Austin Immigration Attorney

More than 360,000 immigrants deported from the U.S. in 2013

Around 368,644 immigrants to the United States were sent out of the country by the Obama administration in 2013, according to a high-ranking official from the nation’s immigration agency. John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said 235,093 of the total number of deported immigrants were arrested within the vicinity of the U.S.-Mexico border.

In 2012, ICE deported more than 409,000 immigrants. Over 1.9 million immigrants have been deported via the actions of ICE since 2009.

Our lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can be counted on to help people in Austin who want to work, live, and stay in the United States. If you are dealing with immigration-related issues, from visas to residency and more, don’t hesitate to contact us at 512-323-2333 today.

Angry protests result in cancellation of “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game” at UT

The “Catch an Illegal Immigrant Game,” spearheaded by the Young Conservatives of Texas chapter at the University of Texas, scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 was cancelled after it was met with angry protests all over the country. The fallout from the media attention the group and “game” received is now a concern of republican politicians in the state.

Immigration issues are a major issue in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor candidacy, with candidates Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, Texas Senator Dan Patrick, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, and State Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples all aiming to repeal the Texas DREAM Act, a state law that enables students taken to Texas illegally as children to obtain in-state university tuition.

Democratic candidate state senator Leticia van de Putte, who filed for candidacy for lieutenant governor  during the last week of November, said “the Texas DREAM Act…which has been in effect for 12 years…is misguided in its focus.”

Our compassionate and skilled attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, are committed to helping immigrants in Austin resolve their cases regarding such issues as green cards, employment immigration, citizenship, and deferred action, in addition to other immigration concerns. Call our offices today at 512-323-2333.

Immigration advocacy groups call on Obama for help

Many pro-immigrant groups have asked President Barack Obama to utilize his power as the country’s chief executive in order to halt the sudden deportation of immigrants.

Groups, like America’s Voice, are demanding reasonable solutions to the unresolved immigration status of nearly 11 million illegal U.S. immigrants.

Advocacy groups have called upon Obama to broaden his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which aims to reunite children brought illegally into the United States with their parents.

The groups also suggested that Obama order immigration officers to delay action against laborers who helped prosecute law-violating employers, as well as laborers who are not threats to national security.

Immigration law in the United States can be particularly strict. Many people looking to apply for visas or become a United States citizen consult legal help. The experienced Austin attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang PLLC, specialize in immigration law. If you are interested in resolving immigration issues, call 512-323-2333 today.

Growing number of exchange students in the U.S.

The 2013 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange showed that the 2012-2013 school year brought in record numbers of international exchange students to United States colleges and universities. Approximately 819,644 undergraduate and graduate exchange students are studying at U.S. institutions.

International students have given around $24 billion to the U.S. economy for the school year. Chinese, Indian, and South Korean students now comprise 49% of the total number of international students in the country.

According to the report, the majority of exchange students choose to study in California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, and Illinois.

In many cases, immigration laws can prevent people from entering the United States and participating in higher education programs. If you are interested in obtaining legal documentation and you live in the Austin area, contact the Law Office of William Jang PLLC, at (512) 323-2333.

 

New memo provides support to immigrant family members of military service members

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, we are pleased to see that President Obama’s administration recently sent out a memo regarding changes it made to parole being awarded to immigrants who are family members of military members, veterans, and those in the selected reserve of the ready reserve.

The old regulations regarding the granting of parole to immigrants, whether those already in the country or those looking to enter the country, stated that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) would use its own discretion to award parole and do so in a limited manner. While this section still stands, the memo stated that people who are the parents, spouses, or children of either an active duty military member, veteran, or member (both past and present) of the selected reserve of the ready reserve should have this status play a significant role in being granted parole.

Should a family member of any of these qualifying service members be granted temporary parole, they may then have the option of seeking adjustment of status, potentially allowing them to obtain permanent residency. This will depend on their relationship to the U.S. citizen who is a military service member.

Whether you have questions about this new amendment or regarding other immigration issues, our Austin-based team at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help you. Call (512) 323-2333 to discuss your situation and immigration needs with us.

Obama prioritizes national comprehensive immigration reform law

President Barack Obama stated on Thursday, October 24 that it is imperative Congress pass a national comprehensive immigration reform law. White House officials have proclaimed that this goal is at the top of Obama’s agenda for his talk at the East Room of the White House, to be participated in by members of both the Senate and the House.

With the government shutdown finally concluded during the third week of October, Obama has made the immigration reform law his priority and has tasked Congress with finishing deliberations on the proposed legislation this year so the law could be signed at least by early next year.

The Senate passed its bipartisan version of the bill last June and wants the House to follow suit. Republicans in the House of Representatives, however, are more amenable to a piece-by-piece type of legislation.

The United States’ immigration law is complex, often making it difficult for immigrants to get the citizenship, visas, and more. If you are struggling with immigration-related issues, our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help. Call us at 512-323-2333 today.

Immigration policies affect 2014 Texas elections

With the 2014 election cycle in Texas looming around the corner, immigration policy is becoming one of the year’s most important issues.

Houston Senator Dan Patrick’s first television ad in his bid as lieutenant governor portrayed his disapproval of a law that allows children of immigrants who illegally entered the United States to pay in-state tuition if they were otherwise verified as Texas residents.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst also voiced their opposition for the law.

If you or a loved one are an immigrant seeking citizenship, an experienced immigration lawyer may be able to assist you. Please contact our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, by calling 512-323-2333 to discuss your legal options today.

Nationwide protesters rally for immigration reform

Over 150 cities nationwide rallied Saturday, October 5 to urge Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives to act on the pending issue of immigration reform in the country.

Austin Immigrants Rights Coalition executive director Alejandro Caceres said 14% of the total immigration population in the United States resides in Texas. Their organization is pushing for comprehensive immigration reform.

Moreover, the PEW Research Center said that nearly three out of every four children of illegal immigrants are technically U.S. citizens by birth.

Caceres noted that a daily crisis for immigrant families in Texas is when they get targeted by immigration officials even if they have no criminal record.

Caceres added that with every day the House delays acting on immigration laws, 1,100 immigrants are deported.

If you or a loved one are facing immigration concerns, you need a dedicated attorney on your side. Please contact an experienced attorney at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC,  to discuss your Austin immigration issues and needs by calling 512-323-2333.

House debates immigration overhaul

Republican congressmen at the House of Representatives are working towards reviving discussions about a national immigration reform which would naturalize 11,000 immigrants already in the United States.

House judiciary committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (Republican of Virginia) is working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor to design a measure that would grant citizenship to 11,000 immigrants.

Goodlatte is pushing for the House to cast its vote by the end of October, but so far House leaders have yet to make a commitment.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of William Jang, PLLC in Austin understand that immigrants face many complications while attempting to live and work in the United States. If you or a loved one are facing a complicated immigration situation, please call 512-323-2333 to speak with an experienced immigration attorney today.

Anxiety fills Democrats regarding immigration reform bill as 2013’s session close nears

Congressional Democrats are still hoping that Congress may be able to pass a law on immigration reform that would pave the way for the 11 million illegal immigrants already in the United States to become naturalized citizens. However, they admitted that time might be running out and the issue might not be worked out until next year, or even longer than that, if Republicans in the House still fail to pass its own version of the bill approved by the Senate last June.

U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela (Democrat-Brownsville) said budget issues, the debt ceiling, and the government shutdown will likely fill the agenda on the floor, and that discussions regarding the Syria conflict have already eaten into Congress’s schedule.

According to the House calendar, Congress will only have nine more weeks of session for the year since its resumption on September 9 before it goes on break again.

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our attorneys understand the many problems that Austin residents face when it comes to immigration and visas. If you or a family member is struggling with these often complex legal issues, call us at 512-323-2333.

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