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Protests held to advocate for protection of immigrant rights

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.”

We at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC are committed to providing you with the legal support and representation you need when it comes to processing your immigration into the United States. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333.

Sanctuary cities in danger of funding cuts under Trump administration?

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 Law Office of 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 (512) 323-2333.

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.”

Our immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC have the necessary experience, training, and resources to help families and individuals in need of immigration services. Contact us at (512) 323-2333 to discuss your situation.

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.

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.

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.

Trump wants ‘extreme vetting’ of potential United States immigrants

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.

An anti-immigration policy is bad for long-term electoral posturing according to experts

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.

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