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Press Releases for NYC and New Jersey Immigration Attorneys

Kerry Bretz Comments on Department of Homeland Security’s Enforcement of Executive Orders Regarding Deportation of Undocumented Immigrants

Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, is available to speak on the Department of Homeland Security exercising its powers in the deportation of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.

On February 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a set of guidelines to carry out President Trump’s immigration policies.

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Eileen Bretz Comments on Impact of Executive Order to Enforce the Immigration and Naturalization Act

With the controversy surrounding President Trump’s executive order to prevent refugees from coming into the United States, Eileen Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the executive order to enforce the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) creates more actual hardships for undocumented immigrants staying in this country.

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Kerry Bretz Condemns President Trump’s Executive Order to Bar People from Middle Eastern Countries

Just days after President Trump signed two executive orders to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase border patrol and immigration enforcement forces, reinstate the Secure Communities program and deny federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” the president issued a third immigration executive order that will temporarily bar people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., stop Syrian refugee admissions, suspend the general refugee admission program for about four months and lay out new vetting requirements. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says these recent executive orders will only punish those who are already in the country with a valid visa and keep those apart from their family members who are already living in the U.S.

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Bretz & Coven, LLP Available to Comment on President Trump’s Executive Orders on Immigration

Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says President Donald J. Trump’s executive actions on immigration — especially the return of the Secured Communities (SCOMM) program — will prove to be a difficult time for any immigrants currently residing in the U.S. and those looking to enter the country. Mr. Bretz adds that, since President Trump’s election, he has received numerous inquiries from new, potential and existing clients.

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Leading Immigration Attorney Supports USCIS' Decision to Expand Provisional Waiver Process

Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' (USCIS) final rule will provide stability to immigrant families by reducing the time U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are separated from their loved ones who are in the process of obtaining visas.

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Leading Immigration Disagrees with Supreme Court's Decision to Not Uphold Immigration Executive Order

Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the Supreme Court should have upheld, not shot down, President Obama’s executive order on immigration. He says it could lead to the deportation of tens of thousands of immigrants who came in illegally, resulting in the breaking apart of immigrant families.

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Leading Immigration Law Firm Expands with New Office in New Jersey

Bretz & Coven, LLP has announced that the firm is opening a new office in New Jersey to better serve its New York metropolitan area clients who live in or close to the state. The office is located at 15 Brant Avenue, Unit 8 in Clark, New Jersey (Exit 135 off the Garden State Parkway).

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Bretz & Coven, LLP Supports Mayor de Blasio’s Plan to Issue U and T Visa Certifications to Undocumented Immigrants

Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the City of New York should be recognized for its forward thinking in providing U and T visa certifications for some of the city’s 535,000 undocumented immigrants, especially those who have been a victim of a criminal act or inhuman treatment. Mr. Bretz says the visas will not only allow those who are in the country without status to assist in the investigation of a crime, but provide them a pathway to legal permanent residency.

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Leading Immigration Attorney Available to Comment on Supreme Court’s Decision to Hear Appeal of Immigration Executive Order for DAPA

As the U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will hear the case on whether to allow President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration to go forward, Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, is available for comment on the Court’s decision to hear the case and its potential impact on immigrant families and the prospect of immigration reform.

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Wrongfully Deported Permanent Resident Returns to the United States through the Help of Bretz & Coven

New York, NY, (May 10, 2012) Agostino Accardo, a 38-year-old lawful permanent resident, returned to the United States today after being wrongfully deported to Italy in December 2009. He has returned as a result of the success of Bretz & Coven, LLP, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and before the Board of Immigration Appeals on remand from the Eleventh Circuit. The federal appellate court held that the Board of Immigration Appeals was wrong to conclude that Mr. Accardo's 2007 conviction for extortionate extension of credit was absolutely a crime of violence, and therefore an aggravated felony. The decision's citation is Accardo v. U.S. Attorney Gen., 634 F.3d 1333 (11th Cir. 2011).

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New York Law Firm Bretz & Coven Gets BIA Reversed for Failing to Consider Hardship to Family

Amanda E. Gray, New York City immigration lawyer of Bretz & Coven, won an appeal of the BIA’s reversal of the IJ’s grant of adjustment of status under INA § 245, and the case was remanded to the BIA to consider hardship to the petitioner’s family if he were deported

New York, NY, (October 4, 2011) New York immigration law firm of Bretz & Coven, LLP’s associate attorney Amanda E. Gray won a case in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Gonzales Bordonave v. Holder, Docket Number 10-4906, September 27, 2011 (unpublished). The Court held that the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) erred when it overturned the immigration judge’s grant of adjustment of status allowing Harold Gonzales to stay in the United States because it failed to consider hardship to his family if he were deported. The ruling further said that this is a factor that the immigration judge had considered and which the BIA is required to consider in adjustment of status cases.

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Lawyers at Bretz and Coven Announce Successful Resolution of Two Pro Bono Cases Involving Immigrants with Special Needs

New York immigration law firm Bretz & Coven, LLP helps a Haitian national and a Lebanese couple fight immigration rulings and win

NEW YORK, NY (July 7, 2011) —The New York immigration law firm of Bretz & Coven announces major successes in two recent pro bono cases. In one case, a Haitian national finally took the oath to become a United States citizen on July 1, 2011, after Bretz & Coven succeeded in reopening and terminating his deportation proceedings. The other case involves Lebanese parents with a young son suffering from a rare, life-threatening disease. With medicine for the child only available in the U.S., the family could not return to Lebanon when a deportation order was issued. Bretz & Coven filed a request for deferred action for the family that was granted for a two-year period.

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Bretz & Coven Legal Team Wins a Second Circuit Precedent to Revive Asylum Case for Chinese Dissident

In a landmark case before U.S. Court of Appeals, New York immigration law firm secures new opportunity at asylum for Chinese political activist seeking to avoid return to China

New York, (Lexis Nexis) December 18, 2009 -- In a landmark case involving important legal issues that could affect political asylum cases nationwide, a legal team from the New York immigration law firm Bretz & Coven prevailed recently in a case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

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New York City Immigration Lawyers Bretz & Coven, LLP Prevent Deportation of South Korean Nurse

Bretz & Coven, LLP successfully have blocked the removal proceedings against a Registered Nurse from South Korea, a Queens resident whose student visa had expired.

(Lexis Nexis) September 29, 2009 -- Manhattan Immigration Law Firm Bretz & Coven, LLP successfully represented a foreign registered nurse who was placed in removal proceedings. The Suffolk County resident is a South Korean woman in her thirties who entered the United States in 2002 on a student visa. Her multiple applications for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status before the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) were denied. With the help of Bretz & Coven, she received LPR status before the Immigration Court in New York City, believed to be the first successful case of its kind in New York and possibly in the country.

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About the Firm

Bretz & Coven, LLP is an immigration law firm in New York City. Their attorneys serve arriving and established immigrants who seek the privileges and benefits of U.S. visitation, lawful permanent residence, deportation defense and immigration service waivers. They speak more than 20 languages, and many of their attorneys and staff have been through the federal immigration process before they worked at Bretz & Coven.

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