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The History and Current State of DACA

The DREAM Act

Before Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) began in 2012, Attorney Julie Sparks worked closely with DREAMers to push the Obama administration to take action in their favor. The name “DREAMer” comes from the Development, Relief, and

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The Immigration Court System Is Broken

United States Immigration Courts

In a recent episode of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, Oliver highlighted the current state of our nation’s immigration courts and the decisions being made by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the Department of Justice …

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Are Non-Citizens Eligible for Habeas Corpus?

are non-citizens eligible for habeas corpus

One of the central tenants of the American legal system is the writ of habeas corpus. These petitions grant rights to individuals who are potentially wrongfully detained.

In the United States, the state has the right to detain individuals …

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

political asylum vs refugee status

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?

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

immigration detention lawyers

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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