For U.S. Citizens: Here’s How and Why to Contact Your Elected Representatives.

One key aspect of our democratic system involves contacting our members of Congress about issues that matter to us. Each time you call, write, email or fax your member of Congress, his or her office staff must stop and make a recording of your communication. The more letters, notes, faxes, and emails you send, and the more calls you make – or better yet, the more you visit their offices – the more staff time you consume. When we contact them repeatedly about issues that matter, we can sometimes actually get the attention of our elected officials. For these reasons, we at WGV are asking all of our U.S. Citizen clients to contact their members of Congress.

Here are some ways to do it:

Text Them!

A wonderful new smart phone app allows you to quickly and easily send a text message to your elected representatives – the app converts your text into a fax that is then sent to your Senators’ offices. To use, just text the word “Resist” to 50-409 and follow the instructions. Each time you would like to send a new fax, simply re-text the word “Resist.” Feel free to text them every single day!

Send them mail!

For your convenience, WGV has printed several hundred new pro-immigrant post cards (image above). In addition, we have pre-addressed these for congressional representatives from around Texas as well as for the White House. Come on in to the office and fill out some cards. We’ll gladly stamp and send them for you.

Call them!

In the age of the smart phone, it is easy to put your member of Congress on speed dial. Each member has at least two or three offices – one in DC and at least one in the area they represent. Call every office and recruit friends and family members from around the state and country to call as well. All it takes is approximately a dozen calls on a particular issue to really make an impact. And it’s free!

WGV is here to help

We at WGV are glad to support friends and clients in their efforts to participate in our democracy. Our office staff can provide translation, assist with looking up representatives and contact information, and send correspondence for you to the President and Congress.

Support the Dream Act of 2017!

A bi-partisan group of law-makers has introduced the Dream Act of 2017. If passed, this law would serve to provide permanent resident status to those in our community who arrived in the USA as children and have grown up here.

This program would be an enormous benefit to our families, our communities, and our economy. However, the President has indicated that he intends to use the proposal as a bargaining chip in his battle to secure Congressional funding for a border wall and ramped up deportations.

Our law-makers need to know how we feel about these issues. Please contact your members of Congress and say:

  1. Please support the DREAM Act of 2017 as written.
  2. No funding for Trump’s border wall.
  3. No increased detention and deportation of our immigrant community.
  4. Please pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform!


DACA: Your Questions Answered

On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration ended the Obama-era program known as “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” or “DACA.” Many of our clients have been asking the following questions:

Q: If I have DACA, will I be able to keep working?

A: Yes. You will be eligible to continue working lawfully until the expiration of your work permit.

Q: If I have DACA, will ICE use the information on my applications to find me and deport me?

A: Probably not. The Department of Homeland Security has announced that information provided by DACA applicants will not be furnished to ICE for deportation purposes unless an individual is a criminal or security threat.

Q: If I have DACA and it expires on or before March 5, 2018, will I be able to renew it?

A: Yes. You must submit your application to renew your DACA before October 5, 2017.

Q: If I have DACA and it expires after March 5, 2018, will I be able to renew it?

A: No. If you submit a renewal application, it will be rejected.

Q: If I have a DACA application pending, may it still be approved?

 R: Applications that were submitted before September 5, 2017 will be adjudicated.

 Q: If I have DACA Advance Parole, may I still travel?

R: Yes. However, it is advisable to consult with your attorney regarding your planned travel before departing the USA.

Q: I have an application for DACA Advance Parole pending with USCIS. What is going to happen?

A: USCIS has announced that pending applications for DACA Advance Parole will be returned along with the filing fees to the applicants.

We at WGV will continue to fight for our many beloved immigrant youth – those who benefitted from DACA and those who did not – as well as for our many undocumented family and friends.

If you need assistance renewing DACA, please contact us immediately at (512) 633 – 1785.