Law Office of Valdez & Monarrez
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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.

January 2019 Archives

Immigrant children allegedly harmed in detention

The Trump Administration has held more than 10,000 immigrant children in detention at facilities in Texas and other states along the border, and the treatment of these kids has come under major scrutiny. Several lawsuits allege that the administration did not meet the minimum standard of care, which requires the least restrictive environment possible. The plaintiffs claim that the government did this purposefully to punish immigrant families.

What to do if you are stopped by police or immigration

It is a difficult and probably more than a little frightening time for immigrants in the United States. This is doubly true for any visitors who are undocumented. Fortunately, everyone in the United States has constitutional rights to protect them regardless of their immigration or citizenship status.

Government shutdown cancels over 40,000 immigration hearings

Many immigrants live in Texas, and those who have been waiting for their immigration hearings will have to wait longer. The government shutdown that began in December 2018 has forced immigration courts to cancel 42,726 hearings according to figures collected by the Transaction Records Access Clearinghouse.

Changes impact H-1B work visa process

Employers and employees in Texas may be concerned about potential changes to the H-1B work visa program. Obtaining an H-1B visa can be an important step toward a lucrative professional career as well as the ability to obtain permanent residency. Unlike other forms of work visas, H-1B visas can be transitioned into green cards for eligible immigrants. On an annual basis, there are 85,000 of these work visas issued. While 65,000 go to people with a bachelor's degree, 20,000 are designated for those with a master's degree or other advanced education.

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