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Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of New Asylum Rule

A new rule put into place by the Trump Administration has been allowed to come into effect thanks to the Supreme Court, putting a new limit on people seeking asylum through the U.S.-Mexico border. By a 7-2 vote, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the court decided that the new asylum rule Read More

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What to Know About the New Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule related to public charge in applying for admission to the United States.  The new rule will be in effect on October 15, 2019.  Although many organizations have begun to file lawsuits challenging the legality of the rule, it is important to Read More

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The Immigration Consequences of New Marijuana Laws in NY

On July 29th, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed several laws that decriminalize marijuana in the state of New York, and which allow those previously convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to seek post-conviction relief (PCR) from the court. While this has far reaching consequences for every New Yorker, it is especially important for Read More

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The Benefits and Risks of U-Visas

The United States has a long, often complicated history with immigration, and part of that complexity comes from the hostility that immigrants face when they arrive here. And however hostile the current administration might be to immigrants, there are still legal protections for immigrants (even undocumented immigrants) who become the victims of crimes. To that Read More

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Fast-Track Deportations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Immigration Council (AIC) have sued the Trump Administration over their implementation of a new rule expanding fast-track deportations that deny individuals a court hearing or access to an attorney.  The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. district court in Washington D.C., asking the Court to Read More

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How Can a Writ of Mandamus Help Me?

The immigration system of the United States is notoriously slow. Even if you’ve already been interviewed for naturalization and permanent residence, you may find yourself trapped in a legal limbo waiting for the government to respond. If this describes your situation, it’s worth considering whether a writ of mandamus might be the answer for you.

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Trump Administration Works to Accelerate Family Migrant Deportations

The Trump Administration has been working to implement a policy that would accelerate the deportation proceedings of migrant families. The new policy is set to affect 56,000 immigration cases in ten cities across the country, all relating to migrant families who came to the United States seeking refuge. This policy is intended to discourage migrant Read More

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Asylum for LGBTQ+ Individuals

One of the most commonly discussed topics in the news today is the doctrine of asylum, primarily from Central American countries that have been deemed unsafe by those fleeing. However, the doctrine of asylum, in the context of immigration law, is not quite as simple.

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Is a Writ of Mandamus Right for You?

Most people have never heard of a writ of mandamus, a kind of court order that is rarely issued by judges when an individual, government agency or court doesn’t do what they’re supposed to do. Often considered an extreme measure, it can nevertheless offer relief for people who find they simply cannot get government agencies Read More

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How to Check on Your Immigration Application

With the government working harder than ever to make immigration as difficult as possible, everyone who has applied to immigrate to the United States is, understandably, scared about their application status. This is complicated by the fact that the immigration process is already a long and difficult process, so those with pending immigration applications might 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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