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Trump demands border wall for DACA deal

On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that if Democrats want a deal to protect hundreds of thousands of DACA Dreamers from deportation, they have to be willing to agree to a border wall and other changes to existing immigration laws, Politico reported.

DACA refers to the program created by the Obama Administration called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program protects young people who are in the country illegally from deportation. Most of the Dreamers, as they are called, were brought to the U.S. as young children and know no other home. 

ICE arrests man after green card is recommended

A Colorado man was doing his best to legally adjust his immigration status. He paid all his taxes, had no criminal record and supported his four U.S. citizen children working construction. Although he has been in the country without proper documentation since 1998, he had been trying to rectify that situation since 2001.

It seemed he was going to get a shot at the dream. With the help of an immigration attorney and his eldest daughter, a Yale student, he had put together what sounds like a strong application. He lined up references and paid the correct fees. He was scheduled for a final interview and was expecting to be a lawful permanent resident soon.

Houston Mayor: You don't need to show ID to get into storm shelters

There is a rumor going around that undocumented immigrants will be checked at storm shelters and relief shelters, but that myth has been debunked.

Both Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo have confirmed that people seeking shelter from Tropical Storm Harvey will not be asked for their immigration status, religion or language spoken. 

The SB4 "show me your papers" law, which doesn't take effect officially until Sept. 1, and deportations will be put on hold as Harvey bears down on Texas and threatens lives.

What that means is no one should avoid seeking safety for themselves or their family out of fear of being deported or being questioned about legal status. Make sure to get help because the situation is supposed to get worse before it gets better.

The Houston Police Department is asking those in need of assistance to call 911 for life-threatening emergencies, and to use 311 or the department's non-emergency number, 713-884-3131, when appropriate.

Deportation much more common under Trump Administration

New data has been released that shows how much more difficult it is for undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation now that Donald Trump is president.

Immigration court data was released earlier this month and showed that from February to June, there was a sharp decline in the number of immigrants who were able to reach deals with prosecutors, thereby avoiding deportation.

Texas passes 'show me your papers' law

On Sunday night, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, signed a new law that lets police officers ask about immigration status during traffic stops and arrests, and on college campuses, if they suspect that a person could be in the country illegally.

Under the "show me your papers" measure of Senate Bill 4, the person does not need to be under arrest in order to be asked for immigration papers. The American Civil Liberties Union believes the law will result in illegal arrests of people who are assumed to be "foreign" based on their looks or accents.

On Monday, the ACLU issued a "travel alert" which advises anyone in or traveling to Texas that they could experience a violation of their constitutional rights when stopped by law enforcement.

Your rights when questioned by immigration agents

If you are not a U.S. citizen, then you are probably living with a greater sense of anxiety and fear than you were a year ago.

Under President Obama, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was told to only deport those who had committed serious crimes. However, under President Trump's administration, any undocumented immigrant can be deported.

Even immigrants who are living in the country legally are finding themselves being questioned by ICE agents, and it can be a very scary situation.

DACA in danger with Trump Administration

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has allowed more than 750,000 young unauthorized immigrants to live and work in the United States without the threat of deportation, thanks to President Obama's 2012 executive order.

However, the future of the program under the Trump Administration is uncertain.

DACA applies to undocumented immigrants who entered the country before the age of 16 and meet certain requirements, including being enrolled in high school or having a high school degree or GED, as well as not having any serious criminal convictions.

DACA grants these individuals, a group sometimes called "Dreamers," a two-year work permit. The question is whether the Trump Administration will allow participants to remain in the program by accepting renewals -- or flat out cancelling the program.

Will Trump's presidency result in mass deportations?

It's too early to know exactly how Donald Trump's presidency and a Republican-controlled Congress will affect immigration policy in the United States.

It's no secret that Trump called for the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants while he was on the campaign trail, but it is yet to be determined if he will actually follow through on that promise.

One big issue that Trump's administration will have to consider is the effect mass deportations could have on the economy.

I overstayed my visa. Now what?

Our lead attorney, Mana Yegani, was recently interviewed by the Houston Chronicle for a news report on people who entered the country legally on a visa, and then stayed in the country after the visa had expired.

Even though these individuals could technically be deported, many are able to continue living their lives in the U.S., so long as they stay out of trouble with the law.

Working and paying taxes is usually possible by getting an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number. However, they are unable to renew their driver's licenses, open bank accounts or have access to social security.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement simply does not have the ability to find everyone who has overstayed their visas and deport them. But living in the shadow of the law isn't something that everyone is comfortable doing, and many wonder what they can do to remain in the country legally.

Immigrants becoming citizens in order to vote

When he announced that he was running for president last June, Donald Trump did not have kind words to say about undocumented Mexican immigrants.

"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists," Trump said.

At that time, it didn't seem very likely that Trump could actually be elected to lead the nation. But today, he is as close as anyone can get. He is the Republican candidate for the presidency, and only voters this November stand in his way.

Knowing how important the upcoming election is, a record number of immigrants have been applying for naturalization in order to be eligible to vote.

This spring, the Houston Chronicle reported that naturalization ceremonies had nearly doubled in Houston, and more Latinos than ever are registering to vote.

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