Nashville Immigration Lawyer

Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers Discuss 5 Changes to Immigration Laws

by Staff Blogger | January 24th, 2014

January 24, 2014

The new year is here and with the change comes new laws. The Nashville Immigration Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that many in the legal community are interested in what progress will take place with immigration  reform. Last year the Senate passed a bill creating changes, but the House of Representatives shot it down.

According to an article from the Center for American Progress, five laws have been passed in previous years with similar political climates. They include:

  1. The Immigration Control and Reform Act of 1986 – States immigrants who entered the country prior to Jan. 1, 1982, could receive citizenship along with creating penalties for hiring unauthorized workers.
  2. The Immigration Act of 1990 – Allowed for more permanent visas to be distributed and reformed the visas lottery system.
  3. The Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 1996 – Created a 3- to 10-year ban on returning to the United States for any immigrant caught illegally entering the country. Furthermore, it called for anyone seeking asylum to file an application to receive that status within one year of arrival .
  4. The LIFE Act of 2000– Allowed relatives of U.S. citizens and green card holders to change their status to permanent resident without having to leave the country.
  5. DREAM Act of 2010 – Creates a path of citizenship for young, undocumented residents.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates’ Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how complex immigration law can be and are here to help anyone with their questions regarding citizenship.

Tennessee Immigrant Will Now Be Allowed to Stay in United States

by Staff Blogger | November 13th, 2013

November 14, 2013

Obtaining citizenship in the United States can often be difficult. However, the Nashville Immigration Lawyers with Ponce Law explain that the process of obtaining citizenship can be made easier with the right legal help.

Take the case of a Smyrna, Tennessee, woman who has avoided deportation three times and will now be legally allowed to stay in the country.

An article published by USA Today told of how the woman had entered the country illegally in 2009. For the next four years, she waited for legislation to pass that would allow her to follow a legal path towards staying in the country. But as an undocumented worker, the woman faced intense scrutiny from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office, including several trials regarding her deportation.

During each of those sessions, the woman was allowed to remain in the country on a number of conflicting legal issues. Just several weeks ago, at her last hearing, she learned that the ICE office would no longer pursue action against the woman and that she was free to stay in the United States.

Michael D. Ponce & Associates and their team of Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers are ecstatic to learn of the decision that was recently reached and would like to wish the woman the best of luck with her future here in middle Tennessee!

Nashville Immigration Lawyers Discuss Assistance Available To Undocumented Aliens

by Staff Blogger | August 23rd, 2013

August 23, 2013

A local member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Scott DesJarlais, was recently put on the spot at a town hall meeting held in Rutherford County by an 11-year-old girl asking how she could help keep her undocumented father in the United States. The Nashville Immigration Lawyers with Ponce Law say the clip has raised important questions regarding the assistance that is available to those who find themselves in the midst of an immigration claim.

The video clip shows the young girl coming forward and explain how she is documented, but her father is not. She goes on to ask what can be done to help keep her father in the country with her. The lawmaker then acknowledges the young girl’s bravery in coming forward to ask the question, but the responds with a statement explaining, “…we have laws and we need to follow those laws.”

While this statement is true, there is assistance available through the court system for undocumented immigrants. The process of determining how to go about receiving this assistance, through filings like asylum representations and family petitions, can be an extremely complex process though.

The Nashville Personal Injury Lawyers with Michael D. Ponce & Associates explain these complexities are why it is so important for undocumented workers to discuss their legal rights with a reputable attorney.