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Texas' new immigration bill faces constitutional challenge

Last month, we wrote about the newly passed "sanctuary city" ban, which requires local law enforcement officers to work in cooperation with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to enforce federal immigration law. As we noted, one aspect of the law is that it allows peace officers to inquire about the immigration status of those who are detained or arrested.

Can a broken tail light land you in a Texas detainment center?

The United States is a nation of immigrants. A brief review of industrial revolution history shows the significant role immigrants played in the building of a new, powerful and progressive society and business world. Life was seldom easy for those crossing the nation's borders from abroad. Prejudices between ethnicities and conflict among the social classes added to daily burdens of trying to put food on the table and survive.

President Trump travel ban freeze to remain in place after court appeal

The latest development in the saga of President Donald Trump's immigration order took place earlier today, when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that a freeze placed on the enforcement of the order by a Maryland federal judge should remain effective. According to the court, the order was rife with constitutional issues.

Immigrants not the only group threatened by Texas' "sanctuary city" law

We've been looking in recent posts about the state of Texas's newly passed sanctuary city ban, and the impact this law is likely to have on immigrants, as well as the importance of immigrants having strong legal advocacy when they come into contact with the law, particularly in the deportation process.

Work with experienced immigration attorney when facing potential deportation

With Texas' sanctuary city law having been signed into law by Governor Greg Abbot, Texas now stands in solidarity with the Trump Administration with regard to public policy regarding sanctuary cities. As we've previously noted on this blog, there are not currently any jurisdictions in the state of Texas officially classified as sanctuary jurisdictions. Still, it is not an uncommon occurrence for local law enforcement to ignore ICE detainer requests, even when there is no official policy that they do so.

Republican-led Texas legislature passes "sanctuary city" ban

In recent posts, we've been looking quite a bit at the current national debate over so-called sanctuary cities. As we've noted, the legal issues surrounding sanctuary cities are not entirely settled, and the public policy debates are certainly contentious.

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and your rights

Under the current administration, many immigrants are living with certain fears that they could be detained, interrogated or even deported because of their current status. If you are a child of an immigrant and came to the United States as a young child, you may also have these fears and live with concerns about your future. 

Federal Court blocks enforcement of President Trump's "sanctuary city" executive order

We previously mentioned on this blog that President Trump's executive order authorizing the defunding of sanctuary cities was hit with its first blow in court when a federal judge recognized that the city of San Francisco, as well as Santa Clara County, had standing to proceed with the legal challenge. Now, the federal judge handling the case has blocked the enforcement of the order while the case is tried.

Immigrants: work with experience legal counsel to fight criminal charges, deportation efforts

When an immigrant is charged with a crime, it is important for the immigrant to understand that he or she has legal rights. Not only do immigrants have legal rights associated with the criminal case, but they also have legal rights associated with the deportation process.

Legality of sanctuary city policies a subject of contention

As we've noted previously on this blog, sanctuary cities are currently a hot topic as the Trump administration makes changes in federal immigration policy, having signed an executive order earlier this year aimed at ending support for sanctuary cities. Again, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Governor Gregg Abbot are both in support of cutting funding to cities that do not cooperate with efforts to enforce federal immigration law, but the issue remains contentious in many places.

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