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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
NY Times by Stephanie Strom General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
THE 6th ANNUAL ATTICUS FINCH DAY Featuring guest speaker - Attorney John Raley Friday, May 2nd 2014 - 11:30am Social, 12:00pm Program "The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.” Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION, April 14, 2014 – Join us for... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
The Waco Tribune-Herald by Tommy Witherspoon About 200 plaintiffs, including the city of West, various businesses and homeowners, have filed lawsuits in the wake of the explosion. Because West Fertilizer Co. owners Donald and Wanda Adair carried only $1 million in liability insurance on the plant, plaintiffs also have listed... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
USCIS DACA Update On April 9, 2014, USCIS issued information on the renewal procedures for DACA recipients to receive an extension of DACA. These are preliminary guidelines and may be revised. USCIS is currently revising the I-821D, and renewals may not be submitted until the revised form is available (scheduled... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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McLennan College Continuing Education is offering computer classes in Spanish. For more information, call (254) 299-8888 Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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April 1, 2014 & April 3, 2014 APPOINTMENT REQUIRED. Baylor Law School will offer free assistance to immigrants who qualify for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). When? April 1, 2014 and April 3, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. What are some of DACA’s benefits? Get a social security... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Fast for Families Across America A National Bus Tour for Immigration Reform and Citizenship will be arriving Monday, March 10, 2014, at 5:45 p.m., in Waco at the First Assembly of God - Primera Asemblia de Dios- on 3301 Clay Ave. for a program that will began at 6:00 p.m.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar Six immigration reform activists protesting the use of Secure Communities by Travis County, Texas, were arrested today. Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
February 2014 Visa Bulletin The Family 2B category (unmarried sons and daughters over 21 of LPRs) for Mexico has moved backward 11 months to May 1, 1993. The other Family categories for Mexico moved forward 1 week or stayed the same. The Family 2A category (spouses and unmarried children under... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Immigration courts are handling an increased case load due to a surge in immigration enforcement, but they have not received the resources needed to do so efficiently. Two stories in the news today highlight this. The Houston Chronicle reports that the backlog at the Houston Immigration Court is at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Monitor by Alicia A. Caldwell and Christopher Sherman (AP) McALLEN (AP) — A federal judge in Brownsville said in a recent order that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is assisting in criminal conspiracies to smuggle children into the country when it helps reunite them with parents who are... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
NPR by Hansi Lo Wang This is an excellent story about the effect that the Chinese Exclusion Act had on Chinese workers and its legacy for their descendants. Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
USCIS.gov U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has approved the statutory maximum 10,000 petitions for U-1 nonimmigrant status (U visas) for fiscal year 2014. This marks the fifth straight year that USCIS has reached the statutory maximum since it began issuing U visas in 2008. Each year, 10,000 U visas... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
AILA Leadership Blog by T. Douglas Stump A couple of weeks ago we heard from USCIS that adjudicators would be encouraged to use “Parole in Place” for many close relatives of active duty, reservists, and veterans in our nation’s armed services. It seemed like a no-brainer to many since these... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Friday November 15, 2013, that they will begin offering "parole in place" to active duty military, reserve and veteran family members (spouses, children and parents) who are undocumented. USCIS has done this for active duty spouses for some time but have expanded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar The UT chapter of the Young Conservatives of Texas has canceled a mock immigration sting on campus scheduled for Wednesday. YCT campus chairman Lorenzo Garcia said in a statement that organizers feared UT officials would retaliate against them. Garcia also cited safety concerns, but conceded... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Today, USCIS issued guidance that is intended to prevent current and former members of the U.S. armed forces from being separated from their noncitizen family members. The memo indicates that the noncitizen family members may be afforded “parole in place.” “Parole in place” is a discretionary tool that allows a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Bar CLE offers free on-line CLE each month. This month they are offering 0.75 Free on-line CLE on Casemaker, the free research tool that is provided to Texas attorneys by the Bar. Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
The Department of State released the December 2013 Visa Bulletin, and there was no movement (forward or backward) in any of the family categories for Mexico. The Family 2A category (spouses and minor children of LPRs) remained at September 8, 2013 for all countries except Mexico that remained at September... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar Excellent story about Edgar Torres Hernandez one of the DREAM 34, who was ordered deported by an Immigration Judge yesterday after his claim of a "credible fear" of returning to Mexico was denied. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Texas Tribune by Ross Ramsey Texans are split on whether undocumented immigrants in the U.S. should have a pathway to citizenship, but with certain prerequisites — like service in the military — a majority would be willing to grant citizenship to the children of undocumented immigrants, according to the University... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Valley Morning Star photo Last Friday, I toured the Baptist Family and Children's Services Shelter in Harlingen, Texas, with the State Bar of Texas Laws Related to Immigration and Nationality Committee. This center provides residential care and services for unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. while authorities determine the appropriate... Continue reading
Posted Nov 4, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
In the Texas Tribune today, Julian Aguilar has an excellent article exploring whether young activist immigrants who were deported or returned to Mexico of their own accord and then returned to U.S. ports of entry seeking asylum are hurting or helping the cause of comprehensive immigration reform. Carlos Spector, who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Indian Child Welfare Act: What Is It and How Does It Affect My Family Law Practice? Live via Webcast! Wednesday, October 16th 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. MCLE Credit: 1.5 hrs MCLE No: 901274289 Registration Fee: $115 (Free for members of the American Indian Law Section) Register for Webcast Speakers:... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
Immigration Impact On October 2, 2013, Democrats in the House of Representatives proposed an immigration reform bill addressing border security, legalization of the undocumented, interior enforcement of immigration laws, and fixes for our dysfunctional legal immigration programs. The bill is based on S.744, the bipartisan bill passed by the Senate... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog