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What’s the Difference Between Political Asylum and Refugee Status?

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Considering our current political climate, most of us are sure to be familiar with terms such as political asylum or refugee status. As politicians debate immigration and foreign wars create refugee crises, the news is filled with stories of …

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What Is a Sanctuary City? And How Does It Relate to Immigration?

You may have heard the term “sanctuary city” in the news lately and you may be wondering how it plays into the immigration debate in the United States. Is this something that could help you or a family member? Should …

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Federal District Judge in Texas Temporarily Blocks Immigration Enforcement Law

On August 30, 2017, a federal district judge ruled against the state of Texas that halted an immigration enforcement law.

U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a preliminary injunction against Texas Governor Greg Abbot’s legislation that outlaws “sanctuary cities”.

A …

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What to Do If You’re Stopped by an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Officer

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Immigration is an emotional issue regardless of your legal status. Sometimes enforcement seems to be based on appearance rather than facts, and “innocent until proven guilty” is applied lightly in many situations. Life can be scary for anyone who even …

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What Immigrants Need to Know About President Trump’s Latest Executive Order

Fear and confusion have been common among immigrants as a result of Executive Orders issued by President Trump in late January. An immigration attorney in Texas with Morales & Sparks, P.L.L.C. is ready to help if you or a loved …

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NEW: Expansion of Provisional Waivers for Immigrants

Since 2013, certain immigrants have been eligible to benefit from a provisional waiver. A provisional waiver, if granted, will waive the unlawful presence ground of inadmissibility for those who are consular processing. If one receives an approved provisional waiver before …

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The Impact Of Criminal Charges On Austin, Texas Immigrants

This is the first post in a series discussing how being charged with a crime impacts immigrants in the Austin, Texas area. I felt the need to discuss the topic as there is often an overlap between criminal defense and …

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Texas Residents From Nepal May Be Eligible To Remain In the U.S. Under Temporary Protected Status

Father with scared childNepalese nationals who are residing in the United States may be eligible to remain in the country under Temporary Protected Status as a result of the earthquake that country suffered on June 24th, 2015. Nepal was designated for Temporary Protected …

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