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Harris County Legal Issues Blog

Adapting to life in Texas as an immigrant

Before arriving in Texas, you might have dreamed of that moment a thousand times as you prepared to leave your country of origin behind and start life afresh in the United States. Then again, you might be one of many immigrants whose entrance across a U.S. border was rather unexpected and hasty due to a

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Who gives voice to separated immigrant infants?

If you are unsure of what’s going on with the reunion of immigrant children separated from their parents, you are not alone. Despite a court’s order to reunite thousands of families by July 26, government officials offer only vague ideas of how they intend to comply. Even as those reunion expectations hang in the balance, civil rights

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Federal Judge Reinstates DACA – At Least Temporarily

A federal judge ruled that protections provided to undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy must remain in place and the government must resume accepting new applications. Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said the Trump administration’s reasoning for terminating the program was based

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Undocumented Workers Have Workplace Rights

The growth of the gig economy continues to change the relationship between a large percentage of the U.S. work force and employers. In 2014, approximately 34 percent of workers were independent contractors. Surveys indicate that total is expected to push 50 percent by 2020. The freelance structure that permeates all types of industries has pros

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Understanding What Green Cards Accomplish

The Trump administration continues to recommend legislation that will limit the number of immigrants who can come to the U.S. annually and be more restrictive about who is allowed to immigrate to the U.S. Obtaining a green card is the first step to gaining U.S. citizenship. It is important to understand what a green card

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Your Job May Determine The Success of Your Marriage

It may feel like marriage is a bigger leap of faith than ever before, but the truth is the divorce rate in the U.S. peaked at about 40 percent around 1980 and has declined ever since, according to data from the National Survey of Family Growth. That’s the good news for newlyweds. There is less

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Should One Lie Result In Revocation of Citizenship?

For foreigners who gain U.S. citizenship, the event is a celebrated affair and a life-changing event. Imagine, then, if that citizenship was stripped for a minor infraction. That would amount to a second life-changing event – one that is not cause for celebration. U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Stephen Breyer and Anthony Kennedy all

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Applying for a Work Visa

Many people come to the United States in search of work; however, getting into the country for work reasons isn’t ultimately as simple as crossing the border. In fact, foreign citizens are not legally allowed to work in the United States unless they have permission from the federal government. This means obtaining a work visa or

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H1-B visas allow foreign workers high tech opportunities in US

A recent push for talent by tech companies could open new opportunities for highly skilled foreign workers to come to the United States for employment. The H-1B visa program allows employers in the U.S. to temporarily hire foreign workers in specialty occupations including technology, science, business, law, art, education and religion. Many top international companies

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