Author: Frances Valdez

Citizenship Month Houston 2016 with Claudia Ortega-Hogue

In this episode of “Movement Talk with Frances Valdez” we speak with Claudia Ortega-Hogue from Global Communities Houston, LLC about the importance of becoming a United States citizen if you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). We also discuss Citizenship Month and the events that will be held during this month for the city of […]

Civic Engagement with Mario Salinas and Bernardo Pena in “Movement Talk with Frances Valdez”

Welcome to “Movement Talk with Frances Valdez,” the show about immigration and other social justice issues. In this episode, you can learn more about New Majority Houston, a campaign that encourages Latino voters in Harris County, Texas to vote with the immigrant community. Bernardo Pena and former Civic Engagement Coordinator Mario Salinas talk with us about how the campaign hopes to mobilize registered voters by educating them about a local policy called 287(g)…

Meet the New Majority Houston in “Movement Talk with Frances Valdez”

Frances Valdez recently spoke to community members in the East End with a campaign called “New Majority Houston, ” a campaign that encourages Latino voters in Harris County, TX to vote with the immigrant community. The campaign hopes to mobilize registered voters by educating them about a local policy called 287(g)…

Questions & Answers about the expansion of the Provisional Waiver Program

As we explained in our latest blog post, on July 29th, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a great opportunity for immigrants who need an unlawful presence waiver and also have a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holders). The change expands the provisional waiver […]

Houston Citizenship Day 2016

On September 17, 2016 members of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) will celebrate AILA’s 10th annual Citizenship Day by assisting lawful permanent residents seeking to become naturalized citizens.  Houston AILA attorneys will partner with Neighborhood Centers Inc., National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund, and the City of Houston’s Department of Neighborhoods […]

USCIS Opens Waivers to More Family Members

On July 29, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a great opportunity for many immigrants with a spouse or parent who is a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident.  In general, U.S. citizens are able to file a petition for their parents, spouse, children, married and unmarried sons and daughters (over 21) as well […]

U.S. Supreme Court stalls DAPA & expanded DACA

President Barack Obama announced DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and expanded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in November 2014. These programs would provide protection for eligible individuals from deportation and would allow them to apply for a work permit. Thus, they would dramatically improve the lives of millions […]

Celebrate DACA, Prepare for DAPA

Celebrating DACA Four years ago (on June 15, 2012) the lives of hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth changed due to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) announcement.  DACA improved the lives for certain young undocumented immigrants, many of whom have spent many years in the U.S. DACA-eligible individuals receive a renewable two-year work […]