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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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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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How A Criminal Conviction Impacts Austin Immigrants Seeking Legal Status

Judge holding gavelThis is the next post in my series on how being charged with a crime impacts immigrants in the Austin, Texas area. My last post discussed the impact of search and seizure issues in both criminal and immigration law. This …

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Austin Immigrants Need To Understand The Relationship Between Immigration Law And Criminal Defense

Blue flashing sirens of police carThis is the second post in my series on how being charged with a crime impacts immigrants in the Austin, Texas area. My last post provided a general overview of topics we will be discussing and stressed the need to …

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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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DHS To Discontinue Long-Term Detention Of Immigrant Families

Father and childrenThe Department of Homeland Security announced important policy changes on June 24th, 2015. DHS Secretary Jeh C. Johnson, in a press release, announced a series of measures meant to curb the long-term detention of families being held in family residential …

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Immigration Reform Series Wrap-Up

Hispanic man standing behind an American flagThis is the final post in our series discuss issues that undocumented Texas residents should be aware of regarding recent immigration reform laws. Throughout our series, we have extensively discussed the DACA and DAPA programs and sought to answer common …

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How Texas Families Can Prepare While Immigration Reform Moves Through the Courts

Family sitting in front of houseThis is the next post in our series discussing what Texas residents should know about recent immigration reform. Our last post discussed the recent injunction a Federal Judge in District Court passed regarding the DACA expansion plan and DAPA. In …

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How A Recent Texas District Court Injunction Is Impacting Immigration Reform

Judge issuing a court orderThis is the next post in our series discussing what undocumented Texas residents need to know about current immigration reforms. Our last post discussed when a person with a criminal record should consider applying for DACA or DAPA. In …

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