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With Nielsen Stepping Down, President Trump Considers Tougher Immigration Enforcement Policies

In recent months, U.S. Department of Homeland Securities (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have started to push back from President Trump’s demands, some of which required the crossing of legal limitations and constitutional protections.   On April 7, 2019, Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Secretary, announced her resignation after meeting with President Donald Trump. Read More

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New York Courts Attempt to Curtail ICE Arrests within Courthouses

The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) issued new rules on Wednesday which are intended to curtail federal immigration officials’ ability to arrest undocumented individuals in state courthouses.  Under the new rules, immigration officials are required to have a federal judicial warrant or order to a New York judge or court attorney before Read More

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Immigration Advocates Argue Closures of Overseas Immigration Offices Will Create Backlog

In an effort to save money, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it is closing its 23 international immigration field offices over the next year and all immigration matters will be referred back to the regional U.S. offices. However, many immigration advocacy groups said these closures will mean more backlogs.   NBC News Read More

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ICE Sued over Videoconferencing Immigration Hearings

Last month, several detained immigrants in New York City sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over their new policy of holding immigration hearings over videoconferencing. The ICE policy began last June after ICE’s New York office refused to bring jailed immigrants to the immigration court located on Varick Street.  Instead, ICE cited safety concerns concerning Read More

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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Four Countries

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a notice that extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua to January 2020, as the result of federal court action. Currently, there are as many as 300,000 non-citizens living in the United States under TPS. The new expiration date will allow these Read More

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James Introduces Bill to Protect Immigrant Workers from Retaliation

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she has proposed a bill that would punish employers who retaliate against immigrant workers by threatening to disclose their immigration status to federal law enforcement.   Her legislation would preclude employers from contacting federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if the employee lodged a Read More

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New Jersey Businesses Accused of Immigration Service Fraud

In November 2018, more than two dozen New Jersey businesses were cited for allegedly defrauding individuals by charging them for immigration services that they were not authorized to provide. As of February 2019, some of the businesses who were accused of fraud pleaded no contest and started paying penalties. However, according to the USA TODAY Read More

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Filing a Writ of Mandamus to Speed Up Your Immigration Matter as USCIS Processing Delays Hit All-Time High

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently posted data which shows crisis-level delays in the agency’s processing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits.  These delays have caused significant harm to vulnerable populations across the country.   In 2003, the USCIS created by Congress with the goal of efficiently processing immigration-related applications and petitions.  Read More

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Immigrants with HIV May No Longer Seek Treatment if DHS Proposal Passes

WNYC reported that a Trump administration proposal on how it determines which immigrants are allowed to come into this country may result in fewer non-citizens who are currently in this country with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) continuing to seek treatment.   On September 21, 2018, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen signed Read More

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LGBTQ Asylum Considerations

Individuals being persecuted because of their sexual orientation and identified gender is not a new phenomenon. Oftentimes, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) are the victims of discrimination, trauma, and persecution. Many LGBTQ refugees who fear that they will be harmed based on their gender identity or sexual Read More

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Immigration Consequences of Criminal and Fraudulent Conduct
The immigration consequences of criminal or fraudulent conduct can be harsh and often illogical. Even a very minor offense could have a dramatic immigration consequence, including deportation, detention without bond, being denied naturalization, a visa or re-entry into the United States. Likewise, the use of fake or fraudulent documents, aliases, and other misrepresentations can have similar immigration consequences. Kerry Bretz and Bretz & Coven have been counseling non-citizen criminal defendants, as well as their lawyers, for over 20 years. We have a long history of strategizing deportation and removal defenses, as well as applications for waivers, in very complicated cases.

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"Was trying to get Green Card since about 7 years. Finally when I switched to this law firm I was able to get green card very fast with great confidence. Big thanks to Eileen, Kerry, Manjit and Olga." - Dinesh, Kansas

""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

"Absolutely one the best, if not the best immigration attorneys. They helped from start to finish in my green card process. At no point was I blind-sided by anything. Simply amazing!" - Leon B. Jersey City,

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