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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
Like the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, Trump's proposal to exclude all Muslims is "induced by blind racism and eagerness to deflect blame onto other groups." Also like the 1882 Act, it's unconstitutiona. See, U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898). http://immigrationimpact.com/2015/12/08/trumps-muslim-immigration-policy-unconstitutional-and-unworthy-of-america/ See my 2011 blog on Birthright... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas had to change it's rules in order to license the Karnes County Residential Center as a child care provider, but the Texas Department of Family and Protective services has done it. The license was issued for 60 days, giving the facility time to correct problems found in a March... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
From the American Immigration Council: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in U.S. v. Texas Government Makes Strong Case for Moving DAPA Forward April 18, 2016 Washington D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in United States v. Texas. The highest court will now decide whether the President’s deferred... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
In a recent study, The Perryman Group analyzed the economic benefits and costs of the undocumented workforce to Texas. The results indicate gains of millions of jobs and billions of dollars to taxing entities. Undocumented Workforce Benefits to the Texas Economy Total Expenditures Output (Gross Product) Permanent Jobs Direct Net... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Austin American Statesman by Jasmin Ulloa “It is shocking to see that these are the women and children considered by our government to be a priority enforcement target,” [Denise] Gilman said. “Detention means that people are going to be summarily deported back to their countries, even though they have good... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Supreme Court just announced that it will hear arguments on the Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) lawsuit. This is good news because the court will decide whether Texas and other states can block the implementation of DAPA. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Texas Gov. Abbott wrote a letter to President Obama saying that Texas would refuse Syrian refugees after the recent terrorist attack in Paris: Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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The Memorial Hermann Medical Group Northeast Women’s Healthcare clinic near Houston is now enforcing immigration law and seeking to have patients deported. They reported an immigrant woman seeking medical care to the sheriff's office earlier this month because she allegedly presented a fake Texas driver's license as identifcation. Blanca Borrego... Continue reading
Posted Sep 18, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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The October Visa Bulletin introduces a new system that allows individuals with priority dates to submit their permanent residence applications prior to the date on which a visa is available. The Visa Bulletin provides a "filing date" and a "final action date" for each category. For example, Lupe is 35,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Baylor Law School received one of five 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards from the American Bar Association last week.� The Pro Bono Publico Awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the... Continue reading
Reblogged Aug 26, 2015 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
The Baylor Law School received one of five 2015 Pro Bono Publico Awards from the American Bar Association last week. The Pro Bono Publico Awards program seeks to identify and honor individual lawyers and small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments and other institutions in the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
ABA Journal by Lorelei Laird At an ABA Annual Meeting panel on Friday, speakers had strong criticisms of the federal government’s detention policies for immigrant mothers with children. “The government’s family detention policies of widespread detention of families and secure lockdown facilities are just incompatible with basic principles of justice... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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