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Austin Immigration Attorney - Attorneys
Austin Office: (512) 828-7956
308 E. Rundberg, Austin, TX 78753
McAllen Office: (956) 630-3889
4905 - A N. McColl, McAllen, TX 78504
San Antonio Office: (210) 375-4391
3201 Cherry Ridge, Ste. C303, San Antonio, TX 78230
Waco Office: (254) 732-2524
2923 W. Waco Dr.  Waco TX, 76707

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Raul García was born and raised in the border community of McAllen, Texas, deep in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas.  The second of five children born to Mexican immigrant parents in one of our nation’s poorest regions, Raul understands firsthand the plight of immigrants and the importance of providing affordable legal representation to the traditionally underrepresented. Raul has represented thousands of non-citizens before the immigration court and USCIS.

Raul is particularly proud of being from the Rio Grande Valley.  There he learned that there are no shortcuts to success; it comes only through hard work and persistence.  It is with this in mind that Raul earned his J.D. degree from Seattle University School of Law and in 2001 began to practice immigration law as a non-profit attorney in Austin, Texas.  In 2005, with his late father doubling as his legal assistant, he opened up his own practice in Austin and McAllen.  In 2011, Raul and his brother Carlos formed García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C. Under Raul’s guidance, the offices continue to grow. In addition, Raul recently oversaw the expansion of a third office in San Antonio.

Raul primarily practices out of the Austin office but continues to oversee the management of the Austin, McAllen, and San Antonio offices.  When not practicing law or overseeing the business affairs of the law offices.

Raul enjoys spending time with his wife, Madge Vasquez.  He also hosts a one hour weekly radio show on KEILAH Radio, a Christian radio station in Austin, Texas where he shares information about rights and benefits available to immigrants in the community and where he gives callers an opportunity to voice their opinions and ask questions.

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Carlos Moctezuma García is a co-founder and member at García & García Attorneys at Law, P.L.L.C.. He graduated from Seattle University School of Law with honors where he also was the graduating class speaker. Carlos received his undergraduate degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Mexican American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Carlos grew up in McAllen, TX - one of 5 children - the 4 other siblings much smarter than him. He practices law with his two brothers Raul (member) and Cesar (of counsel) as well as other attorneys in the firm.

His parents who did not have a formal higher education insisted that he and his siblings excel in higher education. Carlos and his siblings grew up in a Section 8 housing project known as “el campito,” where they learned to persevere despite the many obstacles they would confront later in life.


Carlos enjoys losing arguments to the most brilliant lawyer he's ever met - and the one he married. He also has three rambunctious children. His greatest interests are social justice, baseball, and nachos. He’s a board member of the Texas Civil Rights Project (TCRP). Carlos is also a committee member of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association (AILA) National CBP Border Patrol Liaison Committee. In 2016, Carlos was awarded TCRP's Kristi Couvillon's pro bono award. In 2015 ProBAR recognized him as a Pro Bono Champion and in 2013 he was awarded the John E. Cook Pro Bono Award from the Hidalgo County Bar Association. Carlos has litigated and won some of the following types of cases: Cancellation of Removal, Adjustment of Status, Asylum, Withholding, Motions to Terminate, Padilla post-conviction writs, misdemeanor and felony criminal trials.

Sonya practices criminal defense and is responsible for all of our criminal cases at our Austin office.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.  She then attended and graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law where she received her law degree.  

Sonya first became interested in criminal defense after watching a documentary about juvenile defendants and juvenile detention.  After watching this documentary, she decided to explore this interest by taking courses in criminal law, including Juvenile Law and the Capital Punishment Seminar.   During her second year of law school, Sonya applied to the Texas Tech Criminal Defense Clinic.  

Following her acceptance into the clinic, Sonya spent her final year of law school representing indigent defendants in Lubbock County as a student attorney.  While in clinic, Sonya learned the importance of providing quality and diligent representation to all individuals, no matter their background or economic status.  She remains dedicated to providing such representation to all of her clients.

Sonya is a proud native of San Antonio, Texas.  Her interests include basketball, soccer, cooking, and reading.  

Memberships and Admissions:

• Texas Supreme Court

• Texas State Courts and Courts of Appeal

Debbie Cruz, a native of the Rio Grande Valley, received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, graduating Summa Cum Laude and continued on to receive her law degree from SMU Dedman School of Law in Dallas, TX.  

Debbie’s legal experience consists of working for several non-profit organizations, in both Dallas and the Valley, which serve the indigent community with immigration legal services. Working at these non-profits, she quickly realized how immigration and criminal law are intricately related. She realized how important knowing and having an understanding of the criminal justice system was in effectively representing clients in immigration proceedings.  As a result, she joined the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office where she served as an Assistant District Attorney and tried to verdict numerous misdemeanor and felony criminal cases.

 Debbie is passionate about public service and social justice.   


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César Cuauhtémoc García Hernández is a visiting professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law and an associate professor at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He publishes, a blog about the convergence of criminal and immigration law that has been featured on SCOTUSblog and was named one of the best law blogs of 2012 by the ABA Journal.

His academic interests also center on crImmigration, including teaching a seminar on the topic and having published articles about the right to counsel for immigrants in the criminal justice system, immigration imprisonment, and race-based immigration policing in the Maryland Law Review, BYU Law Review, Georgetown Immigration Law Journal, Harvard Latino Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race and Law, and Berkeley Law Raza Law Journal, among others. In addition to teaching a crImmigration seminar, he teaches Immigration Law, and Torts.

Yolanda began her legal career as a public defender in New Mexico where she represented hundreds of clients, successfully trying and winning criminal cases. As immigration questions began to arise in some of her criminal cases, Yolanda began her interest in the field of crimmigration. She takes pride in understanding both criminal and immigration law in order to best serve her clients. 

Yolanda, a native of Brownsville, Texas, received her Bachelor’s degree from St. Edward’s University in Political Science. In 2013, she graduated with her law degree from the Texas Tech University School of Law.

During her time at Tech Law, Yolanda worked closely with the indigent population of West Texas as a student representative in the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and later as a student attorney for the Caprock Regional Public Defender Clinic. Yolanda twice served as the Vice-President for the Hispanic Law Student Association where she raised money for student scholarships awarded at the end of each year to deserving law students. During her last year of law school, Yolanda received an award for excellence in legal research and the Susan B. Fortney award for Ethics.

Yolanda is licensed to practice law both in the State of Texas and New Mexico.


A proud San Antonio boy by birth, and by choice if he could have had a say in the matter, Carlos heads the firm's San Antonio office. Carlos has often appeared on local Spanish-language television and radio stations, discussing current events and topics of importance to the Hispanic community.

After completing both a law degree and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Texas at Austin's School of Law, Carlos worked at the Texas Legislature and has since then focused on immigration law full-time. As the son of two Mexican nationals, immigration issues have always been close to his heart and he is pleased to be working with a law firm like Garcia & Garcia that is dedicated to high-quality representation for its clients.