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What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?

The Trump administration has recently come under scrutiny for announcing its new policy toward immigration and control of the U.S.-Mexican border. Officials have cracked down on immigration policy throughout the nation, enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for those who cross the border illegally, which will require them to face criminal charges. This includes offering little Read More

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Sessions v. Dimaya: How it Applies to Immigration Consequences for Common New York Offenses

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §101(a)(43)(F) that requires the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a “crime of violence.” The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, resulted in a 5-4 majority vote, holding that the federal statute was impermissibly vague and, Read More

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Non-Citizen and U.S. Citizen Divorce Considerations

Every year, thousands of American citizens and non-citizens wed. For many non-citizens, it is an opportunity to not only marry their significant other but also to obtain legal permanent residence (citizenship) in the United States. The process to obtain legal permanent residence takes years and often requires the filing of many documents and forms. During Read More

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9,000 Nepalese Immigrants Will Lose Temporary Protected Status

The Washington Post reported that 9,000 Nepalese immigrants who came to this country and were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), after their home country was ravaged by an earthquake three years ago, will have their protections terminated. On April 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the foreign nationals’ protections were lifted after Read More

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Those with Temporary Protected Status Should Formulate a Plan B

Country by country, immigrants are beginning to lose their membership in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. It began with Nicaraguans, losing their protections last year. They were followed by 50,000 Haitians, who were granted protection by the program after the country’s earthquake in 2010. Recently, immigrants from El Salvador have lost their temporary protected Read More

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ICE Agents Continue to Make Arrests Outside NYC Courthouses

Since the Trump administration expanded the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency’s priorities to detain and deport non-citizens in February 2018, agents have sought new techniques to detain individuals who have been ordered to be removed from the country. For the last year, ICE agents have been appearing at New York courts to make arrests. Read More

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AILA Says Setting Benchmarks for Immigration Judges Strips Courts of Independence

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) criticized a directive from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) mandating that immigration judges complete their deportation cases more quickly. The group said these quotas will deprive the courts of the independence with judges being forced to choose between meeting numbers and granting a fair Read More

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U.S. Attorney General Limits Asylum Seekers’ Rights to be Heard

The Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done away with a requirement that foreign nationals seeking asylum here in this country receive a full hearing in immigration court. By eliminating this requirement, it vacates a ruling made by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2014 that all asylum seekers should be Read More

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Department of Homeland Security Extends TPS for 7,000 Syrian Refugees

The Department of Homeland Security announced that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 7,000 Syrian refugees for another 18 months. According to DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the extension was given due to the violence and “extraordinary conditions” that are ongoing in their native country. Under the extension, these refugees would be eligible Read More

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Transgender Activist Freed on Bond, Thanks to Crowdfunding Campaign

A local crowdfunding effort resulted in a California transgender activist seeking asylum to be free on $3,000 bond after serving three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. This was reported by OC Weekly. Valeria De la Luz left the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 9 with an ankle monitor. 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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