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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
Don't Learn The Hard Way. What Happens When You Find Out Too Late That Your Criminal Case Will Result In Removal Proceedings If You Are Not A United States Citizen by Walter M. Reaves, Jr. This is a great article by Walter Reaves about what to do when a criminal... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The Baylor Law Immigration Clinic is offering DACA renewal assistance to undocumented immigrants who's DACA status expires anytime before March 5, 2018. Those who's DACA status expires after March 5, 2018 are not eligible for renewal. The federal government is no longer accepting new applications. "The deadline for renewal submissions... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Waco Tribune Herald by J.B. Smith Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt says Texas’ new sanctuary cities law gives officers leeway to ask about immigration status, but he expects it will be rare and must be done with documentation justifying it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
9/5/17 - The Trump Administration has announced that it will phase out and eventually end DACA. This means that as of September 5, 2017: INITIAL APPLICATIONS: USCIS will continue to process all pending initial applications accepted as of 09/05/2017. USCIS will reject all other new initial applications. RENEWAL APPLICATIONS: USCIS... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halted major portions of a controversial Texas "sanctuary cities" law scheduled to go into effect on September 1, 2017. Judge Garcia granted a preliminary injunction of Senate Bill 4, that seeks to outlaw “sanctuary cities.” those that don’t enforce federal immigration laws. SB 4 allows... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
USCIS Grant Opportunities USCIS offers grants to non-profit organizations to prepare legal permanent residents for Naturalization. Yesterday, the name was changed from "Citizenship and Integration" to "Citizenship and Assimilation" grants. These are competitive grant opportunities for organizations that prepare lawful permanent residents for naturalization and promote civic assimilation through increased... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Photo by LongIslandWins From Immigration Impact: The bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 was just introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) in the U.S. Senate. The bill provides legal status, as well as a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrant youth who entered the United States before... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
From Immigration Impact After debate rocked the Texas State Capitol, Governor Greg Abbott signed the controversial Senate Bill 4 (SB4) in May, which purports to ban sanctuary city policies and gives local police the authority to inquire about the immigration status of anyone they detain. Though the law won’t go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Tribune by Julian Aguilar The Texas House advanced their "Sanctuary Cities Lite" bill out of committee yesterday. Although less harsh than the Senate bill, it criminalizes heads of law enforcement agencies who do not cooperate with federal authorities, allows law enforcement to question arrestees about their immigration status, and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Interesting podcasts about the Sanctuary movement to protect Central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S. in the 1980's from 99% Invisible. (2 episodes) Sanctuary, Part 1: Church In the 1980s, Rev. John Fife and his congregation at Southside Presbyterian Church began to help Central American migrants fleeing persecution from US... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Immigration Information Session Come hear Susan and other attorneys speak about: Current removal priorities and activities Your rights if you have an encounter with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) DACA going forward Family Safety planning March 7, 2017, 7PM El Calvario Presbyterian Church -- 2222 Dutton, Waco, Texas Speakers: Susan... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
I am hearing from family members of immigrants picked up by ICE at meetings with their probation officers in Waco. If you are undocumented, don't miss your meeting with probation, but be ready with documents to show your connections to the U.S. and phone numbers to call family members. Here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Denise Gilman on why people don't just "get in line" from The Daily Texan article by Lisa Dreher Denise Gilman is the director of the UT Immigration Clinic, which provides legal assistance to low-income immigrant families. Gilman said the tedious legal process causes families to opt for other ways to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
From the American Immigration Council by Walter Ewing On January 25, President Trump signed a pair of immigration-related executive orders, one dealing with border security and the other with immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. The order on border security has received the most public attention—particularly the “great... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled "Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States." Answer: Immigration x Trump + Kobach = Bad.* Increase enforcement against aliens without criminal convictions, authorize local law enforcement officers to act as immigration officers, hire more immigration officers, cut off funds... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2017 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Last week, a Sanctuary Cities Bill was once again introduced in the Texas Legislature. Here is a link to an interview that I gave to Estephany Escobar of KXXV-TV. The Bill addresses sanctuary cities (which are not a problem in Texas), encourages "show me your papers" by local police, and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
I've received many calls and emails this week. Immigrants and their supporters are anxious about what Donald Trump's presidency will mean for them. Here are a few thoughts (but no answers): DACA Individuals with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are worried that their lives are going to be torn... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Over 100 Law Professors: President has Legal Authority to Protect Central Americans Fleeing Violence Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala Immune to Most Legal Challenges WASHINGTON, DC — Today, 102 immigration and administrative law professors delivered a letter to President Barack Obama stating that his Administration—through the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Today U.S.C.I.S. published the rule expanding stateside waiver processing to "all statutorily eligible individuals regardless of their immigration visa classification." The final rule is effective August 29, 2016. This expansion of the provisional waiver process will allow family members of lawful permanent residents (LPRs) who are eligible for immigrant visas,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Texas babies with undocumented parents will now be issued birth certificates. Last year Texas stopped issuing birth certificates to parents who had only an ID issued by another country or a passport without a valid visa. Thanks to the Texas Civil Rights Project and Rio Grande Legal Aid for their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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