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Iranian Student Deported Despite Court Order

A student set to study at Northeastern University was deported back to his home country of Iran despite a court order staying his removal. The student was attempting to enter the country on a student visa but was stopped as he attempted to enter the country. He was arrested by United States Customs and Border Read More

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Supreme Court to Determine if Expedited Removal Entitled to Habeas Corpus

The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a case in which an asylum seeker, set to be deported as part of the “expedited removal” process, argues that expedited removal violates the Suspension Clause of the United States Constitution. The case, which is being argued by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), could have Read More

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Changes to Naturalization Test to Be Instituted Starting December 2020

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees the naturalization process, has been reviewing of the naturalization test that will result in changes to the test starting in December 2020 or early 2021. The review is intended to update and redesign the test to be closer in line with goals set Read More

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House Approves Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Farmworkers

Undocumented migrants working in agricultural jobs may have a path to citizenship in the future, thanks to a vote by the United States House of Representatives. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, would allow potentially thousands of undocumented farmworkers to seek legal status, and eventually citizenship, were it to become law. The bill Read More

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4,000 Liberians Now Able to Apply for Green Cards

From 1989 to 2003, a civil war in Liberia drove many Liberians to flee their homeland, with thousands seeking refuge in the United States. While many were protected under Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status and, for a time, under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), they were denied a pathway to citizenship. With a new measure in Read More

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USCIS Implements Two Changes to Good Moral Character Requirement

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced it is implementing two changes to the “good moral character” requirement for naturalization. The two new changes could have a major impact on the ability of some immigrants’ ability to seek American citizenship, or perhaps even impact their ability to stay in the country legally. Immigrants Read More

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Final Challenge to New York “Green Light” Law is Dismissed

The last remaining legal challenge to New York’s “Green Light” law has been dismissed, clearing way for it to come into effect starting December 16, 2019. The law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York, has stirred up controversy both in the state and across the country, and several legal challenges Read More

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Cost of Immigration Applications Set to Increase by As Much as 61%

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commenced a review of fees related to immigration applications, with some fees set to increase by as much as 61%. The review is current in its comment period, which is set to end December 19th. If the new fees are accepted, it could severely impact the ability Read More

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Asylum Denials Skyrocket in NY Immigration Court

Since 2016, the number of asylum applications denied by the New York immigration court has skyrocketed from 15% to 44%, according to The Daily Beast. As the largest immigration court in the United States, the New York immigration court, located in Manhattan, hears more asylum applications than anywhere else in the country. And, due to Read More

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Feds Seek to Prosecute Judge Who Helped Immigrant Escape ICE

Judge Shelley Josephs, a Massachusetts District Court judge, is being prosecuted by the United States government for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a fugitive. The charges stem from an incident in April 2018, when she allegedly assisted an undocumented immigrant in escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who were waiting to 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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