Stupid Thoughts – Especially for Immigrants

I’ve had a few drinks, but I’m ok to drive.”

“I’m actually a better driver when I’ve been drinking.”

“Well, I don’t have money for a ride, so I guess I have to drive myself.”

What do all of these thoughts have in common? They’re categorically stupid thoughts that we all tend to think when we’ve been drinking.

We at WGV have seen dozens of individuals and families devastated because an immigrant loved-one believed one of these stupid thoughts.

First, the expense is enormous. The fines and penalties for the criminal case can exceed $20,000, and this does not include the costs on the immigration side, which are often even greater.

Worse, if you’re a non-U.S. citizen, a DWI can subject you to prolonged ICE detention and deportation. Recent changes to the immigration law punish immigrants with DWIs even more severely than before.

So, for the love of Christmas, please don’t believe these stupid thoughts!

Do your loved ones and your immigration attorneys a huge favor this holiday season, and DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Need help figuring out your sober transportation solution? Go to austintexas.gov/gethomesafe for free and low cost resources in and around Austin.

And if a loved one falls victim to a stupid thought, call our Emergency Line at 877-339-1422 or text us at 512-213-0005 for immediate help. We’ll be available through the holidays.

Forget “Freedom of Speech”! Be careful with your social media posts!

Many people have a poor understanding of what is meant by “freedom of speech” in the United States. There are many legal limitations that apply to “freedom of speech” and this is especially true for non-citizens. Therefore, if you have an immigration case, please know that the government will be scouring your social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, What’sApp, and many others. PLEASE do not post anything online that could put your case at risk, such as comments about drugs, crime, or violence, or even jokes that could be seen as degrading toward any group such as women, members of a particular religion, or minorities. And for heaven’s sake, DO NOT post pictures of yourself engaging in illegal activity! After you become a citizen, you can exercise freedom of speech more fully, but until then, please follow the “Grandma Rule”* with your social media activity (*if your grandmother would like it, it’s probably o.k.)!

If you need more information or are concerned about your social media presence, email us or call us at 512-633-1785 to make an appointment.

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