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The Nightmare Of Trump In A Country of Immigrants

In 2012, former President Barack Obama granted young, undocumented immigrants relief from deportation. However, as of November 9th, 2016, the circumstances have drastically changed for this population. President Trump, in numerous speeches made during his campaign, threatened to do away with Obama’s executive order as well as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.) According to Trump, by next year, undocumented immigrants could seriously face deportation and for most, this means returning to a country they barely know, abandoning the life they built here in America.

For some undocumented immigrants, the biggest fear in all of this immigration turmoil, is the sense of uncertainty surrounding the time that will follow Trump’s inauguration. Many don’t believe that he will follow through on his claims, however, there are many who do believe it, and there is general sense of anxiety in the air. For others, it’s the thought of giving up on educational and career dreams, or leaving family members behind. Most immigrants were safe with DACA, with studies showing that after the programs came into effect, 90% of immigrants were able to get a state-issued ID, and another 90% were afforded more educational opportunities.

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What Are Sanctuary Cities?

There’s no actual definition of a “sanctuary city,” but the term normally refers to a city where rules are in place that restrict local and state authorities from identifying illegal immigrants to the federal government. This is the case because immigration enforcement is the responsibility of the federal government, but local and state officials can decide the extent to which the abide by these federal policies. As of September 7th of this year, there are approximately 165 cities and counties that cooperate on a limited scale with federal immigration policies. This reluctance to report undocumented immigrants can come from several places. Often, local authorities fear that if they make a report on an undocumented immigrant who was just released on criminal charges, it will dissuade local residents from reporting crimes for fear of deportation. In a similar vein, it is often viewed as a drain on state resources to deport citizens. The debate has been heated over treatment of these sanctuary locations. For many, these cities are a nesting place for illegal immigrants who settle in localities and commit crimes. For others, these places are a necessity to continue the conversation on immigration with the support of local immigrants who enjoy the benefits of calling America home, and work diligently as they ascribe to basic U.S. values. In the dialogue about maintaining states’ rights to ignore certain federal immigration policy, is the belief that state officials make themselves sanctuary cities in order to preserve their communities and avoid the intense upheaval and backlash that would naturally follow what can turn into mass deportations.

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Top Facts About Immigration in the U.S.

As the immigration conversation continues on a political level, education on the topic remains a high priority, especially for Texans who live very intimately in the realm of modern-day immigration laws and the effects of those laws. Here are a few facts that shed some light on some of the topic of immigrants in America.

1. According to the Pew Research Center, there are 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. as of 2014. Economists say that even though their numbers are large, their average economic impact is minimal for several key reasons. According to staff writer Adam Davidson at the New York Times, the presence of large numbers of undocumented workers in some states increases wages among more skilled laborers who then tend to work longer hours and therefore get more work done. Also, with many undocumented immigrants working in industries such as food service, consumers see a  lower cost of goods and the hiring companies see increased growth. On the other end of the impact spectrum, we do see immigrants consuming federal and state resources, however in social security payments per year, $15 billion is collected from this population alone. All in all, the impact of millions of unauthorized immigrants does less damage to the economy than commonly perceived.

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Shattering the Negative Stigma of U.S. Employment

Misconceptions about hiring foreign nationals are unbridled in the U.S., and we could be to blame. As Americans, we remain to claim that we welcome all, but we have tendencies to print a social stain on our immigrants. This unfortunate societal stigma is rippling into our economy, and we’re right to be afraid. For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be working on shattering the negative stigma of immigrants in the U.S. workforce. Read More

How can an Immigration Attorney help you?

 

Hiring an immigration attorney can seem daunting and expensive, but when you and your family’s future well-being is on the line, it’s nearly necessary. Ensure your case isn’t denied due to overlooking tricky details by hiring somebody more skilled than a simple immigration consultant or notario. These types of experts might not be legally qualified to help you in every situation, and are even known to scam families out of their much-needed moving budget.

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Deportation Hearings: Are you in danger?

Collectively, we recognize a green card as a pass to our United States freedoms, rights and a gateway to naturalization. To fully understand the rights of a green card, it’s important to define a green card, a passport and a visa. Let’s observe the differences: Read More

Understanding Naturalization

To understand citizenship eligibility, we must first understand the slight differences between having U. S. citizenship and being a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). The two terms are often misconstrued as synonymous, but there are a few differences in guaranteed rights between the two, and your responsibility is much greater as a LPR. Becoming an LPR is a stepping stone to becoming a U.S. citizen. Read More

What is DACA?

Immigration has long been a hot topic in the United States, and it is even more of a trigger for discussion and debate in light of the 2016 Presidential race. It is incredibly important for citizens and politicians alike to remain educated and aware of issues relating to immigration. One associated topic you may be currently unaware of is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. In the simplest terms, DACA refers to the immigration policy in which certain undocumented immigrants who both a) entered America before June 2007 AND b) entered America before their 16th birthday are allowed to receive a renewable two-year work permit as well as exemption from deportation. Read More

Discrimination in Immigration Court

Especially in the border state of Texas, the topic of immigration is a popular, and oftentimes-divisive one. This summer the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the American Immigration Lawyers Association in regards to the latter’s lawsuit demanding the disclosure of un-redacted versions of complaints filed against immigration judges. Read More

Temporary Protected Status Extended for Honduras

WASHINGTON—Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) for an additional 18 months, effective July 6, 2016, through Jan. 5, 2018.

Current TPS Honduras beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 16, 2016 through July 15, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. Read More

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