Immigration News

Programa “Permanecer en México”: A Qué Prestar Atención

A fines de septiembre de 2019, la administración actual aprobó una nueva política que permite a los agentes de la patrulla fronteriza exigir a los solicitantes de asilo a los Estados Unidos que esperen en México durante meses o más mientras sus casos se están procesando en los EE. UU. Hasta ahora, se ha implementado

“Remain in Mexico” Program: What to Look Out For

At the end of September 2019, the current administration passed a new policy that allows border patrol officers to require asylum seekers to the United States to wait in Mexico for months or more while their cases are being processed in the U.S. So far, it has been implemented at the Calexico, California border and

Press Release: Ruby Powers Receives the 2019 Impact Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Ruby Powers Honored for Pro Bono Work on Behalf of Detained Immigrants with Health Needs  HOUSTON, TX- On September 20, 2019, Ruby Powers will be honored alongside Ayuda Familias and Dr. Kate Sugarman to receive the 2019 Impact Award, presented by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership,

Recent Asylum Request Changes May Cause a Trickling Effect in Other Immigration Court Cases Across the Nation

By Attorney Cynthia Milian In the past months, the current administration has instituted various policies that have made it more difficult for individuals to seek asylum in the United States. For example, the Remain-in-Mexico Policy, also known as the Migrant Protection Protocols, where asylum seekers must wait for their day in immigration court in Mexico.

La Carga Pública: Qué Es y A Quién Afecta

¿Cuál es la regla de carga pública y cómo puede afectar mi proceso de inmigración? La carga pública es un concepto que esencialmente permite al gobierno de los Estados Unidos denegar una visa a cualquier persona que pueda depender de la asistencia gubernamental en el futuro o que haya utilizado recursos gubernamentales en el pasado.

Examining Public Charge: What Is It and Who It Affects?

What is the public charge rule and how can it affect my immigration process? Public charge is a concept that essentially allows the United States government to deny a visa to anyone who may become dependent on governmental assistance in the future or who may have used government resources in the past. Public charge is

August 2019 Visa Bulletin Shows Extensive Retrogression Across Employment-Based Categories

By Attorney Michele Strickland The August 2019 Visa Bulletin, released by the U.S. Department of State earlier this month, shows substantial retrogression affecting employment-based categories worldwide. The State Department expects the retrogression to be short lived and anticipates that the final action dates should return to those listed in the July 2019 Visa Bulletin by the start of fiscal year 2020

Visa Bulletin Update as of July 2019

The U.S. State Department announced that in July the family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children of lawful permanent residents) is current for the first time in many years.  The category will remain current for the month of August. USCIS announced that even though Worldwide Family 2A is backlogged on the Dates of Filing Chart, since the

How to Prepare for an Immigration ICE Raid

In the past weeks, there has been much discussion about immigration raids. While the date and location of these raids are not clear, here are some things you should know to be prepared and to know the rights you have. Have a family preparedness plan Have a plan so that someone you trust can take

There’s a new docket in the Houston Immigration Courts— The Status Docket

Recently, we have seen that Judges in the non-detained Houston immigration courts have been offering for some individuals to be placed on the “status docket.”  A status docket allows for an individual case to be placed on hold during the pendency of a process with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).  Being placed