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Progressives and conservatives torn on Travis County Jail-ICE cooperation

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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Dating site tells undocumented immigrants to ‘get a sugar daddy’ in Austin billboard

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 woman and son granted deferred action

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.

If you are in the process of applying for your American visa and working to get your immigration papers sorted out, hire the immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC. We provide legal services in Austin and other areas of Texas for people fighting an immigration battle. Find out more by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.


ICE practice of detaining prisoners deemed illegal

A federal district court order from the Northern District of Illinois says it is illegal for federal authorities with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to issue a detainer on people detained within local law enforcement.

Explaining the decision, Director of the Immigration Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law Denise Gilman said: “The entire way in which ICE issues and implements its detainer program right now is likely unlawful. Because ICE isn’t going before any court, any magistrate, anybody at all to have a finding of probable cause.”

Texas Civil Rights Project community director Zenen Jaimes welcomed this development and added: “Thankfully I’m in a place where you know, we’re fighting some of these abuses that we still think happen in Travis Country and all over the state.”

Challenge issues with your immigration papers with the help of our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC. We possess extensive legal experience when it comes to working with clients who are in a involved in a range of differing immigration binds. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333 to learn more about your options.


Nearly 1,200 immigrants naturalized as United States citizens

Almost 1,200 immigrants from over 90 countries attended Delco Center in Northeast Austin last Thursday, September 29 to earn the same rights, benefits, and responsibilities as native-born United States citizens.  The citizens completed their naturalization process after they were sworn in by U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Pitman.

Citizenship and Immigration Services records showed over 700,000 immigrants were naturalized all over the country in 2015. Susan Cooper, who was originally from England, welcomed the development, saying, “It’s financial security, [and] an honor to friends I’ve lived and worked with. Now I’m part of the country instead of just a visitor.” Thirty-eight-year-old Kritan Gurung, originally from Nepal, said that now that he is a U.S. citizen, he can invite his parents for a visit very soon.

Our Austin immigration lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC help prospective immigrants work out their immigration documentation, appeal immigration rejections, and handle all other matters concerning immigration. Hire the legal services of our most competent attorneys by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.


Travis County sheriff raises concerns over likely successor’s immigration policy

In an onstage interview at the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, September 24, Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton raised concerns about the feasibility and soundness of the campaign promises made by fellow Democrat Sally Hernandez, a constable deemed most likely to win Hamilton’s position come November.

Hamilton was featured along with Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez on the panel discussion titled “Immigration and the Cities” at the Texas Tribune Festival. Hernandez, who is running against her Republican counterpart, Joe Martinez, favors making Austin a “sanctuary city” for illegal immigrants and believes you can’t “solve the criminal justice process by deporting them.”

According to the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the majority of local law enforcement agencies limiting cooperation with the federal government when it comes to handling local immigrants are in California.

Our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC provide legal services to clients in Austin and other areas of Texas. We handle immigration concerns such as citizenship, deportation, deferred action and green card renewal, among other legal battles. Call our offices today at (512) 323-2333 to learn how we can help you achieve your immigration goals.


858 immigrants erroneously granted citizenship

The United States government erroneously granted citizenship to 858 immigrants from countries that are currently being monitored amid concerns that they may pose a threat to national security. Some of the immigrants are from countries that have high incidences of immigration fraud, an internal Department of Homeland Security audit released last Monday, September 19, showed.

Inspector General John Roth’s auditors said the individuals came from “special interest countries,” but he did not release the immigrants’ individual names. The report also did not mention which countries were involved.

Fingerprint scans for as many as 315,000 immigrants, who either have final deportation orders or are criminal  fugitives, are missing from federal databases. Apparently, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement has yet to review around 148,000 of said immigrants’ files to add their fingerprints to the digital record.

Contact the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin today so we can discuss your immigration situation. Our qualified legal professionals want to find out how we can be of specific help to you. Take charge of your life today and find our more by calling us at (512) 323-2333.


Secure Communities program under scrutiny in Austin

The past few years have seen heated debates about Secure Communities between the Austin City Council in Texas, and Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton, who will not run in this year’s elections.

Travis County Jail signed on to share fingerprint information of people they had arrested or detained to the Federal Bureau of Investigations and Immigration and Customs Enforcement via a program called Secure Communities (S-Comm) in January 2009.

What happens in the program is that the fingerprint information will be forwarded to the FBI, and then the FBI sends the information to ICE to determine if the person in question has an immigration history. Should that person have immigration history, ICE will issue a detainer on the individual so that they cannot leave police custody until after ICE has handled the inmate.

Austin Chief of Police Art Acevedo had voiced his sentiments against S-Comm earlier.

Our lawyers at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin understand how important the whole process of immigration is to you, who want to live freely and peacefully in the United States. That being the case, we will guide you and promise to assist you throughout your application so that we can hopefully get results that are to your liking. Call our offices today at (512) 323-2333 to speak with a qualified member of our legal team today.


Trump plans to craft outline of specific immigration plans

Businessman and Republican Party presidential nominee, Donald Trump, announced in a Twitter post last Sunday, August 28 that he will give a detailed immigration plan on Wednesday, August 31 in Arizona.

Trump and the Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, traded barbs last week, with Trump calling Clinton a “bigot” and Clinton accusing Trump of enabling hate groups to flourish in the Republican party. During the last week of August, Clinton will focus her attention on mental health, spreading the message that there is a need for it to be incorporated into the United States health care system. Meanwhile, it is expected that Trump will continue talking about approaches to immigration issues, which will be spearheaded by his running mate, former Governor of Indiana Mike Pence.

Immigrating to the United States is in and of itself difficult. However, there are some circumstances that might make applying for a visa and processing one’s immigration papers even harder than usual. Thankfully, there are several legal immigration options to choose from to accomplish this goal. With the help of the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin, we can make progress towards getting your visa, green card, or citizenship approved. Call our offices today at (512) 323-2333 to discuss your situation.


Islamophobic sentiments threaten safety of Muslim Americans

Vincent Simon, a United States military veteran who converted to Islam five years ago, and Mujeeb Kazi, who relocated from Pakistan to the U.S. around ten years ago, have expressed fear about a voicemail left with their mosque, Masjid Al Sahaabah, located in Fort Worth, Texas. The voicemail contained a death threat, which Simon described as a “long, angry message with a definite ‘I’m going to cut your heads off’ kind of thing'”. The caller addresses each of the mosque’s members, claiming to be “armed to the teeth” and willing to cut off each of their heads.

Kazi said the anti-Muslim rhetoric used by many politicians, particularly current Republican nominee Donald Trump, gives license to people to be openly hostile and threatening toward Muslim Americans. Many fear the implications of a Trump presidency on the safety of Muslim Americans, but Kazi emphasizes that the damage Trump has caused did not require he win the election. The Islamophobic sentiments that underlie much of his speeches have incited violence against Muslim Americans across the country.

The immigration process in the U.S. can be daunting. Contact our qualified legal professionals at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC at (512) 323-2333 to discuss the details of your immigration situation.

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