Immigrant rights advocates scheduled demonstrations all around the country last weekend, January 14 and 15. The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles spokesman Jorge-Mario Cabrera said of the protests, “This is our first salvo to what may be a long, drawn out campaign.”
The demonstrations are the latest movement in the advocacy that has progressed since 2006 when over one million people protested a Republican-backed immigration bill that would have made it possible to criminally prosecute people in the country illegally. Rallies last weekend culminated at a church in Washington, at a teachers’ union hall in Chicago, and in Los Angeles and San Jose.
Demonstrations were sparked by President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign rhetoric that he would implement tougher immigration policies and penalties. However, some people are hesitant to join the rallies without the action Trump is referencing. University of California, Berkeley professor of ethnic studies Chris Zepeda-Millan said, “Right now, all we have is these vague kinds of promises. Attacks have to occur for people to mobilize.”
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The opening of Texas’ 85th legislative session last Tuesday, January 10, made immigration advocates in Austin anxious, especially with the growth of anti-immigration sentiments as propagated by President-elect Donald Trump.
Immigration advocacy groups said they will band together to make sure that immigrants’ rights will not be trampled on, with Austin Sanctuary Network’s Reverend Babs Miller saying, “Our intent is to be that barrier that will discourage, help discourage [the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security] from trying to do indiscriminate raids.”
Over 100 volunteers were trained by the Austin Sanctuary Network on how to peacefully resist arrests. ICE Out of Austin, for its part, advised immigrant families, or families who might be targeted, to have appropriate documentation on their person or within reach as often as possible.
“[The immigrants] and their families should be allowed to stay together here, and they should be allowed to move about the city without fear,” Miller added.
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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick plans to make Senate Bill 23 into a law in the upcoming legislative session. The bill was filed by Texas State Senator Charles Schwertner and seeks to require state contractors to use a federal electronic verification system to ensure the immigrants they are hiring have legally immigrated to the United States.
If the bill gets approved, it will codify an executive order regarding e-verify issued by former Texas Governor Rick Perry in 2014. Ana Gonzalez, a member of the Workers Defense Project, said the measure seeks to negatively impact both undocumented workers and businesses because half the state’s construction industry workforce comes from immigrant workers.
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Austin immigration advocacy groups have made the decision to join forces to ensure that the rights of immigrants will be protected in the wake of President-elect Donald Trump’s victory.
This task force group will be headed by a newly-formed organization called “Texas Here to Stay” and groups including the consulate, American Gateways, the Austin Region of Justice for Our Neighbors, Casa Marianella, Catholic Charities of Central Texas, Education Austin, the Equal Justice Center, the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, the Austin school district, the Texas Law Immigration Clinic, and the Workers Defense Project will all be incorporated into it.
Some individuals who plan on coming to the United States to start a new life find themselves encountering serious challenges that make it difficult for them to process their immigration papers on their own. As such, they may find the legal help of the attorneys at the William Jang, PLLC, who hold office in Austin, Texas, particularly useful. Call us today at .
Anxieties have risen over immigration concerns ever since election day, as Donald Trump has stated he will be especially vigilant when it comes to deporting undocumented immigrants. Aside from this, reports of racially motivated attacks against Latinos and Muslims have increased.
City leaders in Austin, Texas confirmed there has been a rise in phone calls from people who have expressed their fears regarding mass deportations and hate crimes. In response to this, several Austin council members plan on teaming up with Austin Independent School District school board members and Travis County leaders at City Hall to craft measures that will ensure civil rights of residents are protected.
Travis County Sheriff-Elect Sally Hernandez is adamant that no rights of citizens will be violated. She noted, “Travis County voters made it overwhelmingly clear that they want a progressive policy towards [immigration] that focuses on keeping families together and our community safer. Our values have not changed since Election Day. Travis County still has the same principles and values which state that everyone regardless of who they are, who they love, or where they come from should be valued, respected, and treated fairly by law enforcement..”
A lot of people look to start their new lives in the United States, as they view the country as a land filled with new and promising opportunities for them. However, sometimes plans of immigrating to the country stall as they encounter difficulties with the process of immigration. If you have experienced immigration problems in the U.S., do not hesitate to contact our attorneys at the William Jang, PLLC by calling our Austin offices at .
Immigrant families in central Texas communicated feelings of anxiousness that President-elect Donald Trump will deliver on his campaign promise to deport millions of immigrants from the United States.
One such person is Alex, a single mother who has two boys, one of whom was born in the country. She is hoping his citizenship can afford her children some protection from deportation, saying, “America is the country for opportunities, right, so I decided to take the opportunities for my kids and for myself, too.”
Two policies of President Barack Obama likely to be scrapped once Trump assumes the presidency are the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which enables children brought to the country illegally to stay and work here temporarily, and the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), which provides protection for undocumented parents of American citizens.
As immigration attorneys, we at the William Jang, PLLC know how challenging it is for many immigrants in this country – from the first step of processing immigration papers to actually living in the United States. If you are faced with an immigration issue, seek the legal help of our attorneys, who provide legal service in Austin and other areas in Texas, by calling our offices today at .
Initiatives to remove sanctuary cities have started again with another Texas legislative session and new leadership that is targeting these municipalities. This has led to the question of whether Austin is a sanctuary city or not.
A law professor at the University of Texas Immigration Clinic Elissa Steglich said the concept is vague, noting, “It’s certainly not codified anywhere or appearing in law.”
While state Senator Charles Lee Perry (Republican of Lubbock) filed a measure last Tuesday, November 15 that mandates local governments to follow requests from federal agencies to put under lock and key certain undocumented immigrants of interest, United States President-elect Donald John Trump has vowed to cancel federal funding to sanctuary cities. The city of Austin received $42 million in federal grants in 2016 alone.
Trump’s vow foreshadows an administration that is unfriendly toward sanctuary cities; just this year, the federal government updated rules that disqualify sanctuary cities from obtaining Department of Justice federal grants.
Coming to a new country to live your life is a difficult decision and a life-changing one. It will be twice as difficult if you are facing serious challenges to successfully immigrate, such as challenges encountered to finally produce papers that will cement your international move. Seek the legal representation of our attorneys at William Jang, PLLC, who provide legal services for our clients in Austin or other areas in Texas, if you are experiencing these difficulties, by calling our offices today at .
Full cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorities and personnel at the Travis County Jail in Texas might come to an end in January 2017 with the election of Democratic Constable Sally Hernandez. Hernandez, who won the Travis County Sheriff position in November, has said she is not in favor of turning over undocumented immigrant jail detainees to federal agents.
Progressives and conservatives have differing views about the matter. The former say law enforcement programs already in place tend to make the challenges that immigrant families already face worse, and the latter say federal ICE programs contribute to deterring criminality. Criminal justice reform group Grassroots Leadership executive director Bob Libal says, “If whoever the sheriff is adopts a policy like many of these other communities around the country that limits ICE’s ability, that is a good thing for immigrants, and it is a good thing for public safety.”
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ArrangementFinders, a dating website for sugar babies looking for sugar daddies, has recently come under fire for suggesting that undocumented immigrants try to secure a benefactor prior to getting deported.
“Undocumented immigrant?” asks the billboard, which is situated along a highway in South Austin. ”Before you get deported, get a sugar daddy,” the billboard, which features a Latina woman in front of a Mexican flag, adds. The billboard ad is implying that undocumented people can become vulnerable, especially because of Donald Trump threatening that he will tighten the reins on immigration policies. Trump has said he would consider the deportation of undocumented immigrants a priority
ArrangementFinders’ parent company, Ruby Inc., which owns the controversial dating service Ashley Madison, has distanced itself from the ad, saying in a statement: “The billboard is created independently by an affiliate…is completely unacceptable and does not reflect the views or visions of the company, so we have requested that they take it down immediately.”
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Austin resident Hilda Ramirez and her son Ivan Juarez were granted deferred action by the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday, October 19. In other words, instead of being deported at the soonest possible time, the federal government will decide if they should leave the country next year. Hilda and Ivan are here after fleeing violence in Guatemala.
For the past eight months, Ramirez and her son, who is now 10 years old, have stayed at Austin’s St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, where they gave them sanctuary during the legal battle for asylum. Grassroots Leadership immigration organizer Alejandro Caceres said Ramirez deserved the deferred action. Ramirez spent 11 months in a Texas detention facility back in August 2014 when she and her son first came to the United States. “She is able to apply for a work permit, in that year. Able to be in the United States, have an ID, have a social security, and able to work,” said Caceres.
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