Republican Party presidential nominee and television personality Donald Trump said last Monday, August 15 that he plans to impose a new system of “extreme vetting” and “ideological screening” for immigrants. When it comes to other nationalities planning to immigrate to the United States, he noted “We should only admit into this country those who share our values and respect our people. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today. Our country has enough problems.”
United States immigration officials already conduct vetting on potential immigrants to the country and consent to background checks. Visa applicants must answer questions regarding terrorist activity and whether they have participated in or plan to participate in terrorist attacks. There is also a question that covers whether they have participated in activity that includes “limiting or denying any person’s ability to exercise religious beliefs”.
Coming to a new country can result in a wide array of difficult challenges, one of which is the rejection of your immigration application. Hire the team at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC to help you make it through the intricacies of applying for immigration to the United States by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333.
In a new research study conducted by the University of Georgia in Athens Department of Political Science assistant professor Jamie Monogan, which analyzed Texas and California’s 1994 gubernatorial election as case studies, Monogan found out that there are negative long-term effects of a party’s anti-immigration platforms on their electoral chances.
In this years’ presidential election, the Democrats tout a more inclusive position regarding this issue while the Republican Party reiterate the security issues of entrusting the inflow of non-natives into the country.
The 1994 gubernatorial elections in Texas and California divided the Republican Party from the growing Hispanic population, which Republican George Walker Bush tried to assuage by campaigning for pro-Hispanic policies and speaking a little Spanish. In California, Republican Peter Barton “Pete” Wilson mobilized millions of undocumented immigrants to win by a margin of over 14 percentage points.
Today, this kind of influence can be replicated, as immigration is expected to drive population growth in the United States over the coming years, Monogan said.
People who come to the United States with the purpose of making it their new home sometimes come across serious challenges to this goal that may make it hard for them to immigrate to the country. This is why the legal help of a competent immigration attorney such as ours at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC is an important part of undergoing this venture. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333.
President Obama’s administration is making efforts to enable children and parents of Central American families to immigrate to the United States as refugees.
White House Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Amy Pope said last Tuesday, July 26 that the Obama administration is planning the expansion of in-country refugee processing for families coming from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. The government is also expanding an almost two-year-old program to enable Central American children to reunite with their parents who are already living with documentation in the United States.
Since the start of the budget year in October 2015, over 51,100 individuals traveling as families and over 43,000 children with no companions were caught illegally crossing the Mexican border. The number of immigrants has risen this year after significant dips between the 2014 and 2015 budget years.
The help of our qualified immigration lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin can guide you through the complex and complicated process of immigrating to the United States. If you or your loved one need help dealing with the issues that immigration is presenting you, call our offices today at (512) 323-2333.
Undocumented immigrants are not the only ones saddened by the United States Supreme Court’s deadlock on President Obama’s immigration reforms; many employers are also not happy.
Migration Policy Institute director of research for U.S. programs Randy Capps said these employers are composed of two groups. First, the “relatively small group” of employers of highly skilled workers who could have hired any skilled Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiaries. DACA and DAPA recipients cannot at the moment work legally in the country.
Second, the “broader class” of employers who hire less skilled, undocumented workers. For instance, Capps said, the meat and poultry processing industry is employing fewer undocumented workers than they used to. Now the industry “must cast a wider net” to to find workers.
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Democrats in the United States Senate on Wednesday, July 6 blocked a bill, the proposed “Kate’s Law”, which was introduced by Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The proposed legislation was named after San Francisco, California resident Kate Steinle, who was shot to death in 2015 allegedly by a homeless man from Mexico.
The bill sought to create a mandatory minimum jail sentence of five years for undocumented immigrants who are convicted of aggravated felonies or have illegally entered the country multiple times.
Molly Gill, director of federal legislative affairs at non-profit organization Families Against Mandatory Minimums, expressed objection to the proposal, saying, “Like all mandatory minimum sentences, passing Kate’s Law might feel good, but it won’t make us safer. Requiring courts to send all immigration violators to federal prison for at least five years might lock up some violent people longer, but it will definitely lock up many, many non-violent ones longer.”
Republicans in Congress might point at Austin as a sanctuary city next year because the police department there bars officers from questioning someone’s immigration status unless said status is pertinent to a matter of state or federal investigation. Police chief Art Acevedo disagrees with the point of view that the city has a sanctuary policy, stating that his department complies with federal law enforcement mandates.
Our immigration attorneys at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, know how to properly provide legal help and assistance to our clients who are looking for help with immigration concerns such as their family’s immigration to the United States and their relatives’ deferred deportation action, among others. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333.
United States President Barack Obama said his policies on immigration reform would somehow prevail, but that voters would have to decide on their continuity with the next president that they are going to elect.
When Obama vacates The White House in January 2017, immigration reform will serve as his most evident misstep in his 7 and 1 ½-year effort in trying to bring about social change, only enacting temporary changes on the immigration system and leaving behind no proper channels with which to make the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country tread their way towards a path to citizenship.
Obama will be seen as the president who protected 730,000 young people, who were brought to the U.S. illegally, from immediate deportation. Allies will remember that he asserted the use of executive power that even though was brought down by the courts and political opposition, would pave the way for the next president to make a legal precedent.
Many people all over the world are looking to the United States to travel, move in, and start their new lives. If you are immigrant in Austin, Texas and you are having problems with your visa and immigration status, our lawyers at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC can legally help you address your concerns when you call our offices today at (512) 323-2333. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team as soon as you can.
With a 4-4 deadlock, the United States Supreme Court upheld the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision against President Barack Obama’s executive action last Thursday, June 23. The action in question aimed to delay the deportation of undocumented immigrants.
Obama’s executive order would have shielded around 4 million illegal immigrants – largely the parents of children considered American citizens – from deportation. The action also sought to give immigrants the right to apply for work authorization and the ability to participate in the Social Security system.
U.S. District Court Judge Andrew Hanen accepted the state of Texas’ argument that Obama’s immigration order could cause harm to the state by mandating it to give driver’s licenses to additional undocumented immigrants. The Obama administration argued that Texas voluntarily gives out driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants, and the state could decide not to give out licenses if it wanted to. Even so, the executive order was blocked, a ruling the Supreme Court upheld.
The immigration lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin, Texas handle immigration cases. If you are having difficulties with your immigration papers or documentation, seek the legal help of our qualified immigration attorneys by calling our offices at (512) 323-2333.
Chicago-based activist Rasmea Odeh, who was found guilty of lying in order to obtain United States citizenship came back to a court in Detroit, Michigan for the reconsideration of her case.
Federal Judge Gershwin Drain was asked to consider if the statements Odeh made alleging that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after her time in an Israeli prison were true. Odeh’s conviction could be dismissed if Drain concludes that she did indeed suffer from PTSD, as verified by a PTSD expert. Drain excluded Odeh’s claims of PTSD during the 2014 trial. Attorneys and the judge said last Monday, June 14 that a second trial would be conducted in 2017 if it was deemed necessary.
If you are immigrating to the United States and are having problems with your visa, seek the legal assistance of an attorney at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC. We provide legal services for clients in Austin and other areas of Texas who need help with issues surrounding immigration law. Call our offices at (512) 323-2333 to discuss your case with a qualified member of our legal team.
Travis County State District Judge Karin Crump issued a temporary injunction on the Dilley-based illegal immigrant detention center, South Texas Family Residential Center, on Wednesday, June 1 to keep it from operating as a child care facility based on new rules implemented this year.
Before a detention center can operate as a child care center, it will be required to follow state laws regulating child care facilities, such as not allowing an unrelated adult and child to live in the same room. New rules implemented this year by state officials would have done away with having to follow state rules and would have exempted the center from needing to comply with other requirements as well.
A federal judge in California earlier ruled that family detention centers, which have received their licenses from state child welfare agencies, are the only ones that will be allowed to house children, meaning the 2,400-bed Dilley center might not house children if they fail to acquire a license.
Embarking on a new life in the United States can be difficult enough without the stress of having to deal with issues regarding your immigration papers. If you have concerns regarding your visa or are seeking different legal options on how to go about your immigration process, please get in touch with our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin, Texas by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.
A privately-run detention facility for illegal immigrants is under construction and scheduled to open in November of this year in Alvarado, Texas. The facility will have a special unit – comprised of 36 beds – for transgender detainees, making it the second of its kind in the federal system.
A report on transgender people and immigration by New York-based Human Rights Watch showed that more than half of the 28 women identified in the report were detained in the men’s facilities, while half were held in solitary confinement. One Honduran woman held at a detention center in Arizona was reportedly raped by three men at the facility, after which the guard told her “You are the ones that cause these problems and always call the men’s attention.” According to federal guidelines, detention staff should ask the gender identity of incoming detainees and provide them with their preferred accommodations. Guidelines also include instructions on how to conduct routine searches, provide clothing based on a detainee’s proclaimed gender identity, and maintain safety.
At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, we have years of knowledge and experience in helping families and individuals who are encountering issues with immigration in the United States. Get in touch with us to discuss your situation by calling our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333.