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The Law Office of Mary Elizabeth Garicia is staffed by Marybeth Garcia, an attorney with over 14 years of experience practicing immigration law. She is assisted by Catalina Lizalde, Executive Administrative Director. Both worked at an immigration legal services no-profit organization, Justice For Our Neighbors, for over 13 years. We provide a wide variety of immigration legal services, including: Adjustment Of Status Family Petitions Citizenship U visas for victims of certain violent crimes VAWA self petitions for abused spouses, children and parents Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Work Permit renewals Temporary Protected Status Consular Processing Provisional Waivers We know that your case is important to you and your family. We are committed to working for you, giving you honest answers to your questions, and guiding you through your entire immigration process. Let us help you today. Call 817-770-3575 for an appointment. La Oficina Legal De Mary Elizabeth Garcia está a cargo de Mary Elizabeth Garcia, una abogada con mas de 14 anós de experiencia en la práctica de la ley de inmigracion. Está asistida por Catalina Lizalde, Directora Ejecutiva de Administracion. Ambas trabajamos en una oficina de servicios legales en migración sin fines de lucro, Justicia para Nuestros Vecionos, desde hace más de 13 anós. Ofrecemos una amplia variedad de servicios legales de inmigración, incluyendo: Ajuste de estatus Peticiones Familiares Ciudadanía Visas U para victimas de ciertos delitos violentos Peticiones VAWA auto para cónyuges maltratadas, niños y padres Acción Diferida para los llegados en la Infancia Renovaciones de permisos para trabajar Estatus de Protección Temporal Proceso Consular Exenciones provisionales Sabemos que su caso es importante para usted y su familia. Estamos comprometidos a trabajar para usted, que le da respuestas honestas a sus preguntas y le guía a través del proceso de inmigración entero. Permítanos ayudarle hoy. Llame al 817-770-3575 para una cita.
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The immigration law session was a success. We are grateful to all those who attended the session, and we would like to give special thanks to the hosts, The First Baptist Church of Urbandale, Rev. Moises Gonzalez, Rev. Jessy Morales, Maxy Hipp, Rosio Bahena, and every one of the volunteers who participated in making this session a success.
La sesión de la ley de inmigración fue un éxito. Estamos muy agradecidos a todas las personas que estuvieron presentes en la sesión, y nos gustaría dar un agradecimiento especial a los anfitriones, La Primera Iglesia Bautista de Urbandale, Rev. Moises Gonzalez, Rev. Jessy Morales, Maxy Hipp, Rosio Bahena, y cada uno de los voluntarios que participaron en hacer esta sesión un éxito.
On Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 10:00 am the First Baptist Church of Urbandale in Dallas, TX will be hosting a community information session about immigration law. Mary Beth Garcia, attorney, will be lead the presentation. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and receive information about our current immigration laws.
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El sábado, 25 de Enero 2014 a las 10:00 am en la Primera Iglesia Bautista de Urbandale en Dallas, TX, será el anfitrión de una sesión donde se ofrecera información a la comunidad acerca de las leyes de inmigración. La abogada Mary Beth García, será quien estara dirigiendo la presentación . Los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de hacer preguntas y recibir información sobre nuestras leyes de inmigración actuales.
Sesión y estacionamiento seran gratuitos (sin costo)
Tiempo de sesión sera de 10am - 12PM (2 Horas)
Por favor, tratar de estar a tiempo para que no se pierdan las respuestas a sus preguntas.
House Republicans' Many Excuses For Inaction On Immigration Reform
About a year after Republicans lost badly with Latino voters in the presidential election and began to promise quick action on immigration reform, a Senate-passed bill has languished in the House, no bills have been put forward to deal with major issues such as the limbo of the U.S. undocumented population and the year is drawing to a close without any expectation of a single immigration-related vote. Although the Senate's comprehensive reform bill passed in June in a 68-32 vote -- picking up 14 Republicans -- the House GOP has ruled out a vote. They have no plans to allow for negotiations on that bill, and their strategy for a step-by-step approach to immigration reform likely will be pushed to 2014, when they will turn attention to reelection campaigns and work even harder to avoid tough votes.
Why the long wait? Well, there are lots of reasons, according to House Republicans. Here are a few, ranging from a lack of trust to, you guessed it, Obamacare.
After the House passed another bill last week aimed at limiting Obamacare, Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was challenged on the floor by Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), who asked when exactly the GOP planned to take up immigration. While he listed a few reasons, Cantor came back to Obamacare repeatedly. For one, he said the Senate immigration legislation was too long and too partisan, and could lead a "trainwreck" like Obamacare did.
"The news of this week, unfortunately, has been many, many Americans very unhappy with the work product coming out of this town as far as health care is concerned," Cantor said. "I would posit to the gentleman that a bill like Obamacare or a bill like the Senate immigration bill produces the kinds of impact and effect that we're seeing this week and last week and the prior. We don't want to commit that same mistake."
He went on to say Obamacare was yet another example of how the president and Senate can't compromise.
"The track record of this administration and the majority in the Senate has indicated an unwillingness to sit down and talk," he said. "They’ve not done so, certainly the White House has not done so on the immigration issue, did not do so on the health care issue, and again it doesn’t help the American people for their insistence on a 'my way or the highway' kind of mode of operation."
2. The president can't be trusted.
There are many examples of this argument, but they largely break down into broader governing problems -- see some of the following reasons -- and immigration-specific ones. On the latter point, a large part of any immigration reform enacted would fall to the Obama administration to implement. Republicans are skeptical of Obama's commitment to enforcing immigration law and protecting the border -- despite record deportation numbers and high border patrol spending -- and argue they can't be sure he'd actually follow the law.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) articulated that point in July, when he said Obama has refused to police the border.
"It's like having a teenager that wants the keys to the car after he's already wrecked the other one," King told reporters. "Maybe handing him a new credit card and saying, 'Yeah, I know you promised you'll mow the lawn and carry out the garbage, here are the keys to the car.' You have to do it the other way. Say, 'Mow the lawn, do your chores, and then come back and talk to me and we'll discuss whether you get the keys to the car.'"
3. The government shutdown showed the Senate can't negotiate.
House Republicans were quick in pointing to the recent fight over government spending as proof that the president and Democratic-controlled Senate had no interest in working with them. Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), once a proponent of immigration reform, said in October that the debate had shown Democrats couldn't negotiate in good faith.
"Every single time we were closer to something that actually we could both agree on, the president and his party continued to push back," Labrador said. "It's just the way this guy negotiates. The president and [Senate Majority Leader] Harry Reid will only negotiate in a take-no-prisoners type of attitude, and I just don't think it's healthy for the American people and it's definitely not healthy for immigration reform."
4. Actually, the government shutdown showed that nobody can negotiate.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) implied in October that Congress' failure to manage the basic job of keeping the government open showed immigration reform would be too tough to tackle soon. According to the Hill, Cole told reporters that the House was unlikely to take up immigration reform until after budget and debt ceiling issues are resolved, potentially not until next year.
"I don’t even think we’ll get to that point until we get these other problems solved," Cole said.
He said it was unrealistic to expect the House to be able to tackle what he called the "divisive and difficult issue" of immigration when it can barely handle the most basic task of keeping the government's lights on.
"We're not sure we can chew gum, let alone walk and chew gum, so let’s just chew gum for a while," Cole said.
5. If the House did negotiate on immigration, it could go badly.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said shortly after the Senate passed its sweeping immigration reform bill that he had no intention of bringing it to the floor. But if the House passed its own legislation, it could be combined with the Senate's in a conference committee -- a result that advocates hoped for and opponents feared would lead to them being rolled.
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, said he opposed going to conference because he viewed it as a strategy by reform bill supporters to pressure Boehner to cave in the end.
“We should not go to a conference on the Gang of Eight bill for two reasons,” DeSantis said in a phone interview with Breitbart News. “One, I don’t think, if you look at the way the Gang of Eight bill is structured, I think the flaws are so endemic to the bill that even if you had an honest compromise, I don’t think whatever came out of that compromise would represent conservative principles at all. It’s a big gulf between where conservatives are, where millions of Americans are, and what was done in that Gang of Eight bill."
"Number two, Reid and Schumer have already said they don’t care what the House does, just get to a conference and they’re just going to ram through the Gang of Eight bill," he explained. "That will basically put more pressure on the Speaker to basically put it on the floor. You’re looking at going into a conference that doesn’t give you any chance of having conservative policy enacted in the end. So why would we want to step into that minefield?”
Boehner said last week that the leadership has "no intention of ever going to conference on the Senate bill."
6. Previously: Dealing with the conflict in Syria would take up too much time.
In early September, it appeared likely that there would be significant time devoted to deciding how the United States should respond to violence in Syria. That decision didn't end up requiring congressional action, but at the time, Labrador voiced concern that the conflict and other pressing issues would push back immigration reform and make it unlikely for this year.
"A lot of us thought that the debate was going to be in October, but now, with the problems that we’re having internationally and also here in this country, I don’t see how we’re going to be able to have this debate until -- until November," Labrador told Univision. "And I really don’t know if it will be possible to do it in November."
7. Now: There's no time left this year to do it right.
GOP leadership has said they will take a deliberate, piece-by-piece approach to immigration reform, and that doing so means it will take more time. Boehner insisted during a press conference that they weren't moving slowly to put more attention on Obamacare -- they just want to do it right.
"This is about trying to do this in a way that the American people and our members can absorb," Boehner said. "There are hundreds of issues involved in dealing with immigration reform. And we've got to deal with these in a common-sense way, where our members understand what we're doing and their constituents understand."
New push for immigration reform will target 9 House Republicans
With a year to go until the midterm elections, immigration reform advocates hoping to jump-start debate on Capitol Hill are planning to target a handful of Republican lawmakers most likely to suffer political consequences next year if Congress fails to act on immigration reform.
A campaign set to be announced Thursday will marry the financial and political power of the AFL-CIO and SEIU labor unions with smaller grass-roots immigrant advocacy groups, including America’s Voice, PICO National Network, Mi Familia Vota and CASA in Action, to target nine House GOP lawmakers who support establishing a way for eligible immigrants to apply for U.S. citizenship.
The campaign will target Reps. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.), David Valadao (R-Calif.), Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-Calif.), Gary Miller (R-Calif.), Scott Tipton (R-Colo.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.), Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) and Joe Heck (R-Nev.). They represent districts with sizable Latino voting populations where President Obama won or performed well last year. They also have publicly voiced support for revamping the nation’s immigration laws.
Organizers said the goal of the campaign is to pressure the lawmakers to match their public statements by lobbying colleagues and House Republican leaders to permit votes on a series of immigration bills introduced in recent months. If the nine lawmakers fail to convince their colleagues by the end of the year, the groups plan to devote more resources to defeating them in next year's elections and to expand their campaign.
"This is designed to tell Republicans that if you don't take action on reform, there will be people who will take action in districts where Republicans are vulnerable to mobilize Latino and immigrant voters to reward or punish a member of Congress," said Frank Sharry, executive director of America's Voice, a leading national immigration advocacy group.
"A Republican majority in the House depends on people in vulnerable districts winning," Sharry noted. "It just seems [House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio)] and company are more worried about members being primaried by tea party challengers than their members in districts with growing Latino populations. This is designed to tell them, ‘Guess what -- you’d better worry.’ "
The House is unlikely to consider any immigration legislation before Congress passes another short-term spending plan in mid-January, according to top Republican aides. Even if debate ever begins, Boehner and his lieutenants have said they will not support a comprehensive Senate plan that would allow illegal immigrants to pursue citizenship over a 13-year period, saying they will consider a series of smaller-scale bills.
House lawmakers are on recess this week, but a visit to Capitol Hill last week by hundreds of conservative business and religious leaders helped persuade some GOP lawmakers to take another look at the issue, said Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who cosponsored the Senate plan passed this summer.
"There seems to be new life in the House on this," he said Wednesday.
Flake served for 10 years in the House before ascending to the Senate in January and remains in close contact with House Republicans. He said there is growing interest in establishing ways for the children of undocumented immigrants and certain farm workers to more quickly gain U.S. citizenship, while establishing ways for the vast majority of undocumented immigrants to seek a permanent legal status.
"There’d be no special path created, but they would not be precluded from taking one of the paths that already exists," Flake said.
Flake said there's likely to be bipartisan support for the proposal, "because that’s the only way a deal can be had. I think there’s a good-faith effort underway on both sides of the aisle."
Congressional Democrats also remain hopeful that House Republicans will quickly take up the issue, possibly in December before another round of negotiations over a short-term spending bill in January.
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), who worked with Flake on the Senate deal, has held several telephone conversations on the subject with senior GOP lawmakers, according to aides.
“Certainly politically it would benefit us if [House Republicans] don’t pass any bill, and they can’t pass any bill without some Democratic votes. But the overwhelming view of Democrats is that we’d sacrifice that political advantage to get a bill that moves America’s immigration policy forward,” Schumer said Wednesday.
The campaign launching Thursday will include outreach to nearly 90,000 voters in the nine districts through door-to-door outreach and phone calls. Additionally, the AFL-CIO announced plans Tuesday to spend more than $1 million on a bilingual television ad campaign in Bakersfield, Calif., Denver, Atlanta and Orlando and in the Washington, D.C. market. The SEIU plans to announce a similar ad campaign Thursday, according to people familiar with the plans.
Of the lawmakers targeted, Denham and Valadao have endorsed a comprehensive immigration bill authored by House Democrats that merges elements of the bipartisan Senate immigration plan passed over the summer with a bipartisan border security plan passed unanimously by a House committee in May. Denham said last week that he met with a good reception when he discussed the bill with colleagues during their weekly caucus-wide meeting.
Several of the other targeted Republicans reiterated their support for immigration reform this week but said they're still reviewing the various proposals.
Aides to Heck said the congressman believes the House should act "in a timely manner." Miller said in a statement that he plans to "closely examine the merits and consequences of any proposal." Coffman said he is eager to work on the issue, "but that is appearing less likely given the limited time that is left on the calendar."
Jackie Kucinich and David Nakamura contributed to this report.
The Cost of Inaction on Immigration Reform
It has been more than four months since the Senate passed immigration reform. Each day the House delays immigration reform, millions of dollars are lost in tax revenues.
Immigration Reform Put On The Back Burner as White House and Congress Continue To Debate Syria
The debate over whether or not to take military action in Syria that has recently gripped the White House and Congress has caused one hot button domestic issue to fall by the wayside: immigration.
Immigration overhaul has been at the center of President Obama's domestic agenda, with the president arguing there is no reason why the bipartisan "Gang of Eight" immigration bill shouldn't pass by this summer's end. However, summer recess is over, and Congress is likely to delay considering the issue until the end of the year, if not longer.
The potential postponement understandably has overhaul advocates upset, especially after a summer that seemed a likely turning point for the initiative, given that conservative opposition was easing. Forward momentum also came from the White House, with Obama integrating rhetoric advocating bipartisan immigration overhaul into speeches as seemingly unrelated as his remarks on housing reform. With the debate over intervention in Syria this last month, that agenda has largely been put on the back-burner.
If immigration reform gets pushed back, "we will see an ongoing tearing apart of families due to the massive detention and deportation system that is already in place, a continuation of marginalization of people without documents, and a lot of anger overall," Amy Gottlieb, Program Director at American Friends Service Committee Immigrant Rights Program, told Bustle.
Michelle Gonzalez, a 2013 Fellow at Immigration Equality, weighed in another crucial issue that will suffer if immigration overhaul gets delayed: detention reform.
"A lot of [these reforms] are life and death, no exaggeration," Gonzalez told Bustle, "especially for our clients, like LGBT people, and especially transgender people. It’s a really terrible place to be in. [Detained transgender individuals] are often denied the hormones that they need. This may lead to severe depression, suicidal thoughts."
"Detention reform would really be helpful not just for LGBT people, but for all people who are subject to detention," Gonzalez added. "That’s not something you want to put on the back-burner."
The gap between the expectations of reform proponents and the reality they face in Washington widens more each day. Simultaneously, the window of time Congress has to take action shrinks — if the House does not take up the immigration bill the Senate passed in June by the end of this year, members will have to decide whether to vote on the highly controversial issue in the middle of a Congressional election year. Congress only has nine working days in September, 14 in October, and eight each in November and December.
The delay on voting on the bill could likely extend until after the November elections, in large part because Republican primaries start in the spring, and many Congresspeople may be unwilling to touch the immigration issue right before facing their conservative constituents.
But advocates of immigration overhaul do not intend to let up. Focus is being directed to October, when rallies in at least 40 cities will take place on the fifth of the month, followed by a march and rally in Washington on October 8. Leaders say the issue of Syria, as well as the debt ceiling debate, should not become "excuses" to ignore immigration.
“We’re gearing up for late October — we’re going to push really hard for votes this fall and negotiations with the Senate,” Frank Sharry, the executive director of advocacy group America's Voice, to the New York Times. “We never figured we’d have an opportunity in September because of the budget stuff and with the debt ceiling."
In an exclusive interview with Telemundo’s Enfoque anchor José Diaz-Balart, Senator John McCain (R-AZ), one of the "Gang of Eight" authors, echoed the sentiments of overhaul advocates.
“I’m very concerned about that — because this issue must be addressed,” McCain said, referring to the possibility of other issues overshadowing immigration reform.
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), who is working on his own bipartisan immigration bill in the House, agreed.
“Time is our enemy,” he told NBC Latino. “If we don’t get it done this year, it gets more difficult.”
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