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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.


Democratic nomination hopefuls debate immigration policies

Immigration reform was a major topic at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, February 18 as both Democratic candidates for president – former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – sought to convince Nevada’s Hispanic population that their policies and plans would be the best match to address such a controversial issue.

Sanders, who promised to pass comprehensive immigration reform, said, “My immigration policy is to unite families, not to divide families.” While he made a point to remind viewers that he would need the help of Congress to pass such reforms, he concluded by commenting on the serious nature of the issue, and acknowledging the “11 million people in the shadows.”

Clinton went the more direct route, saying she would do away with rules under the current immigration law known as the three- and ten-year provisions, which stipulate that illegal immigrants who have family members who are citizens have to wait three or ten years outside of the country before they can come back and be granted a green card.

If you are interested in exploring legal options for entering the United States, the immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC are here to help. We want to share our years of experience and insight in order to help you through the complex process of entering the country. Call us at (512) 323-2333 today to learn more.


ICE to start nationwide deportation efforts this year

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.


Immigration reform advocates note errors in the refugee system

Since the increase in arrivals of Central American migrants in 2014, many of them seeking asylum have been rejected because of a lack of legal representation, or because these individuals have missed a court date. Immigration judges have ruled that such migrants are candidates for deportation. There have been reports that United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers (who are in charge of immigration raids under the Department of Homeland Security) have active plans to take migrants from their homes.

Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles executive director Angelica Salas recently said in a statement: “In their haste to return the migrants home, the U.S. government has failed to ensure Central American migrants have proper representation in court, and as a result, many have been wrongly denied asylum and/or deported in absentia.”

The legal help of our qualified immigration attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC can be an essential part of your journey to gaining citizenship in the United States. To get in touch with a member of our legal team, call our offices in Austin today at (512) 323-2333.


Immigration reform advocates hold 35 mile march to Governor’s Mansion

Austin, Texas-based nonprofit organization Workers Defense Project has held a demonstration that called for immigration reform by conducting a 35-mile protest march from the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in Williamson County, an area which houses asylum-seeking immigrants, to the Governor’s Mansion in downtown Austin.

Texas Governor Gregory Abbott has been staunchly opposed to immigration reform during his time in office, as evidenced by his filing a lawsuit in December of last year that sought to halt an executive action by President Barack Obama that would delay the deportation of around 5 million illegal immigrants. The Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a Texas judge’s injunction of Obama’s initiatives in a ruling issued in November of this year.

The WDP advocated hope Gov. Abbott will recognize their cause as they seek to inform him that nearly 70 percent of Texans support immigration reform. At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our legal team of immigration attorneys work to assist immigrants as they apply for temporary and permanent visas in order to live and work in the United States. To learn more about the various services we offer, call (512) 323-2333 today.


Abbott’s immigration actions denounced by protesters

People from all over the state of Texas who are opposed to Texas Governor Gregory Wayne Abbott’s views and actions regarding immigration reform marched on the streets of Austin, Texas until they reached the Governor’s Mansion on Saturday, November 21, a day which, incidentally, is the first anniversary of the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). The marchers were attempting to call Governor Abbott’s attention to what they believe to be misguided opinions and political errors on his part in relation to immigration reform.

Aside from showing their support for the DAPA initiative, the people in the march also supported the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which was started by United States President Barack Obama in 2012 and made it possible for undocumented immigrant children to obtain their first identification cards, get legal work permits, and avoid deportation.

Get in touch with our attorneys at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC in Austin if you are experiencing an immigration issue by calling our offices today at (512) 323-2333.


Appeals Court decision a major blow to DAPA

An appeals court dealt a major blow to President Barack Obama’s executive action to delay deportation of more than 4 million undocumented immigrants a year after it was issued, effectively upholding a preliminary injunction which was filed by 25 states and was granted in February to block implementation of the measure.

In its decision, released last Tuesday, November 10, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, led by Circuit Judge Jerry Smith, held that the President’s initiative, called the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), “affects the states’ ‘quasi-sovereign’ interests by imposing substantial pressure on them to change their laws, which provide for issuing drivers’ licenses to some aliens and subsidizing those licenses.”

This decision marks yet another example of the struggles immigrants face when attempting to gain citizenship in America. At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin legal team of immigration attorneys understands the complex process of gaining legal citizenship, and we want to help you through that ordeal so that you and your family may begin your new life in the United States. To learn more, call (512) 323-2333 today.


Austin city leaders ask Texas to reconsider DAPA suit

Although Texas is one of the most vocal among the states objecting to President Obama’s executive measure to delay the deportation of some undocumented immigrants in the United States, not all of the state’s leaders agree with former state attorney general, now Governor, Greg Abbott’s lawsuit. In fact, two officials, Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, have spoken out against the state’s attempts to fight the President’s plan.

Twenty-six states, including Texas, filed a lawsuit last December to block the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program, also called DAPA, a measure which would allow certain immigrants who have lived in the U.S. since 2010 and are parents of legal citizens to be exempt from deportation for a temporary period.

In a rally held on Saturday, October 13, Adler urged Texas Governor Gregory Wayne Abbott to meet with immigrant families in the community so that he could understand their plight.

The attorneys at Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, are here to help clients struggling with a number of immigration issues. Contact our offices by calling (512) 323-2333 today to learn how we can help you.


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.


Mexican government issues warning to Texas over failure to grant birth certificates

The government of Mexico recently warned the state of Texas that it was jeopardizing its currently friendly relationships with the country by refusing to issue birth certificates to children born to undocumented immigrants in the state, even though they held consular identification cards that were issued by the Mexican Consulate.

Mexican officials pointed out that it is widely accepted for “friendly nations” to accept various forms of identification, such as foreign passports, in order to issue birth certificates to children born of immigrants in the United States. The brief filed by the Mexican government was in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of six different children who were born in the U.S. to undocumented parents from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, and who were not issued a birth certificate by the state of Texas.

The Mexican government has also asked Texas to articulate which specific forms of identification it requires in order for birth certificates to be issued to the children of non-U.S. citizens.

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