Undocumented Immigrants Should Not Be Afraid To Report Crimes

By Guest Blogger Sol Kim. A few weeks back, I witnessed an unpleasant situation in a shop in Rogers, Arkansas.  Customers were lining up to pay for their items when a second cash register opened. A few customers immediately moved from one line to the other. A Caucasian man started complaining aloud and directed it ...

The Unnecessary Cost of Stalling Immigration Reform

By Guest Blogger Jordan S. Vahdat Senate bill S.744 would provide a path to citizenship to about 11 million illegal immigrants. However, the bill has stalled in the House of Representatives. Republicans currently hold a majority in the House and even though they have publicly announced their commitment to immigration reform, we have not seen ...

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) – A year later and the problems begin

It has been more than a year since President Obama announced that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals would begin and allow those that qualify to stay in the U.S. for a period of two years and to legally work here. Many children of Undocumented Immigrants have greatly benefitted from this program. They can now legally ...

Think Before You Plead

By: Joe Alfaro We see it all the time. Potential clients come into the office seeking help with their immigration case. During the consultation we ask if they have any criminal history and we hear the same story from the client, “I was arrested, they told me that if I plead guilty it would only ...

Immigration Reform Bill passed by Senate-What happens next?

The Senate passed the Immigration Reform bill on June 27,2013, by a vote of 68-32. The bill is now headed to the House of Representatives. The Immigration Reform Bill has an added amendment to increase border security. The amended bill requires 20,000 more Border Patrol agents, 700 miles of fence along the Mexican border and ...

What Does DOMA have to do with Immigration?

The United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act today by a 5-4 margin. The Defense Of Marriage Act barred the recognition of same-sex marriage for the purpose of extending federal benefits to same sex couples. Justice Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, ruling that the law violates the rights of gays and ...

What’s So Bad About Notarios?

 How would the Immigration Reform Protect Undocumented Immigrants from Notarios? What is a Notario? A “Notario” is the Spanish term for Notary Public. Many Latino immigrant readers may not know that in the United States the Notary Public is very limited in what type of services he or she can offer. The main purpose of ...

Immigration Reform Bill 2013-What’s up with it

Where are we now?           The Immigration Reform bill is officially known as Senate Bill Number S.744, “Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act.” This bill allows for approximately 11 million undocumented immigrants already present in the United States to begin a path to becoming a citizen. At Orta Law we will be tracking ...

My Name is Lawrence Orta. Would you like to know more?

I am happy to invite you all to my new journal.  Why do I spend my time on this?  I care about the direct impact that  these immigration laws have on the community.  Changes in immigration laws can dictate how not just one person is affected, but how an entire family can be changed forever. ...

Happy to announce new office space

The Orta law firm is happy to announce their new location: Orta Law Firm 406 N. State Line Ave. Texarkana, AR Lawrence Orta can be read about at his Texarkana Attorney Area.