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What’s Behind Houston’s Immigration Court Backlog?

Posted on · Tough talk about protecting the border doesn’t mean much if immigration courts can’t process cases. Area immigration attorney Alexandre Afanassiev says that process used to take about six months. These days, it can take years. In fact, he says cases he’s working on are being scheduled for court dates into 2019. Why? Well, there might be […]

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New Law Looks to Crack Down on ‘Green Card Weddings’

Posted on · Early last month, Louisiana approved legislation designed to crack down on marriage fraud, the practice of marrying a U.S. citizen as a means to becoming a lawful permanent resident in the United States. The law specified that, among other conditions, a birth certificate, valid international ID or a passport would be needed to receive a marriage […]

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How Immigration Reform will Affect Houston

Posted on · The so-called “Gang of Eight” in Congress seems poised to announce their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano was in Houston last week to discuss it. And rallies calling for such reform took place across the country on Wednesday, including here in Houston, where participants and onlookers alike shared strong opinions […]