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End of DACA Program

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump administration announced that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program-or DACA-would be phased out over the next six months, concluding on March 5, 2018. No new applications for legal status dated after September 5, 2017, will be accepted. President Trump tweeted seeking action by Congress, with House Speaker Paul Ryan expressing hope that the House and Senate will find a suitable alternative.

Immigration Filing Fees

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USIS) announced new fees effective December 23, 2016 which are required for most immigration applications and petitions.

TO OUR IMMIGRATION CLIENTS/POTENTIAL CLIENTS

We understand you may be concerned with the recent election of our Nation's President. Please understand that we are a nation of laws and that things do not move quickly with regard to changing the law and we will have plenty of opportunity to analyze each of your individual situations as they present themselves. We have a system of checks and balances where the Congress writes the law and the President enforces the law.

What Every Undocumented Teenager and Their Parents Needs to Know

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows an undocumented teenager an ability to get a renewable work permit for two years at a time, a driver's license, and a social security card. Additionally, DACA gives an undocumented teenager time to avoid getting deported. However, DACA does not give the child a green card as DACA does not provide permanent lawful status.

Spousal Support for Immigrant Spouse

Spousal support for an immigrant spouse who has been married to a U. S. citizen for less than 10 years may be available when that immigrant has adjusted their status to a permanent resident with an I‑864 Affidavit of Support that the U.S. citizen spouse completed for the immigrant spouse. Recently, a Texas Court of Appeals held that the contractual obligation between an immigrant wife and her U.S. citizen husband and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security (INS) is enforceable within a divorce decree as a contract and the husband in this case remained obligated to pay that amount of support that would bring his now ex‑wife to the 125% percent above poverty level of support until he was able to be relieved of his obligations under the I‑864 Affidavit of Support. Therefore, this can be interpreted to mean that an immigrant husband/wife may be entitled to support even though he/she has not met the requirement of Chapter 8 of the Texas Family Code requiring 10 years of marriage.