CBP Announces New Detention Facility

CBP announced that on November 19, 2016, it opened a temporary holding facility at the CBP Tornillo-Guadalupe Port of Entry in Tornillo, Texas, in response to the significant upstick in the recent number of undocumented persons crossing the southwest border. Located 40 miles east of El Paso, the facility can hold up to 500 people and will be in place for 30 days, pending any changes in the number of people arriving at the ports or crossing the border between the ports in the El Paso area until they are transferred to ICE.

Jeff Sessions Nominated to Serve as Attorney General

News broke this morning that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions will be nominated to serve as Attorney General in President-Elect Trump’s new administration.

The following is a statement from Beth Werlin, Executive Director of the American Immigration Council.

“Hope that President-Elect Trump would moderate his extreme views on immigration took a major hit with the announcement that he is nominating Senator Jeff Sessions to serve as Attorney General of the United States. Senator Sessions is the leading anti-immigration voice in the U.S. Senate. For years, Senator Sessions has urged severe restrictions on visas, called for drastically expanded immigration enforcement, and blocked all practical reforms to our outdated immigration system.

“As the country’s top lawyer and highest-ranking law enforcement official tasked with administering justice, the Attorney General has substantial authority over our nation’s laws, including our immigration laws. In fact, the Immigration and Nationality Act (the governing law over immigration) grants the Attorney General broad powers to modify, adjust, and decide how much of the law is implemented. He also oversees the immigration court system, which is charged with ensuring a fair day in court for those who face deportation from the United States. Therefore, the Attorney General position requires a person who can serve as a fair and balanced decision maker on a range of issues. How can we trust someone in that role who has demonstrated he thinks all forms of immigration are bad for America?

“We strongly urge the Senate to engage in a robust confirmation process, one which I believe will reveal Senator Sessions’ history of anti-immigrant attitudes, votes, and advocacy. This nomination is concerning to everyone who cares about the protection of civil and immigrant rights in America.”

USCIS Sube Las Tarifas de Applicaciones y Peticiones

https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-final-rule-adjusting-immigration-benefit-application-and-petition-fees

Si usted o un ser querido es indocumentado, por favor póngase en contacto con nuestra oficina para revisar su caso o hacer una cita.

El 24 de Octubre de 2016, USCIS anunció que la mayoría de aplicaciones y peticiones immigrantes suben las tarifas por primera vez en seis años. Las nuevas tarifas tomaran efecto a partir del 23 de Diciembre de 2016.
El aumento depende de la propia aplicación. Sin embargo, más aplicaciones y peticiones se duplicaron en precio. Es muy importante presentar cualquier solicitud a la cual que usted puede ser elegible  los mas pronto posible para no ser penalizado.
Las solicitudes y peticiones que se manden o  son presentadas  después de 23 de diciembre deben incluir los nuevos honorarios o USCIS no serán capaces de aceptarlos.

Favor de llamar a 713-862-8110.

USCIS Raises Fees for Most Applications and Petitions

https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-announces-final-rule-adjusting-immigration-benefit-application-and-petition-fees

If you or a loved one are undocumented, please contact our office to review your case or make an appointment.

On October 24, 2016, USCIS announced that most immigrant applications and petitions filing fees are raising for the first time in six years. The new fees will be effective as of December 23, 2016.

The increase depends on the application itself. However, most application and petitions are doubling in price. It is very important to file any application that you may be eligible for as soon as possible so that you are not penalized.

The applications and petitions must be postmarked or filed on or after Dec. 23 must include the new fees or USCIS will not be able to accept them.

Please give us a call at 713-862-8110 today to schedule a consultation.

USCIS Announces Expanded DACA to begin February 18, 2015

http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/consideration-deferred-action-childhood-arrivals-daca

USCIS has announced that undocumented / illegal aliens can apply for DACA on February 18, 2015, if they: 1) have clean criminal history, 2) have been in the US since January 1, 2010, and 3) entered before the age of 16.

Call today 713.862.8110 for an evaluation of your case!

USCIS Issues Reminder to Renew DACA 150 – 180 days in Advance of Expiration

http://www.uscis.gov/news/reminder-requesting-daca

Reminder for Requesting DACA

If you request either initial or renewal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), you must submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and required fees. USCIS will reject your request if you fail to submit Form I-765, the required filing fee, Form I-765 Worksheet, and Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. For complete instructions on requesting DACA, go to the Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) page.

For DACA renewals, USCIS strongly encourages you to submit your renewal request between 150 days and 120 days before the expiration date located on your current Form I-797 DACA approval notice and Employment Authorization Document. Filing during this window will minimize the possibility that your current period of DACA will expire before you receive a decision on your renewal request.

USCIS’ current goal is to process DACA renewal requests within 120 days. However, you may submit an inquiry about the status of your renewal request after it has been pending more than 105 days. To submit an inquiry, please visit egov.uscis.gov/e-request or call the National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TDD for the hearing impaired: 1-800-767-1833)

Washington District Court Says TPS Is Admission for Adjustment of Status

Today, the US District Court for the Western District of Washington decided a case that says that TPS is an admission for adjustment of status purposes.

Ramirez v. Dougherty

To apply for a green card inside the US, an alien has to have a legal entry.   If an alien entered illegally, he can still apply for a green card, but the process must be done in his home country.    This often involves a long wait for family members!  In Washington, however, the federal court has just held that an alien in TPS status can do all the green card paperwork here inside the US and does not need to return to their home country.