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Susan I. Nelson
Waco, Texas
Texas Attorney representing individuals and businesses in immigration matters. Passionate about keeping families together and helping students to reach their potential.
Interests: Immigration Law and policy, The DREAM Act, The Rule of Law, Open Courts, The Civil Jury Trial
Recent Activity
Attempts to change Texas Education Code §543.052 to exclude persons "not authorized under federal statute to be present in the United States" from being considered as Texas residents eligible to pay in-state tuition were not successful in the recent legislative session. The "sanctuary cities" bill also failed to make it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Today the 5th Circuit refused to lift the injunction on Deferred Action for Parents (DAPA) and expanded Deferred Action for Children (DACA+). In a split decision (2-1), the court ruled that the government has not made a case for going forward while the legality of the program is under review... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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A TRAC Immigration report released on Friday shows that the number of cases awaiting resolution in the Immigration Courts has reached 445,607, an increase of 9.2 percent increase since the beginning of the fiscal year (October 2014). Only 15.7 percent of the backlogged cases involved unaccompanied children. These cases have... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Tom Benning of The Dallas Morning News reports that the immigration bills filed in Texas this legislative session "could fade away with a whimper." This excellent article examines the back story on these bills, and provides this summary: AT A GLANCE: WHERE 3 KEY MEASURES STAND 1. Repeal of tuition... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Currently the law allows students who graduate from a Texas High School and who have lived in Texas for 3 years to attend a Texas college or university at the in-state tuition rate. Texas led the nation by enacting this law in 2001 with bi-partisan support, and signed into law... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
One way to meet the educational requirements for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is by graduating from a U.S. high school, but there are other ways to qualify: Obtain a certificate of completion from high school; Obtain a General Education Development (GED) certificate; Are an honorably discharged veteran; OR... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Baylor Law School Immigration Clinic is accepting applications for appointments to our Spring DACA Clinic. The Clinics will be held March 23, 24, 26, 30, 31 and April 2. Law students under the supervision of Professors Laura A. Hernandez and Susan I. Nelson will assist with initial and renewal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Waco Tribune-Herald by J.B. Smith A Waco family talks about the delay in administrative action and how it is impacting them. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Baylor Law School Immigration Clinic and Mission Waco Legal Services are hosting a free informational session on administrative action: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 7:00 p.m. St.Louis Catholic Church (Sanctuary) 2001 N. 25th St., Waco, Texas 76708 The topics covered will be: Administrative actions announced by President Obama in June... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
On Monday, February 16, 2015, U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen, granted a temporary injunction halting the implementation of the expanded DACA and DAPA programs announced by President Obama last November. The lawsuit, brought by Gov. Greg Abbott on behalf of Texas and 25 other states, objects to the President's executive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it will begin accepting applications for those who are eligible for the expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on February 18, 2015. The requirements for eligibility are: You entered the U.S. prior to your 16th birthday; You have been continuously present since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Austin Chronicle by Tony Cantu Attorney, teacher, and veteran fighter for freedom, Barbara Hines retires from a career mentoring students Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
President Obama, as part of his Executive Action on immigration, has announced an expansion of the immigrants who can apply for a provisional waiver of the 3-10 year bar for unlawful presence. Q - What is a provisional waiver? A - Many undocumented immigrants who are beneficiaries of a family... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Last night, President Obama announced that he is acting administratively to improve the immigration system. One of the changes will expand the number of people who can request deferred action. Q - What is deferred action? A - Permission to stay in the U.S. and obtain authorization to work legally.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
TRACImmigration reports that there has been a dramatic drop in the number of detainers issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to local, state and federal law enforcement officials. This 39 percent decline translates into around 9,000 fewer ICE detainers issued each month, or more than 100,000 fewer a year.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Monitor Commentary by Sandra Sanchez To understand the border, one must come here and realize the tactical and humanitarian considerations that agents and immigrants face. Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Austin American-Statesman by Jeremy Schwartz Critics call interior arrests unlawful; agency might be curbing their use. Most Texans probably think of the Border Patrol as doing what the agency’s name suggests: interrupting illegal activity along the line separating the U.S. from Mexico. Yet over the last decade, agents have regularly... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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FREE: DACA Immigration Clinic September 23, 25, and 30, 2014 & October 2, 2014 APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. Baylor Law School will offer free assistance to immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and for those eligible to renew DACA. When? September 23, 25, and 30 & October 2,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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WACO, Texas - Immigrant activists from all over Texas gathered Saturday, July 12th to protest the detention of immigrants in the Jack Harwell Detention Center in Waco, Texas. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) houses 250 detainees at Harwell. The majority of the detainees are young El Salvadoran men fleeing violence... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
August 2014 Visa Bulletin The Visa Bulletin for August 2014 was released yesterday. All of the family categories from Mexico EXCEPT 2A (spouses and children of LPRs) moved forward at least 2 weeks. The F2A category for Mexico remained at March 15, 2011. Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
To Kill a Mockingbird Audiobook I've been waiting for Harper Lee's Pullitzer-prize winning novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," to be published as an audiobook for a long time. It came out on Tuesday, and I'm enjoying every minute. Sissy Spacek has the perfect voice and manner to bring this classic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
NPR News by John Burnett (Austin) The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the federal government Wednesday for its failure to provide legal representation to immigrant children in deportation proceedings. The class-action lawsuit was filed on behalf of eight immigrants — ages 10 to 17 — who the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Waco Tribune-Herald by Stephanie Butts A nonprofit organization that provides legal counsel for asylum seekers says Waco’s Jack Harwell Detention Center should not be used to house immigration detainees prior to deportation. Officials from American Gateways, formerly the Political Asylum Project of Austin, toured the Harwell facility in April. They... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Federal officials are still warehousing people at the Jack Harwell Detention Center even though it has been out of compliance with state standards (AUSTIN, Texas) — Attorneys in Austin and Waco are sounding the alarm over the conditions at an immigrant detention center in Waco. They say the Jack Harwell... Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Baylor Law School Baylor Law School’s work to provide legal services to underserved communities in Central Texas is being honored by the State Bar of Texas. The State Bar of Texas and its Legal Services to the Poor in Civil Matters Committee has selected Baylor Law School as the recipient... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2014 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog