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What Is the International Entrepreneur Rule?

The International Entrepreneur Rule is a piece of proposed legislation by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to encourage the immigration of foreign entrepreneurs into the United States. Courts finalized the rule, which was set to go into effect on July 17, 2017 – until the Trump administration passed an order delaying its initiation…. read more

Can a Felon Own a Gun in Texas?

Gun ownership is one of the many rights an individual gives up when he or she becomes a convicted felon in Texas. Texans must comply with federal and state gun laws when it comes to purchasing a rifle or handgun in the state. These laws restrict ownership rights according to rules by the Texas Department… read more

Trump’s Immigration Ban Takes Partial Effect

The U.S. Supreme Court recently came to a unanimous decision to let parts of President Donald Trump’s travel ban take effect until the court can decide on the rest of the measure’s legality. In October, the Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the order and make a final decision. Until then, part of the executive… read more

Do Illegal Immigrants Really Not Pay Taxes?

Illegal, or undocumented, immigrants live under the stigma that they work in the United States without paying federal taxes. While this may be true for some, studies show that this is the exception, not the rule. Estimates from the Social Security Administration show that nearly half of illegal immigrants in the U.S. workforce (around 3.4… read more

Overview of Texas Immigration Laws

The new U.S. presidential administration has already led to changes in the ways immigration laws around the country are enforced. In the state of Texas, documented and undocumented immigrants may not understand the current laws or their rights. Understanding Texas’ laws about immigration checks, law enforcement privileges, educational institution rules, and laws within the workplace… read more

Texas Cities to Sue Over Sanctuary City Ban – SB 4

Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), the Sanctuary City Ban, is a newly passed bill that aims to crack down on state immigration laws. It bans sanctuary cities, or those cities that do not fully cooperate with U.S. immigration enforcement agents. The bill, signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott, also imposes hefty fines on jurisdictions… read more

Your Guide to Facing Murder Charges in Texas

Investigations into murders and murder charges can feel overwhelming for the suspect and close family and friends. If you know what to expect, you can face the charges as an informed citizen. This is what you should know about murder charges in Texas. How Texas Defines Murder Texas recognizes four types of criminal homicide: capital… read more

Houston Hit and Run Charges

Texas classifies crimes associated with leaving the scene of an accident as either misdemeanors or felonies. In either case, driving away after hitting someone is a bad idea. While most people rationally know not to leave the scene, they may not act rationally in the moment. Fear, adrenaline, ignorance, carelessness, or other factors may lead… read more

Parents: What to Do if Your Child Was Caught Shoplifting

According to data compiled by Statistic Brain in 2016, 25% of shoplifters are kids, 55% of shoplifters say they began stealing in their teens, and 89% of kids say they know others who shoplift. The problem is pervasive, but it may not hit home until you receive the call saying your child is in custody…. read more

What Are Sanctuary Cities?

Immigration has been at the forefront of political debate. From either side of the aisle, both critics and proponents of stronger immigration laws have been debating the issue of “sanctuary cities.” But what are these sanctuary cities, and what kind of legal protections do they offer immigrants who fear deportation? Sanctuary, from a Legal Standpoint… read more