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Defense of Marriage Act and Same-Sex Married Couples and the Immigration Implications – And, the Windsor Supreme Court Decision

Defense of Marriage Act and Same-Sex Married Couples and Immigration Implications – The Windsor Supreme Court Decision In February of 2011, Obama proclaimed the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which still remains valid law, to be unconstitutional. DOMA, enacted in 1996, defines marriage as that between “a man and a woman” and it bars the Read More

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President Trump Calling for Immigration Reform

President Trump Calling for Fair and Just Immigration Reform In 2007, the Pew Hispanic Center noted a record number of undocumented immigrants in the country, with 12 million living in the United States.  Though the number fell to 11.1 million two years later, it has largely remained steady, with 11.2 million undocumented workers calling the Read More

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Texas is number one in the Nation for collecting fines from Employers for having Undocumented (Illegal) Workers or Improper I-9s found during Immigration Audits or Raids

In 2011, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ramped up its audits of employers and they ended up having their most productive year for revenue collected from audits conducted and fines issued to employers, for hiring undocumented illegal individuals; who are classified as those who entered the country illegally and without inspection by Read More

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Immigrant avoided removal, despite conviction of a serious crime

If an immigrant, meaning the person has legal permanent residence in the United States, has been convicted of certain serious crimes, it may seem inevitable that that individual will be placed in removal proceeding before the immigration court and eventually deported and removed from the United States. Many may feel that fighting the federal government after they Read More

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Illegal Entries Decline, Focus on Deportations Ramps Up

Illegal Entries Decline, Focus on Deportations Ramps Up For the first time in decades, more people are facing deportation from inside the U.S. than are being arrested at the border for trying to enter the country illegally. Surprisingly, these records numbers have occurred during the Obama administration. In the 2011 fiscal year, which ended on Read More

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Defense bill immigration measures fail, despite bipartisan support

Defense bill immigration measures fail, despite bipartisan support Despite high hopes from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle – as well as from many young, undocumented immigrants in Texas – two recent immigration measures have failed to make it to a vote before Congress. However, both measures were proposed as amendments to a broader Read More

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President Obama signs Executive Orders on immigration reform

President Obama signs Executive Orders on immigration reform In a highly controversial move, President Barack Obama signed two executive orders recently that will delay the deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants who are currently living in the United States. This measure could have major implications for many people living without documentation in Texas, Arizona and Read More

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Can an H-4 Visa Holder Be Allowed to Legally Work in the U.S. Based on the 2015 Rule Regulating H1-B Workers

A 2015 change to an immigration regulation now allows spouses of H-1B holders the chance to work in the U.S. The change means that spouses no longer have to stay home and put a hold on their careers. Rupert Murdoch recently authored an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal advocating for broad immigration reform. One Read More

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