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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
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 yesterday 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
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson today announced the process for individuals to renew enrollment in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Effective immediately, USCIS will begin accepting renewal requests. USCIS will also continue to accept requests for DACA from individuals who have not previously sought to access... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
KYTX by Kevin Boyce Excellent pro bono representation by attorneys Paula Hinton (Houston), Jennifer Doan (Texarkana) and the Texas Civil Rights Project (TRCP). Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
Kickstarter campaign for Transient: Illegal Invisible Ignited, a film by Alexander Stockton. Transient tells the story of Franky DeLuna, an undocumented immigrant that was brought to the US illegally from Mexico when he was a little boy. Franky dreams of being an inventor but is forced to not exist in... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Austin American-Statesman Opinion by Royal Furgeson Retired Federal Judge and Dean of the University of North Texas-Dallas School of Law compares the current vacancies in the Texas Federal courts to the Mavericks or Spurs playing games with only 4 players on the court. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at The Nelson Law Firm Blog
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) numbers yesterday. Approvals: 553,197 applications have been approved 427,653 approved applicants' country of origin was Mexico (77%) 88,106 approved applicants were residing in Texas at the time of application (16%) Denials: 20,311 applications have been denied Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
Texas Tribune by Joy Diaz, KUT News As counties around the country start moving away from the controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement program called Secure Communities, a group of Austin lawyers has threatened to sue Travis County over its participation in the program. Read the full story at KUT News. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
The U.S. Department of State released the Visa Bulletin today for June 2014. The priority dates for spouses and children of LPRs moved backwards to March 15, 2011 for Mexico and May 1, 2012 for all other countries. This is retrogression of more than 1 year in this category. Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2014 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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 Apr 17, 2014 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 Apr 16, 2014 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 Apr 14, 2014 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 Apr 13, 2014 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