Texas has been fully supportive the Trump administration in terms of increased immigration enforcement, and even has gone so far as to pass its own laws in an effort to crack down on immigrants living in the state who have no legal status. Immigration can be a volatile subject in the state of Texas, given the large numbers of undocumented immigrants who reside in Texas. Given recent events, however, Houston may need to look to those undocumented immigrants for help. In the aftermath of massive hurricane damage and flooding, Houston residents are wondering how already-struggling construction companies will find enough workers to handle all of the necessary rebuilding. Following Hurricane Katrina, scores of undocumented workers filled the gaps in the construction workforce in order to rebuild New Orleans. Now it is Texas who needs help cleaning up streets, demolishing buildings, and rebuilding businesses and homes. While the House of Representatives has passed an initial Harvey relief bill in the amount of eight million dollars, that is only the tip of the iceberg. The latest estimates indicate that total damages could top $180 million. These figures are comparable to those damages following Hurricane Katrina, which resulted in rebuilding costs of $160 million. The political climate, especially in the state of Texas, has made it increasingly difficult for undocumented immigrants to live and work in the state. Even though there is likely to be a lot of manual labor jobs available in order to rebuild Houston and other affected areas of Texas, undocumented workers may be unwilling to risk deportation by working in Texas. Instead, these workers may seek work in more friendly locales. Increased immigration enforcement may have a significant impact on the available workforce as Houston residents continue to recover from the recent hurricane. In any case, Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., will work tirelessly to free you or your loved one from immigration detention as quickly as possible. We have the experience that you need when you are facing deportation charges, which are becoming more and more common each day. We know how to gather the facts that are relevant to your case, assess your options, and determine whether you have any legal defenses that may enable you to avoid deportation and remain in the United States. Contact the Oakland immigration attorneys at our office today and learn how we potentially can help you and your family through this difficult situation.