Director, Board of Catholic Charities Legal Services, Inc.
- Member, Citizen’s Board at the University of Miami
- Member, American Bar Association
- Member, American Immigration Lawyers Association
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