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Texas business sector seeks amendments to federal immigration laws

The business sector in Texas has been clamoring for changes to be made to federal immigration laws. Recently, several major trade associations joined the Partnership for a New American Economy, seeking to promote these changes and create a bigger legal immigrant pool from which  to pull a workforce.

Texas Restaurant Association chief executive officer Richie Jackson said Congress should rationally address the immigration issue, saying, “it is really time that we step back from the rhetoric and look at the substance that is being proposed.”

Vegetable and citrus grower representative Ray Prewitt, who also supports a move towards the naturalization of illegal immigrants in the country, said the illegal immigrants provide a workforce for the industry and “if you are going to do those enforcement things, you have to provide for the future flow of workers.”

According to polls done in Texas, Republican voters have strong views on immigration, causing some GOP candidates to take a hard stance on illegal immigration.

Our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, which is based in Austin, Texas, are experienced and skilled in helping people handle legal immigration issues that arise. To discuss your situation and find out how we can help you, call us at 512-323-2333.

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.

Activists urge House Whip to act on immigration bill in upcoming session

Around 1,500 activists arrived at the third-ranking House Republican’s congressional district in Bakersfield, California on August 14 to encourage action on the national comprehensive immigration reform bill, demanding a vote on it this fall when congressmen return from a five-week summer recess.

According to Korean Resource Center executive director Hee Joo Yoon, they would like to “send a clear message” to House Whip Kevin McCarthy, seeking that he takes action on the citizenship bill.

The GOP-led House of Representatives failed to make a decision on sweeping immigration measures, including eventual citizenship for 11 million immigrants already in the United States illegally, before the end of the last session. The Senate had already passed its version of the bill in June, which included funding for border security, different visa and workplace enforcement measures, and a 13-year road to citizenship.

Congressmen have refused to pass a single, unified bill, saying they will take these issues by piece, starting with border security.

The legal team at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help those in Austin looking for support regarding issues involving visas, green cards, citizenship, and more. To learn more about how we can help you, contact our offices today at 512-323-2333.

House Republicans intend to take time with immigration reform bill

Although the Senate passed the immigration reform bill before Majority Leader Harry Reid’s July 4 deadline, approving it on Thursday, June 27, Republicans in the House of Representatives, recently made it clear that they were in no rush to approve the so-called Gang of Eight’s plan.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (Republican of Virginia) said on Sunday, June 30, on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the House will take into consideration the bipartisan bill that came from the Senate, but that the House version would reflect the majority of the Republicans’ votes.

Illinois Democrat Representative Luis Gutierrez, a member of a bipartisan group working on a comprehensive proposal in the House, said the Republicans were crafting a “Republican solution.”

Especially with the focus on changing immigration law in the U.S., immigration has become a very complex issue. If you live in the Austin area, a lawyer at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, can help you regarding any immigration issues you are facing, such as visas and immigration status, green cards, family and employment immigration, citizenship, and deferred action. Contact our offices at 512-323-2333 today.

Amendment to immigration reform bill introduced

Hawaii Senator Brian Schatz filed an amendment to the immigration reform bill being discussed at the Senate, which seeks to allow people displaced by climate change to pursue conditional legal status, on June 27.

Schatz, according to political blog ThinkProgress, said that his bill seeks to recognize climate change as one of the factors of homelessness in the world, and that America has “an obligation not to deport people back to a country made uninhabitable by sea level rise and other extreme environmental changes that render these states desolate.”

Schatz, however, made it clear that his amendment will not make it possible for people to use it as an avenue for seeking political asylum in the United States.

If approved along with the rest of the immigration reform bill, Homeland Security in consultation with the State Department, will have the power to designate climate-change affected people as stateless persons.

Our attorneys at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, are experienced in helping people in Austin handle legal issues concerning visas and immigration status, green cards, family immigration, employment immigration, citizenship, and other immigration concerns. To learn more about how we can help you with your immigration case, call 512-323-2333.

Senate debates on immigration bill start

Debates on the Senate floor regarding the controversial national immigration reform bill finally began on June 7.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid lauded the benefits of the proposed legislation, stating it should fix many of the problems with the current immigration system. Reid said the bill is essential and makes sense, as illegal immigrants will be given a chance to make a conscious effort to conform with federal laws and it will make the U.S. a safer place.

On the other hand, Republican Senator Jeff Sessions, who is against the bill, stated that it will not be successful in terms of curbing illegal immigration, as the proposed legislation offers amnesty without really putting the law into effect.

Immigration issues can be extremely complicated to deal with, especially on your own. Thus, if you are in need of help or legal assistance regarding your immigration or naturalization issues, get in touch with a lawyer at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, by calling 512-323-2333.

Immigration advocates tentatively welcome new immigration legislation

Austin immigration advocates expressed their support for the Senate’s 844-page immigration reform bill, which is deemed to change the country’s immigration law and make it possible for 11.5 million unauthorized immigrants, with 1 million of them coming from Texas, to become naturalized as citizens. This support, however, did not come without some reservations.

The U.S. Senate finalized the long-awaited reform bill last Wednesday, April 17. Critics of the legislation bashed the provision which states that unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. after December 31, 2011 wouldn’t be allowed to apply for temporary legal status.

Austin Immigrant Rights Coalition director Esther Reyes said their group will petition to have the number of people eligible for citizenship expanded and will clamor for reforms to bring together families that have been separated by deportation or detention.

Data from Grassroots Leadership, chaired by Bob Libal, show that more than 400,000 families in Texas were separated because of deportation in 2012.

Immigration laws are complex and difficult to understand; thus, when you are in need of help regarding immigration matters, you should have a lawyer from the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, supporting you. Call 512-323-2333 to find out how our knowledge of this legal area can help you.

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