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.
Our attorneys at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, who provide legal representation to our clients in Austin or other areas in Texas, handle immigration cases that involve citizenship, deferred action, and other immigration concerns. Get in touch with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.
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 Law Office of 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 (512) 323-2333.
A statement coming from United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was released on Monday, January 4. In it, Johnson stated that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has started “nationwide enforcement operations to take into custody and return at a greater rate adults who entered [the United States] illegally with children.”
Johnson added that the deportation efforts would be focused on “adults and their children who were apprehended after May 1, 2014 crossing the southern border illegally; have been issued final orders of removal by an immigration court; and have exhausted appropriate legal remedies, and have no outstanding appeal or claim for asylum or other humanitarian relief under our laws.”
The immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin have a thorough understanding of immigration law, and we want to help you take the necessary steps to gain citizenship in America. If you are interested in discussing your options with an experienced and knowledgeable attorney today, call us at (512) 323-2333.