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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
On July 17th, a federal court in Maryland ordered the Trump administration to restore DACA to pre-September 5, 2017 status. This means that USCIS must accept: initial applications from those who have not had DACA; and Advance Parole applications for those with DACA who have the need to travel. The... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2020 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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La Puerta Waco hosted a Zoom call to talk about DACA and other Immigration news with Susan Nelson and Anali Looper of American Gateways, Waco. Here is the recording: Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
DACA LIVES, BUT ... Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Trump administration did not properly end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The court held that DACA can be ended and provided a road map for how to end DACA correctly. President Trump tweeted today that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2020 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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Maria (far right) will be separated from her permanent resident husband and U.S. citizen children while President Trump's suspension of immigration is in effect. On April 23, President Trump issued a proclamation suspending the entry into the United States of aliens as immigrants subject to some exceptions. Not all family... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
ICE Raids are reportedly beginning this week. Although Waco is not one of the cities that is said to be a target, these materials from AILA will help in preparing for and responding to ICE enforcement actions. Houston is the only Texas city that is listed as a target for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
ICE Raids are reportedly beginning this weekend. Although Waco is not one of the cities that is said to be a target, these materials from AILA will help in preparing for and responding to ICE enforcement actions. Houston is the only Texas city that is listed as a target for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
ICE Raids are reportedly beginning this weekend. Although Waco is not one of the cities that is said to be a target, these materials from AILA will help in preparing for and responding to ICE enforcement actions. Houston is the only Texas city that is listed as a target for... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2019 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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In April, the 5th Circuit held that Tex. Penal Code §22.01(a)(1) is a crime of violence and thus a crime of domestic violence if a “protected person,” such as a spouse is the victim. U.S. v. Gracia-Cantu, 920 F.3d 252, 254 (5th Cir. 2019) (citing, U.S. v. Reyes-Contreras, 910 F.3d... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Texas Immigration Lawyer Blog
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