The city of Austin became a “majority-minority city” back in 2005. According to the city’s website, no ethnic or demographic group exists as a majority of the city’s population. A number of the residents who make up Austin’s diverse community are undocumented. Those without legal immigration status often live in fear of deportation or incarceration. It is important and necessary that productive, hard-working members of our city are provided the support and respect they deserve. If you or a loved one are undocumented in the city, it is crucial that you seek experienced legal representation to pursue citizenship and ensure your right to stay in the U.S.
Texas immigration attorneys Peek & Toland, PLLC have helped numerous clients obtain legal immigration status even after they have lived in the U.S. undocumented for any period of time. Contact us to learn more about your options and we will work tirelessly to ensure that you obtain the best possible outcome for your situation. Please call (512) 474-4445 to schedule a consultation today.
Living in the Shadows
The process to obtain citizenship in the United States is complicated, lengthy and in need of reform. There are millions of immigrants living in the United States who desire the right to live here, but are unable to obtain citizenship. According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends Project, there are 11.7 million immigrants in the United States and that number did not decline from 2009 to 2012 despite about 400,000 deportations annually.
Many of the undocumented immigrants living in Austin have been here for many years. Their children may not even know that they are here illegally. Many of them only speak English and do not have a home to return to if they are deported. Immigration reform is needed, but until that happens, people will continue to face unnecessary punishments that rip families apart.
Outdated Laws and Red Tape
There have been many attempts to make becoming a legal resident less complicated. The DREAM Act, for example, is a legislative proposal that would allow certain immigrants of good moral character to become citizens. The DREAM Act has not been passed despite being considered in Congress numerous times since 2001. Texas did, however, pass the Texas Dream Act in 2001, which grants college tuition rates to undocumented high school graduates.
Without national reform, families who desperately want the opportunity to live and work legally in the country are forced to wait. Many are fearful that they will be caught and deported. Some are so worried that they will be deported that they don’t even call the authorities when they are the victims of serious crimes.
Seeking Legal Guidance
Immigration laws are complicated and they are often very confusing. It is important to learn about your legal options and to seek out information if:
- You are seeking naturalization
- You are facing deportation
- You have been arrested for a crime while undocumented
- You were the victim of a crime but are afraid to file a report with the authorities
- You are experiencing issues with your Green Card or Work Visa
If you are in any of the above situations, you are leaving your future to chance if you do not discuss your options with an immigration lawyer. If you are living and working illegally in the United States, you face the risk of being detained and deported by immigration officials. It would be in your best interest to obtain the information and resources you need to secure your future. Contact experienced Austin immigration attorneys at Peek & Toland, PLLC to help you better understand your options and begin the process of securing legal status in the U.S. Please do not wait to call us at (512) 474-4445.
The Immigration Reform Bill
You may read, download or view the law below. However, we highly encourage you to view the 17-page outline just below this bill.
The Immigration Reform Outline
For your convenience, Peek & Toland, PLLC, has compiled the latest Immigration Reform Bill outline into a downloadable document (17 pages). You can review it by reading the document below or downloading it below.