Saturday, January 1, 2011

Violence Across the Border Certain to Be Hot Topic in New Year


All of us at Bertolino LLP would like to extend our wishes for a wonderful new year. May 2011 be a year that brings you and your family health, happiness, and security. Our experienced attorneys in Austin, Houston, and San Antonio will be here for you throughout the year to assist with your legal needs.

One major issue that certainly will continue to dominate the news and casual discussions among friends in 2011 is the violence that is occurring across the border. While many men and women come to the United States with hopes of a more prosperous future or perhaps to escape the violence that surrounds them, the murders that are occurring in border towns add tension to the debate that is occurring regarding how immigrants who enter our country illegally should be treated.

Ciudad Juarez, the Mexican town that stands directly across from El Paso, Texas, is now one of the deadliest cities in the world. There were more than 3000 people killed in 2010 over turf battles connected to drug trafficking, with 359 deaths occurring in the month of October alone. That's a staggering figure that understandably has Texans nervous. With the violence already pouring over the border on a regular basis, state and federal officials are wondering what measures should be taken to keep people safe. And, what responsibility to we have to offer humanitarian outreach to innocent Mexicans who are desperate to escape the bloodshed?

Being residents of a border state, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP understand the importance of keeping up with immigration law. We will be following the debates on this issue that will continue to unfold in the new year so that we are able to offer you the best counsel possible. If you are facing an issue regarding your immigration status, or if you have somehow been caught up in the violence that has made its way into our state, we can help. Please contact us today.