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Chicago activist to be tried in Detroit court for immigration case

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.


Judge issues temporary injunction on Dilley immigration detention center

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.


Texas immigration facility to accomodate transgender people

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.


Judge to decide to appoint lawyers to immigrating children

Government lawyers on Thursday, March 24 asked Judge Thomas Zilly to remove certain children’s names in a lawsuit that seeks to mandate court-appointed attorneys for indigent children who have entered the United States in an illegal manner.

However, lawyers for the New York City based non-profit organization American Civil Liberties Union and immigration rights groups claimed that any child sent to an immigration court has a constitutional right to a fair trial, which could only occur if he/she would be provided with his/her own lawyer. The ACLU also asked Zilly to expand the case to cover children across the country.

Zilly stated after a four-hour hearing that he would take both panels’ propositions under advisement and make a ruling at a later date.

If you are experiencing immigration difficulties or concerns with your immigration to the United States, please reach out to our experienced attorneys at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin today by calling our offices at (512) 323-2333. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team to find out what legal options may be best for your case.


Asians projected to become largest immigrant group in the U.S.

In a new immigration study conducted by the Pew Research Center on Monday, Sept. 28, Asians will become the largest group of immigrants to head to the United States, surging past Hispanics, due to a major shift in immigration patterns within the next 50 years.

The study focuses on events happening by 2065, but notes that major changes will come around the year 2055.

Currently, immigrants comprise 14% of the total U.S. population, increasing from 5% in 1965.

By 2055, Asians are expected to become the largest immigrant group at 36%, while Hispanics are at 34%. White immigrants, who were listed at 80% back in 1965, will be listed at between 18% and 20% while black immigrants will be within the 8% to 9% range.

At the Austin Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Korean immigration attorneys can help you and your family handle any issues surrounding immigration to the United States. Call our Austin offices today at (512) 323-2333.


Austin’s Asian American Quality of Life Initiative expected to bring bright results

Austin, Texas’s initiative – the Asian American Quality of Life Initiative – which copies similar efforts for the city’s African-Americans and Hispanics, is still in its preliminary stages, but city officials and non-profit organizations have been saying that some of the challenges facing members of Asian communities are in the process of being addressed.

According to city demographer Ryan Robinson, Asians who immigrated to Austin increased to 6.5% of the population from 3.3% of the population between the years 1990 and 2012. Robinson noted that the number of Asians living in Austin may exceed the African-American population in the years to come.

Asian American Cultural Resource Center executive director Esther Chung Martin said the Asian community in Austin, comprised of individuals from two dozen nations from Mongolia to Pakistan including Filipinos, Taiwanese, Thais, Afghans, and refugees from Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal, is “a huge spectrum of languages, religions, and cultures.”

If you have legal concerns regarding your immigration status in the United States, consult with our experienced attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, in Austin by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.


11-year-old boy dies while on the way into the U.S. border

An 11-year-old immigrant from El Salvador lost his life on Thursday, August 6 after suffering from a heat stroke near the Anzalduas International Bridge, south of Mission, Texas – just near the United States border.

A Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue (BORSTAR) team immediately responded to the accident site once they learned about the incident.

According to the statement released by BORSTAR officials to local news channel KGBT-TV in Harlingten, the boy was unresponsive when emergency medical responders got to him, and so they transported him via helicopter to a local hospital for testing, evaluation, and possible treatment.

Unfortunately, the boy succumbed to his injuries, which were allegedly due to heat exhaustion, the U.S. Border Patrol stated.


Jeb Bush outlines immigration plans

Ahead of the first scheduled Republican primary debates, former Governor of Florida and a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, John Ellis “Jeb” Bush, outlined his immigration plan should he be elected as President of the United States.

The plan has six points and is mostly based on ideas he enumerated in his 2013 book entitled Immigration Wars, which he co-wrote with Phoenix, Arizona-based Goldwater Institute Vice President for litigation, Clint Bolick.

Part of his plan recommends taking away federal funds from sanctuary cities like Austin, Texas in order to bolster enforcement of the country’s immigration laws. However, an article in the Austin American Statesman discussing this immigration plan highlighted the confusion that can surround the term “sanctuary city,” highlighting that for some, the term applies to cities that don’t enforce ICE requested detainers, whereas for others, the term is simply applied to cities where law enforcement officers do not inquire as to a person’s immigration status when stopped or detained.

With constantly changing immigration laws and regulations, applying for and securing the proper visa status is an unfortunately complicated issue. However, by working with an experienced immigration attorney, many are able to quickly and easily secure the proper documentation to live and work in the United States. If you are looking to live or work in the U.S., the Austin immigration lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, are ready to put their years of experience and understanding of immigration laws to work for you. Call us today at (512) 323-2333 to learn more about how we can help.

 


Immigrant deportations decrease further under Obama administration

Under President Barack Obama’s administration, the government has been deporting the fewest numbers of illegal immigrants in nearly a decade, Fox 7 News reported on April 29.

As of mid-April, federal immigration officials have deported around 127,000 individuals since the fiscal year commenced in October.

If this trend continues, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement will have deported the fewest number of illegal immigrants since the administration of former President George W. Bush removed around 207,700 individuals from the country in 2006.

Following a record high year of deportations in 2012, number 409,849, the Obama administration has increasingly decreased the use of this procedure.

Immigration can be a complicated affair, as the process may take years to successfully complete. If you are attempting to wade through the nuanced immigration process, seek the help of the attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, in Austin. Call our offices at (512) 323-2333 today to learn about seeking a visa or citizenship in the U.S.


Suspension of Obama’s executive action on immigration remains

United States District Judge Andrew Hanen ruled a few days ago to maintain a temporary hold originally instituted on President Barrack Obama’s national comprehensive immigration reform measure on February 16, rejecting a Department of Justice request to proceed with the executive action, KTTC reported.

The executive action issued by the Obama administration seeks to delay deportation of certain illegal immigrants, such as the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

However, Hanen’s recent ruling means the Obama administration still cannot implement the measure that would ultimately allow as many as 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country.

The Justice Department already made appeals to the Fifth United States Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans to lift Hanen’s injunction. The court is scheduled to hear arguments on whether or not it should lift the injunction on April 17.

Twenty-six states, led by Texas, filed a lawsuit that resulted in Hanen’s February 16 ruling to stop Obama’s executive action.

If you need assistance applying for visas or citizenship to aid in your immigration, the attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, in Austin may be able to help. Call our offices at (512) 323-2333 today to learn more.

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