Donald Trump’s Immigration Policy

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So far he has offered scant details on his immigration policy other than, a wall should be build separating mexico and the United States.  He recently visited the Texas/Mexico border at Laredo Texas where he stated “in certain sections you have to have a wall.”  .  He also says there is great danger from the illegals.  No doubt this red meat will further increase his polling numbers, but it is really a tenable position to hold on immigration?  This country is in dire need of immigration reform if any reason, than for security purposes.  They have been talking about a wall for years and I honestly don’t see any progress on that horizon either.  Is it wise to wait until the “wall” is build before we see any reform?  It seems like a security flaw to follow this route, but what does a simple San Antonio immigration attorney know about these things, lol.  Read about Trump’s Laredo trip here.  


Alert-“DACA recipients must return improperly issued 3 year work permits by July 17”

The Department of Homeland Security Citizenship and Immigration Service has issued a reminder to all DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) to return any cards that were improperly issued with three year validity periods.  According to the release, two years cards have already been issued to replace the cards with the three year expiration.  If you have received a letter from Citizenship and Immigration Services or are worried that you haven’t received a letter please call our office on how to proceed.

DHS Employees Colluding with known hate groups

Please read through this excellent article exposing the fact that some DHS employees including those from Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have actually been colluding with anti immigrant groups, at least one of which was designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  DHS employees are supposed to have a top secret security clearance and I just don’t understand how they can undermine America’s security and sharing classified info with any group much less one designated as hate group.  Things are not as secure as they seem and this story shows just how easy it is to share insider information with outsiders.  What is to stop these rouge employees from sharing with other hate groups including neo nazis ISIL or even al-queda?  I hope the authorities are looking into this because it appears to be a serious threat to national security.  DHS Shares info with Anti Immigrant Hate Groups?

Supreme Courts Declines Immigration Case

Today the Supreme Court declined to hear a case emanating from one of the nation’s hotbeds of anti-immigrant laws.  The case was filed by the State of Arizona and its infamously bigoted Sheriff, Joe Arpaio. because the Ninth Court of Appeals struck down a 2006 Arizona law denying bail to immigrants convicted of felonies.  The lower court struck the case down on due process claims, and because the law was overly broad.  Apparently, the Supreme Court agreed with this reasoning because they rejected the appeal.  I’ll bet Mr. Arpaio is mad as hell too, but I’m sure he’ll live to hate another day.

Can a Republican win without trashing immigrants in the process?

What ever happened to campaigning on a positive message instead of saying what you will not do, doesn’t it make more sense to tell the public what you will do?  Everyone knows the President is extremely limited on the steps they can take to reform the immigration laws.  The extent of their flexibility only applies to enforcement priorities. It’s up to congress to do the rest.  Honestly I don’t think it’s fair to expect any president can to much to enact immigration laws.  If we really want immigration reform, it must come from congress, and congress, has not been in a mood to deal with immigration for at least 15 years, and there is no end in sight.

Writing on the wall

Presidential hopeful and perennial immigration flip flopper has thrown out some red meat for tea partiers to chew on.  During his first week of his presidency, the presidential hopeful would undue President Obama’s 2012 and 2014 executive orders on Immigration.  This would mean no more provisional waivers for unlawful presence, no more deferred action for childhood arrivals and definitely no more Deferred Action for parental accountability (DAPA).  This is sad news for many reasons but primarily because he obviously feels like he can’t get elected unless he takes this stance.  The exact same problem Mitt Romney had with his presidential run.  They say those who do not learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat them over and over again.  For the time being, if you qualify for any of these programs, please make sure you take advantage of them before they’re gone.  If we do get a GOP president, your undocumented parents and children are fair game.  You’ve been warned!

Fiscal Year 2016 H1b cap met in first seven days of the month.

Did your case make the cut?  Each year, USCIS received several thousand more H1b cases than they can possibly accept (65,000).  A lottery will be instituted for those cases that were accepted before the cap was met.  Keep your fingers crossed, but don’t forget, you can’t begin employment on H1b until October 1, 2015 (provided your case is approved)!

Mayors of USA call for end to Executive Action Delay

This delay in the President’s order have affected the economies of major cities in the USA and stunted the advantages that would flow from the law including job creation, increased tax revenue, and improved public safety.  Let’s hope their request does not fall on deaf ears.

US Representative Joaquin Castro confident, executive orders on immigration reform be resolved quickly

US Representative Joaquin Castro expressed hope the President’s Executive Order on Immigration reform would be resolved in short order.  Enactment would further improve the US economy.  The Center for American Progress (CAP) hosted a press call about the fiscal benefits of Obama’s two deferred action programs – the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) programs. The two programs would grant approximately 4.9 million eligible undocumented immigrants the opportunity to stay in the U.S., avoid deportation for three years and obtain a work permit.