Author: Frances Valdez

Ending 287(g) for a safer immigrant community

In 2008, Adrian Garcia became the first Hispanic sheriff in the history of Harris County, Texas.  As sheriff, Garcia proceeded to preside over one of the largest 287(g) programs in the United States.  In June 2016, former Sheriff Ron Hickman renewed Harris County’s participation in 287(g).  After more than a year of organizing, having direct […]

New Travel Ban Halted by Federal Judges

On March 6, 2017, President Trump’s administration issued a new executive order to replace the travel ban that went into effect on January 27, 2017 (and was halted by judicial decision).  The new order was set to into effect on March 16, 2017. This second order contained many of the elements of the first and […]

Be Prepared: Make a Plan

Our hearts ache for the families affected by recent immigration raids. As President Trump’s administration continues to roll out its expanded deportation priorities, we encourage everyone to remain calm while also planning for the future. You should take steps to be prepared for any eventuality: Consider meeting with an immigration attorney or accredited BIA representative […]

Updates about the Presidential Executive Order instituting travel restrictions

On Friday, January 27, 2017, United States President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order restricting travel from seven majority Muslim nations, “EXECUTIVE ORDER: PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES.” Over the next few days this travel ban caused chaos and confusion at U.S. airports as documented legal immigrants were detained, […]

DHS makes changes to T Visa

DHS makes changes to T Visa for victims of human trafficking The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it will make changes to the regulations that outline requirements and procedures for applicants seeking T nonimmigrant status (T visa). The T visa was created for and provides immigration protection to victims of human trafficking, […]

Support Texas Immigrants

FValdezLaw PC is dedicated to informing you about issues that affect the immigrant community. Today we highlight the work of United We Dream – Houston and their fight against anti-immigrant bills that have been filed with the Texas Legislature. We encourage you to sign United We Dream’s petition to keep In-State tuition for undocumented students: […]

“Houston is Home” featuring Fran Watson and Oscar Hernandez

“Movement Talk with Frances Valdez” kicks off the year with a conversation with Fran Watson, President of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, and Oscar Hernandez, United We Dream Houston, about their expectations & hopes for 2017. The conversation highlights the importance of the LGBTQ and immigrant community working together to make sure that Houston and […]

MECA Houston December events in “Movement Talk with Frances Valdez”

In this short segment of “Movement Talk with Frances E. Valdez” we revisit MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts). Learn more about the events MECA hosts in Houston during the month of December, shared through the voices of former MECA students — Armando Silva (Professional Dancer & Assistant to the Director of MECA) […]