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with Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca
Gerardo Menchaca on the new restrictions on public benefits for those who are applying for the Permanent Residency.August 12, 2019 - Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the new restrictions on public benefits for those who are applying for the Permanent Residency in the US.
Gerardo Menchaca discussing Erick Sandoval's deportation case that holds his life on the line.July 26, 2019 - Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca discussing Erick Sandoval's deportation case that holds his life on the line as he awaits his approval for political asylum in the US.
Gerardo Menchaca explains the expansion of the rules governing the expedited removal.July 24, 2019 - Univision 41, TV Interview. Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca explains the expansion of the rules governing the expedited removal.
Gerardo Menchaca on the upcoming raids of undocumented persons in the USA.July 12, 2019 – Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the upcoming raids of undocumented persons in the USA announced by President Trump.
Gerardo Menchaca on the newly agreed plan set in motion by President Donald Trump.June 12, 2019 – Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the newly agreed plan set in motion by President Donald Trump and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador that is making life harder for those looking for political asylum in the United States.
Gerardo Menchaca on the increasing number of deportation cases now pending in immigration courts across the country.May 29, 2019 – Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the increasing number of deportation cases now pending in immigration courts across the country.
Gerardo Menchaca discussing the situation of Dreamers, as well as what Congress is expected to do.May 8, 2019 – Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca discussing the situation of Dreamers, as well as what Congress is expected to do.
Gerardo Menchaca on the release of thousands of undocumented familiesMay 1, 2019 – Univision 41, TV Interview. Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the release of thousands of undocumented families in detention centers along border cities.
Gerardo Menchaca on Trump's ArrivalApril 10, 2019 – Univision 41, TV InterviewCommentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca regarding President Trump’s arrival to San Antonio, Texas.
Gerardo Menchaca on Political AsylumJuly 11, 2018 – Telemundo 60, TV Interview
Commentary by Immigration Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on Jeff Sessions´ decision to remove gang and domestic violence as grounds to qualify for political asylum.
Gerardo Menchaca Trump on DACAMarch 29, 2018 – Telemundo 60, TV Interview
Commentary by Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca on the fact that President Trump will not approve any DACA legislation unless Congress approves funding for the wall.
Tomas Resendez San Antonio Best Lawyer 2018June 2018 – Tomas Resendez on Best Lawyers of 2018
Lawyer Tomas Resendez was delighted to learn that his name will appear on this year’s list of best lawyers in San Antonio practicing immigration law. The list will appear in the June issue of San Antonio Scene Magazine.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Best Lawyer 2018March 27, 2018 – We made the Best SA Lawyers 2018!
San Antonio Scene Magazine announced that Gerardo Menchaca will be listed as one of the best lawyers in San Antonio in immigration law. It is a pleasure and an honor to be named on this list for the 6th time since 2011.
Gerardo Menchaca on the Government ShutdownJanuary 22, 2018 – Univision 41 Edición Digital, TV Interview
Legal analysis provided by Attorney Gerardo Menchaca regarding what the Government shutdown means for Dreamers, the proposed RAISE Act and the Visa Lottery program.
Gerardo Menchaca on the Cancellation of DACAJanuary 16, 2018 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview
DACA recipients get temporary reprieve but are left with an uncertain future.

The cancelation of the DACA program exposed Dreamers to losing their jobs and facing deportation. However, a federal judge ordered USCIS to continue to renew DACA work permits. The judge’s order will be appealed making it unclear how long the court’s order will remain in place, but in the meantime DACA work permits can be renewed. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca, who was interviewed for this story, outlined the timeline of the DACA work permit renewal.
Gerardo Menchaca on DACAJanuary 11, 2018 – Univision 41, TV Interview
Live in studio interview with Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca regarding the negotiations to save DACA between the President and Congressional Democrats.
Gerardo Menchaca on Immigration Law ProposalsJanuary 8, 2018 – Univision 41, TV Interview

The President makes remarks suggesting he is open to offering a DACA solution only 55 days before the program is set to expire. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca commented on the immigration law proposals currently before congress.
Gerardo Menchaca Press Conference on Rosa MariaNovember 4, 2017 – Press Conference
Press conference on the aftermath of Rosa Maria Hernandez’s detention, the 10-year-old undocumented girl who was detained by Border Patrol while in route to an emergency surgery. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca delivered remarks urging Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to adopt policies to prevent Border Patrol from detaining people in ambulances who need emergency medical care.
Gerardo Menchaca on Detention of Undocumented GirlOctober 26, 2017 – News 4 WOAI, Digital News Interview
Border Patrol detains 10-year old girl with cerebral palsy after surgery.


A 10-year old undocumented immigrant, is detained by Border Patrol agents, while in an ambulance in route to a hospital for an emergency surgery. Agents allowed the girl to pass the checkpoint but followed her to the hospital over 100 miles away. After surgery, the girl was taken into detention. This case highlights that undocumented immigrants must often choose between emergency health care and being detained. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed to comment on the developing story.
Gerardo Menchaca at Texas State UniversityOctober 25, 2017 – Texas State University Student Government, Presentation
The Texas State University Student Government invited Attorney Gerardo Menchaca for a dialogue with students titled “Immigration Unplugged”. The presentation will focus on the effect the cancelation of the DACA program and other proposed immigration legislation will have on students.
Gerardo Menchaca on DACAOctober 12, 2017 – Miami Herald, by Glenn Garvin, Newspaper Interview
Could saving DACA cost the US billions of dollars in foreign investment?


The immigration reform plans endorsed by President Trump places the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) against the future of the EB5 visa program for investors. In this interview, Attorney Gerardo Menchaca predicted that the EB5 would be temporarily extended.
Gerardo Menchaca on Detainment of DACASeptember 11, 2017 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview
Border Patrol temporarily detains nine DACA recipients at Falfurrias checkpoint.


DACA recipients were apparently detained due to confusion over changes in policy (the announcement of the future cancelation of the DACA program). Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca explained the DACA application process and the validity of the DACA authorization cards for this interview.
Gerardo Menchaca on KSATAugust 3, 2017 – KSAT 12 News, TV Interview/Digital News
Families could feel proposed changes in immigration law.


The President favors an immigration system based on a merit point scale, while scaling back the rights of US Citizens to immigrate certain family members. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed for this report.
Gerardo Menchaca on Investor Visa ProgramAugust 3, 2017 – Miami Herald, by Glenn Garvin, Newspaper Interview
Florida could lose millions of investment dollars if Trump-backed immigration bills passes.


The President endorsed a plan to overhaul the US immigration system. This plan includes a little-noticed provision to scuttle the EB5 Investor Visa program, which has funneled more than $18 billion of foreign investment into the USA. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca, who represents EB5 foreign investors, was interviewed for this report.
Gerardo Menchaca on Immigration ReformAugust 2, 2017 – San Antonio Express-News, Op Ed by Gerardo Menchaca
Only reform will stop immigrant tragedies.


Many undocumented immigrants, including women and children, lose their lives in their desperate attempt to come work in the USA. Pursuit of the American dream and a lack of temporary work visas under our current immigration laws, cause thousands of immigrants to risk their lives to reach American soil. US companies offer many low-pay, low-skill jobs that most Americans do not want, but immigrants do want these jobs. To save lives and to fill these job openings, Congress should create a sensible workable temporary worker program. Only a change in our immigration system will prevent further deaths.
Gerardo Menchaca on the Immigration ShiftAugust 2, 2017 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview


Senate bill would shift immigration to a merit-based system.
The President and Senate Republicans proposed a new immigration system designed to cut legal immigration in half. The proposed law, known as the RAISE Act, would qualify would-be immigrants based on a point system. It also would eliminate a US Citizen’s right to immigrate parents and siblings. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed for this story.
Gerardo Menchaca on the Smuggling SurvivorsAugust 1, 2017 – News 4 WOAI, TV Interview
Immigration attorney shares what’s next for smuggling survivors.


Attorney Gerardo Menchaca explained the limited immigration options facing the survivors of the smuggling operation that caused the death of 10 people.
Gerardo Menchaca on Immigrant RightsJuly 13, 2017 – El Hispano News, Newspaper Interview
Fear Must be Defeated.


Interview addressing the fears faced by the immigrant community in Dallas, Texas amid proposed changes to immigration law designed to curve legal and illegal immigration. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca urged the immigrant community to suppress their fears and to remember that immigrants have rights under the law.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Scene 2017 Best LawyersApril 21, 2017 – We made the best lawyers list, again!


San Antonio Scene Magazine revealed that Attorney Menchaca will be listed as one of 2017’s best lawyers in San Antonio.
Gerardo Menchaca at OLLU PresentationMarch 29, 2017 – Our Lady of the Lake University, SGA Presentation
Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca was invited as a speaker at the “Breaking Borders” presentation. The panel discussion will center on how proposed changes to immigration law will affect students and the neighboring community.
Gerardo Menchaca at a Border Unity RallyMarch 25, 2017 – Rally at the Border, a unity rally between neighbors, Del Rio, Texas
Border Unity Rally hosted by the people and City of Del Rio to highlight the historical friendship ties between Mexico and the USA. Elected officials, grassroots activists, business leaders and citizens from both Mexico and the USA are expected to attend. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca will serve as the master of ceremony.
Gerardo Menchaca on KSAT about Border Unity RallyMarch 22, 2017 – KSAT 12 News, TV Interview/Digital News
Border Unity Rally set for Saturday in Del Rio.


Leaders in the US Mexico Border plan a unity rally in hopes of sending a message of friendship to Washington. The rally is a binational, bicultural and bipartisan event. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca will be the Master of Ceremony at this event.
Gerardo Menchaca on Immigration CeremoniesNovember 21, 2016 – Fox News 9 KABB, TV Interview/Digital News
US Magistrate Judge will no longer preside over immigration ceremonies.


A US Federal Magistrate Judge, while presiding over a US naturalization ceremony, where hundreds of immigrants were sworn in as US Citizens, allegedly told the crowd that if they did not like the President of the USA, that they could go to another country. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed on camera for this story.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Scene 2016 Best LawyerApril 9, 2016 – We made the best lawyers list, again!


San Antonio Scene Magazine declared that Gerardo Menchaca will be listed as one of 2016’s best lawyers in San Antonio.
Gerardo Menchaca on Hillary Clinton’s immigration reformFebruary 22, 2016 – Houston Chronicle, Newspaper Interview
Ex-Clinton aide: Hillary offers best shot at immigration reform.


Former Energy Secretary Bill Richardson said that Hillary Clinton is committed to passing comprehensive immigration reform. Clinton said she will do this within her first 100 days in office. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed to comment on the elimination of the 10-year ban.
Gerardo Menchaca on San Antonio Express NewsDecember 23, 2015 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview
San Antonio family to spend Christmas with father in detention.


An immigrant from Sri Lanka is facing deportation, meanwhile his children are eligible for DACA. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed for this story regarding Government’s ability to use prosecutorial discretion as an option to avoid splitting a family apart.
Gerardo Menchaca on SAENNovember 21, 2014 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview
Immigrants here study their new legal path.


President Obama issued an immigration executive order that (1) expands the DACA program for young people who were not previously covered, (2) grants undocumented parents of US Citizens, who have lived in the USA for at least 5 years, a chance at a work permit and a 3-year no deportation period, and (3) provides work permits to spouses of high skilled workers who are waiting on their Green Cards. Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca explained the type of evidence some of his immigration clients have used to prove they qualify for the DACA program.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Scene Best Lawyers 2014April 22, 2014 – 3rd time named to the best lawyers list.


We are pleased to learn that San Antonio Scene Magazine made it known that Gerardo Menchaca will be named in its SA Lawyers: Best of 2014.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Scene Best Lawyers 2012June 2012 – Our 2nd time on the list.


It is an honor that the San Antonio Scene Magazine included Gerardo Menchaca in its SA Lawyers Best of 2012. Mr. Menchaca was “referred by members of the law community as one of SA’s best lawyers” as featured in the June/July 2012 issue of SA Scene.
Gerardo Menchaca San Antonio Scene Best Lawyers 2011July 2011 – We made the list for the 1st time.


San Antonio Scene Magazine will include Gerardo Menchaca in its SA 2011 Top Lawyers. This is great news for our team.
Gerardo Menchaca on The Victoria AdvocateDecember 25, 2010 – The Victoria Advocate, Newspaper Interview
Illegal immigrant dreams of better future in U.S., Immigrant’s hopes dashed by defeat of legislation.


This article explains the proposed 2010 Dream Act that died in the Senate after having been approved by the House of Representatives. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed for this story.
Gerardo Menchaca interviewed by San Antonio Express NewsJuly 12, 2006 – San Antonio Express News, Newspaper Interview


Undocumented students look to imperiled measure.


The original Dream Act, proposed in 2001, is in danger of dying at the hands of Congress. This proposed law would provide a path to Permanent Residency for young immigrants who go to college or join the military. It applies to people under 16 years old who have been in the USA for 5 years or more, and who within 6 years of completing high school, have a clean criminal record, have completed 2 years of college or served in the military. Attorney Gerardo Menchaca was interviewed for this story and commented on the problems that the proposed Dream Act would solve for would be Dreamers.
Gerardo Menchaca at University of Texas at San AntonioOctober 21, 2005 – University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Office of International Programs, Presentation
The UTSA Office of International Programs will hosts Lawyer Gerardo Menchaca, about “How to Get a Work Visa”. The discussion will center on the practical knowledge needed by international students to obtain a work visa after graduation from college.