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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 10, 2013 – Federal immigration authorities have released a number of detainees around the country to save money. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) field offices have reportedly been told to examine the number of detained immigrants under their care to ensure that the jail population does not exceed the budgetary limits. A spokesperson for ICE has reported that a number of immigrants previously detained were released and are now under a more “cost effective” form of supervision as part of a budget-cutting measure. The spokesperson declined to say how many people were included […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) April 3, 2013 – U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement agents may have been contemplating extensive profiling. According to The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, emails have been obtained which strongly indicate that the U.S. government was contemplating racial profiling to meet deportation quotas. Emails from May 2012 show at least 10 initiatives by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement to bump the number of deported “criminal aliens,” including a plan that involved working with that state’s Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The ACLU has voiced concern that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 14, 2013 – The White House has announced that it is geared up for the push for immigration reform. The President has stated that he plans to hold a series of meetings with labor leaders, corporate business heads and progressive community leaders to lobby for their support of U.S. immigration reform in early 2013. The Administration continues to face resistance from some Republicans who have yet to agree with the President on how to approach immigration reform. The U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, in a speech to conservative American Enterprise Institute, indicated that […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 7, 2013 – Foreign students come to the U.S. to study STEM, and then must leave to work elsewhere. Now a group of senators is pushing for a fast track system to award green cards to foreign students working on STEM degrees. Business owners are increasingly vocal about their concerns that U.S. immigration laws are creating a national “brain drain,” sending away foreign students who come to the U.S. to study in one of the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Many of the students have landed in a U.S. college or university, […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 8, 2013 – The latest data from the U.S. government shows that almost 410,000 people were deported during the fiscal year ending September, 2012. That number does not come as a shock to critics; while President Obama has stated that his administration supports a path to citizenship for a large number of undocumented immigrants, a record 1.5 million were deported during his first term in office. More than 50 percent of the people deported during the last fiscal year were convicted of nonviolent crimes, including driving under the influence and minor drug offenses. According […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) February 1, 2013 – Last November, voters in Montana passed LR-121, which prohibits some state services from being used by undocumented immigrants. The law took effect in January, 2013. The Montana Education Association, the Montana Federation of Teachers and the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance have teamed together to ask the courts to declare LR-121 unconstitutional, stating it will require Montana state agencies to enforce federal immigration laws, placing state agencies in a role not unlike the Department of Homeland Security. While the goal of LR-121 might have been to target undocumented immigrants who use state […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 15, 2013 – Immigration reform does need to happen, even on the Republican side. That is the argument by Republican Representative Ted Poe. A December 2012 column in Politico.com, written by Rep. Ted Poe, stated that the Republican party needs to change course, especially when it comes to immigration reform. The system is broken, says Poe, and a real fix needs to include an approach that is sensible and actually workable. The fix must have clear guidelines to reasonably address the issues of both day laborers and highly-skilled laborers, for a way to treat […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) January 2, 2013 – December 18 was International Migrants Day. International Migrants Day is observed world wide, and was designated in 2000 by the General Assembly of United Nations. On December 18, 1990, the General Assembly agreed upon an international convention which outlined rights for migrant workers and their family members. The day was chosen to take into account the vast and still-increasing number of people working throughout the world. Now, International Migrants Day is observed in many different countries, by governmental and non-governmental organizations, human rights organizations and political freedom orginizations. The goal of […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 10, 2012 – President Obama’s reelection has sparked new hope for the tech community. Top software developers are waiting in foreign counties, startup CEOs say, and it is hoped the White House administration will prioritize immigration reform. “The immigration system, as it currently stands, is not helping high-tech startups in the U.S,” agrees Houston immigration attorney Annie Banerjee. There are numerous startup heads, from New York to San Jose, who have stated that they cannot find and retain enough good engineers due to a shortage of visas and green cards for temporary workers to […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 3, 2012 – At least one Republican is talking about doing something to help immigrants, in the short term. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the leader of the US Senate, recently remarked that he is putting a top priority on immigration reform. In fact, he stated that he would chase Republican votes on immigration, including Senator John McCain of Arizona. McCain had supported reform measures earlier, but toughened his stance in the face of backlash from conservatives. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida), has floated his own proposal to grant temporary visas for undocumented immigrants, and […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2012 – California Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced signing a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to get driver licenses. AB2189, helmed by Assemblyman Gil Cedillo, allows the California Department of Motor Vehicles to issue drivers’ licenses to undocumented immigrants, eligible to work under Obama’s new administration policy. The Department may accept the deferred action program documentation the government provides as residency proof. Cedillo has stated that the bill will ensure safer roads, with immigrants able to commute as licensed drivers. He said the bill and Gov. Brown’s signature was a way to support public […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) November 7, 2012 – According to a new study by John Hopkins University, immigrant children who emigrated to the U.S. prior to their teenage years score higher in school engagement and academic achievements than U.S-born kids. The study found that this was true for both Hispanic children and Asian children, if they were provided similar family and socioeconomic backgrounds. The immigrant children were also found to do better in school as they age, as reflected in college scores. The study, published in a recent issue of Child Development, looked at more than 10,000 children between […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 11, 2012 – Kansas Secretary of State, Kris Kobach filed a lawsuit to block granting deferred action to “DREAMers.” The lawsuit, filed by Koback as lead attorney and backed by Virginia-based, anti-immigration organization Numbers USA, includes members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is intended to stop the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA) initiative, a plan to grant undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. as children from being deported for at least the next two years. The lawsuit alleges that DACA forces ICE agents to either break the law by not deporting illegal […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) October 4, 2012 – In June, the White House offered immigrants “deferred action” if they were brought to the U.S. as children, and if they otherwise qualify under the DREAM Act. This announcement was an effective stopgap measure which froze deportation proceedings for many young immigrants. Congress is now drafting a solution to give permanent residence to those who qualify. This deferment, the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” (DACA), means that the Department of Homeland Security has (DHS) has decided that the individual is not a high priority for immigration enforcement, and the DHS does […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 21, 2012 – The U.S. Justice department just sided with California’s Supreme Court, stating that an undocumented immigrant who wants to practice law in California cannot do so. Sergio Garcia, 35, asked to sit for his California bar exam. He has the support of California’s Attorney General, Kamala Harris, who described Garcia as “a model of the self-reliant and self-sufficient immigrant” in an amicus brief. He was also supported by the California State Bar Association. However, Sergio Garcia is not a legal citizen of the United Sates. California’s Supreme court asked that the U.S. […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 2012 – One more obstacle in the way of highly-skilled immigrant employment in the U.S. has been pushed aside. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently released his Senate Judiciary Committee hold on H.R. 3012, also known as the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, allowing it go forward to a Senate vote early next year. The Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act is proposed as a way to eliminate the restrictive limitations for employment–based immigrants, and to change the number limit regarding immigrants seeking to reunite with family. Senator Grassley stated that when he placed a […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 24, 2012 – Student visas offer foreign citizens many benefits to obtain an education in the U.S. “Students wanting to study in the U.S. have a variety of visas they make take advantage of such as the F-Type, M-Type and J-Type student visas,” said Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. The purpose of these visas is to allow non-immigrants the chance to stay in the U.S. to get an education. When their program is completed, they must go home. The type of visa to apply for is determined by the kind of education the […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) August 17, 2012 – The vast majority of immigrants come to the U.S. because of family or work. However, there are other reasons for immigration. “In most cases, immigrants come to the U.S. because they have family here, they are attempting to get work, or they have a job to go to. However, there are other categories they may use to apply for a special visa: special considerations or humanitarian reasons,” explained Annie Banerjee, a Houston immigration lawyer. To be able to use the refugee status, immigrants must have a reasonable fear of being persecuted […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2012 – Illegal immigration has been the proverbial hot-button topic from the time the 2012 Presidential race began in earnest earlier this year. Whether it was former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney saying that “self-deportation” is the way to go – if they cannot get jobs here, they’ll go back to wherever they came from – to Florida purging the voter rolls to make sure those alleged illegals do not add to the ballot boxes, it is a subject that just will not, and is not going away. “The anti-immigrant […]


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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2012 – Regardless of the practice’s specialty, compiling mounds and mounds of paperwork is a fact of life for lawyers all over the planet. If the focus is dealing with government in immigration law, the piles seem to grow higher than in other venues. Houston immigration lawyer Annie Banerjee knows all about this.”The files keep piling up,” said Banerjee.”We do all that we can to make sure the files are stored in an orderly manner.” The State Bar Association of Texas does not have any set rules when it comes to the maintenance […]


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