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The Law Office of Valdez & Monarrez helps families in the Rio Grande Valley & Houston area with immigration, citizenship, naturalization, deportation defense & visas. We can also help with cases involving criminal defense, injuries, divorce or other legal matters.

August 2018 Archives

Dance companies report more visa rejections

Changes in immigration law are affecting the ability of many people to come to the United States and work, including artists from other countries. This generally requires what are known as O-1B or P-1B visas, but increasingly, there are reports that cumbersome requirements are creating a backlog and resulting in more visas being denied. The O-1B visa is issued to individuals. The P-1B is for groups of two or more artists. There is a third type of visa as well for what is known as the "culturally unique" artist, the P3.

Judge becomes irate over immigrant plaintiffs' deportation

Texas residents who follow the news are likely aware that the Trump administration's immigration policies are facing a number of court challenges. One of these cases, which was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of eight immigrants facing deportation, does not seem to be going well for the government. According to a number of media outlets, the federal judge hearing the case became visibly agitated and had trouble composing himself when he learned on Aug. 8 that two of the immigrants named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit had been deported despite his strict instructions to the contrary.

Problems arise in uniting immigrant parents, children

On July 23, the Trump administration filed papers in court relating to its separation of immigrant parents and their children. According to the papers, more than 800 parents have been reunited with their children. Reunification is supposed to be cleared for more than 500 more, some of whom may be in Texas. The cases of another 463 parents are being reviewed.

Judge rules minors to be transferred from detention facility

Minors housed at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, will be leaving the facility after allegations of abuse and mistreatment surfaced. The children at the facility entered the country with their parents illegally and were separated or had arrived on their own.

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