What do I do if ICE Comes to my Door? As an Immigration lawyer in Houston, I know this question has been on the minds of many immigrants. Over the last few weeks, you may have seen news stories or social media posts about ICE officers coming to homes and even motels to try to arrest someone they believe is living there. Sometimes the person they want to arrest has never been in immigration court and has no criminal record.
What do I do if I have a deportation order? If you have a deportation order but you haven’t left the United States, you might feel like you're in danger everywhere you go. Really, you are – there is a threat that you could be taken into ICE custody and physically removed. If you've said to yourself, I Was Ordered Deported, but I'm Still in the US and wondered what you should do, you're right to be concerned.
As an immigration lawyer in Houston, I often get questions about whether a person’s visa application will be denied. Sometimes the questions are legitimate. One common example is that people want to know if applying for a job or attending a job interview without a work visa is acceptable, and if a subsequent application for a work visa will be affected by this. Generally, the answer is “no,” but we strongly recommend that anyone coming for interviews or to apply for jobs be prepared to be questioned about it at the port of entry.
Una salida de un matrimonio Abusivo
Como abogada de inmigración en Houston, una de mis primeras clientes, Janna, vino a verme sobre su estatus migratorio. Ella tenía una sonrisa nerviosa, y me dijo que estaba casada con un ciudadano de los Estados Unidos. Le pregunté por qué él no estaba en la cita con ella. Lentamente comenzó a explicar que su matrimonio tenía problemas. Me dijo que él ha veces era muy celoso, me dijo que antes de casarse, ellos habían terminado su relación un par de veces.
As an Immigration lawyer in Houston, I follow Texas legislative activity closely. The right to determine who is allowed to come in and out of the United States is generally considered an issue in the control of the federal government. But in recent years, there have been several state laws introduced that are designed to give power to the state of Texas to enforce immigration laws. In 2017, the Texas legislature passed a new law called Senate Bill 4 ("Texas SB4"). SB4 has raised concern in immigrant communities, and several Texas cities have sued the State of Texas to try to stop it from going into effect.
As an immigration lawyer in Houston, one of my first few clients, Janna, came to see me about her immigration status. She had a nervous smile, and told me that she was married to a citizen of the United States. I asked her why he wasn’t at the appointment with her. She slowly began to explain that their marriage had problems. She told me that he could be very jealous, she told me that before they married, they’d broken up a couple of times.
Tengo una orden de deportación pero todavía estoy en los EEUU.
Mucha gente leo la historia de Lizandro Claros Salavia de 19 años y su hermano Diego de 22 años. Los dos hermanos vinieron a los Estados Unidos en el 2009 sin autorización, y los ordenaron ser deportados. Ellos habían solicitado las estancias de remoción- básicamente pidiendo permiso discrecional para permanecer en los Estados Unidos que se da por 1-2 años a la vez.
I was ordered Deported but I’m still in the U.S.
Many people read the story of Lizandro Claros Salavia, 19, and his brother Diego, 22. The brothers had come to the United States in 2009 without authorization, and had been ordered deported. They had applied for Stays of Removal – basically requesting discretionary permission to remain in the United States that is often given for 1-2 years at a time.
Immigration and FEMA - What You Need to Know After Hurricane Harvey
Our office is deeply invested in the Houston community and our hearts go out to all the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in our city. As many neighborhoods are still recovering and individuals are trying to figure out their options for recovery, we thought it would be useful to provide some information for assistance and relief and alleviate concerns people might have regarding immigration enforcement.