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I was Ordered Deported but I’m Still in the U.S.

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

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 Lawyer in Houston: President Trump Ends DACA

Posted on September 07, 2017 by Kathryn Karam
As an immigration lawyer in Houston, we were concerned to hear that President Trump Ended DACA.  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a program of huge importance to many of our clients, who are now understandably troubled that President Trump has announced an end to the program and are wondering what Trump’s announcement means for their present and future. 

La Ley SB4 de Texas Entrará en Vigor a Partir del 1 de Septiembre

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

La Ley SB4 de Texas Entrará en Vigor a Partir del 1 de Septiembre.

ULTIMAS NOTICIAS:

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.

 

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Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Texas SB4 Effective September 1st

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

UPDATE: 

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.  

Immigration Lawyer in Houston: Enforcing the Law is not Black & White

Posted on August 22, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

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. 

Entrepreneur Startup Visa Delayed

Posted on July 14, 2017 by Kathryn Karam
This week, we learned that President Trump’s administration will take steps to delay the implementation of the International Entrepreneur Rule, commonly called the “Entrepreneur Startup Visa."

 

Obama's International Entrepreneur Rule

The International Entrepreneur Rule was announced by President Obama in late 2016 as a way to facilitate entrepreneurs from other countries opening new businesses in the United States. Before the rule was announced, people interested in opening businesses in the United States would have to get a visitor visa or some other permission to come to the United States in order to sign contracts, attend meetings, and take other necessary actions to start a new enterprise.

While getting a visitor visa might seem simple, in reality, visitor visas are issued in the discretion of U.S. Consular officers, and are often arbitrarily denied. Even those who have visitor visas can be refused entry or subjected to harsh scrutiny by U.S. Customs and Border Protection when arriving at an airport or land border.

What To Do If You Are Worried About Your Immigration Status

Posted on June 09, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Before we jump into what to do if you are worried about your immigration status, it might help to take a look back at the recent immigration raids that have been happening around the United States. 

In the last month, an immigration raid in the areas surrounding Houston provoked fear and concern in the undocumented immigrant community and from immigrants’ rights advocates.

Prior to this recent raid in areas surrounding Houston, ICE had conducted raids in Austin, Texas and surrounding areas. ICE described a raid in the Austin area in February as part of an “Enforcement Surge.” However, speculation developed that the raid was actually a form of punishment against the city of Austin after its sheriff limited her office’s cooperation with ICE. 

Órdenes Ejecutivas de Inmigración Decretadas por el Presidente Trump

Posted on March 24, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Las Órdenes Ejecutivas de Inmigración decretadas por el Presidente Trump generan cambios importantes. Aparte de la “prohibición de ingreso” (travel ban) ya mundialmente conocida, el Presidente Trump ha hecho otros cambios a la ley de inmigración. Dos ejemplos incluyen la detención masiva de personas capturadas en la frontera y la definición más amplia de “criminal”, que determina quién será deportado como “extranjero criminal” (criminal alien).  

A Breakdown of Trump's Travel Ban

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Kathryn Karam

Here’s the latest breakdown of Trump's Travel Ban.

Notario, Form Filler, or Immigration Lawyer?

Posted on February 03, 2017 by Kathryn Karam
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Trying to decide whether to hire a notario, form filler, or immigration Lawyer to help you? Some people hire a lawyer; some work with notorios or form fillers; others seek the help of family and friends who have gone through the process before.

Sometimes people feel like their cases are relatively simple, so it doesn’t make sense to spend money hiring an attorney if it’s cheaper to just work with a form filler or a notario. But, before you entrust anyone with your immigration case, ask yourself these questions:

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