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What Is the Child Status Protection Act?

According to the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), individuals younger than the age of 21 are “children.” They qualify for immigration statuses under their parents’ citizenship statuses, visas, and green cards. Under old laws, dependents needed to secure their own permanent resident status before turning 21 and aging out of the “child” status eligibility protections…. read more

Can I Get Deported for Shoplifting?

Shoplifting is taken seriously in U.S. stores. They will prosecute individuals for even the smallest of theft offenses. For immigrants, shoplifting represents a real deportation risk. While not all shoplifters face deportation, the act will increase the likelihood of immigration issues. An arrest alone can warrant a residency adjustment denial. A conviction can, in certain… read more

What Immigrants Need to Know After Hurricane Harvey

At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey displaced around 13 million people in Texas and Louisiana, including citizens and undocumented residents. Houston alone is home to an estimated 600,000 undocumented immigrants who are struggling with how to handle the aftermath of the storm. The massive storm made history. It caused catastrophic flooding and damage that… read more

What Happens with the Repeal of DACA?

With hashtags like #defendDACA and #StandWithDREAMers circulating around social media, it’s hard to miss the news that President Trump has opted to repeal DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The White House announced that DACA, a program the Obama administration created in 2012, is illegal and will end after a six-month grace period wherein… read more

Criminal Charges for Looting and Burglary During Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey may have passed, but its repercussions are still affecting thousands throughout Texas. It is a sad reality that some people will use a natural disaster for their own personal gain. Cases of looting and burglary in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey are proof that some people have no boundaries when it comes to… read more

Sanctuary City Ban Could Cost Texas Billions

Due to recent political changes, the climate in Texas has buzzed with controversy. Adjustments to immigration laws have left thousands confused about their rights as documented or undocumented immigrants. When Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill in May, 2017, that would ban sanctuary cities, it caused a great rift within the state. Although a federal… read more

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