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Immigration Law Firm & U.S.

Immigrant Visa Attorneys in Houston, Texas

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Immigration Lawyers in Houston, Texas U.S. Immigrant Visa Attorney


United States Immigration Law Overview All of us in America are affected in one way or another by the immigration laws of this country, as are some people who do not live in America but who wish to work here or live here.
These immigrations laws change from time to time, and they are subject to interpretation by the agencies and the courts. It is usually a wise decision, therefore, for a company or a person who is seeking benefits or protection related to the immigration laws of this country to obtain competent legal representation.

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The Foundation of Immigration Law Today: Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)
Until 1875, alien immigration to the United States was not restricted. In that year, a law was passed to bar convicts and prostitutes from immigrating to America. More laws were passed over the years in order to control immigration, and in 1952, Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Act.
Although it has been amended many times, it still serves as the foundation for immigration law as we know it today. Its provisions and the regulations issued under it are part of Title 8 of the United States Code and the Code of Federal Regulations.

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Employment Eligibility Required: Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA)


Not everyone is eligible to work in the United States. Congress has specified that employers can not knowingly hire workers who do not have proper documentation to work in this country.

Under the IRCA, an employer must verify that a person is eligible to work here before hiring him or her. This is done through an Employment Verification System.
The Employment Verification System is intended to help state and federal governments in their efforts to identify aliens who are living in America unlawfully. It is also intended to help identify people who may be here lawfully, but who are not authorized to work under the terms of their visas.

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The Laws Get Tougher: Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA)
In 1996, Congress passed IIRIRA with the intention of making immigration laws in America stronger. This statute addressed things like border control, penalties for violating immigration laws, and enforcement of immigration laws.
It also addressed apprehension and detention of aliens, as well as removal proceedings and voluntary departures of aliens.

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Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA)


Long before the events of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted AEDPA. This 1996 statute was enacted to deter terrorism, provide justice for victims, and provide for an effective death penalty, among other things.

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Protection for Immigrants: Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act and Battered Immigrant Women's Act
One purpose of these laws is to help protect spouses and children of American citizens and lawful permanent residents who are victims of domestic violence or other cruel acts. These statutes may provide protection from removal proceedings, and allow an abused spouse or child to seek immediate relative or family-based second-preference status to remain in the United States.

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Post 911: Homeland Security Act (HSA)


After the terrible events of September 11, 2001, Congress enacted HSA. Under this statute, the Department of Homeland Security was established so that a single agency would be responsible for coordinating the efforts of designated government agencies to protect our country from terrorist attacks. This action by Congress also created the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agencies. USCIS replaced the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), and is responsible for adjudicating visa petitions and related immigration matters. CBP is responsible for border control, which includes such things as detention and expedited removal, and deciding who can enter the country.

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The Bottom Line on Immigration Law


Immigration law is complex and can be confusing. Significant rights and significant risks are at stake. The advice of a competent immigration law firm can therefore be very important.

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Texas Immigration Attorneys - Immigrant Visa Lawyers


Immigration law is complex, confusing and constantly changing. Unless you are aware of the potential opportunities and pitfalls in the law, dealing with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) can be a long, frustrating process. Applications are routinely denied for minor errors or omissions in the large amount of required paperwork. This is why so many people rely upon the services of a skilled immigration law attorney.

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To learn more about immigration law, please review the general information we have provided. To speak with an experienced immigration attorney, please contact the Houston immigration law attorneys at The Solomon Firm, P.C. today.

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