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.
La Ley SB4 de Texas Entrará en Vigor a Partir del 1 de Septiembre.
Mientras Houston empieza su recuperación de las inundaciones provocadas por el huracán Harvey, nuestra oficina está trabajando duro para mantener a nuestros clientes informados con nuevos cambios a la ley de inmigración.
Justo antes de la llegada de Harvey, escribí acerca de cómo la aplicación de la ley de inmigración no es blanco y negro. Cuando escribí el blog, no tenía ni idea que el Presidente Trump indultaría a Joe Arpaio, sheriff anterior de Condado de Maricopa, Arizona, quien era notorio para sus políticas de generación de perfiles raciales los ciudadanos del Condado de Maricopa para intentar identificar a los inmigrantes indocumentados. Esto parecía ser una forma de aprobación de este comportamiento, que era muy preocupante.
Cuando Harvey se retiró de la zona de Houston, nuestros clientes estaban preparándose para que SB4 tomara efecto el 1 de Septiembre. Luego, el Miércoles, 30 de Agosto, un juez federal en San Antonio temporalmente bloqueo SB4 de entrar en efecto. Esto fue una buena noticia para la comunidad en particular - somos una comunidad de ciudadanos y los inmigrantes recientes por todo el mundo - pero SB4 no está muerto. El estado de Texas ha anunciado que apelará la decisión, asi que el destino de SB4 aún no está claro.
En 5 de Septiembre de 2017, el estado Texas solicitó una decisión acelerada del 5 º circuito para determinar si la nueva ley SB4 es constitucional. Los mantendremos informados sobre nuevos desarrollos con SB4.
As Houston begins its recovery from the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, our office is working hard to keep our clients up to date with new changes to immigration law.
Just before Harvey hit, I wrote about how enforcing immigration law is not black and white. I had no idea when I wrote the blog that President Trump would pardon Joe Arpaio, former sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, who was notorious for his policies of racially profiling the citizens of Maricopa County in order to try to identify undocumented immigrants. This seemed to be a form of approval of this behavior, which was very concerning.
I'm an immigration lawyer in Houston. Last week, USA Today reported that Thomas Homan, Director of Immigration Customs Enforcement, recently visited Miami alongside Attorney General Jeff Sessions to thank leaders who changed “sanctuary city” policies.
Miami-Dade county mayor Carlos Gimenez had responded by changing its local policy rather than risk losing the federal funds. USA Today noted that arrests of undocumented immigrants without criminal records has increased from 18% in January to 30% in June. “You’re going to continue to see an increase in that,” Homan responded.
As an immigration lawyer in Houston, I am often asked about changes to immigration law. If you keep up with immigration news, you might be wondering, what is the RAISE Act? The Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy Act is a proposed reform of the U.S. Immigration System. Today, we look at its components, its questionable arguments, and the future of this proposed legislation.