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The Controversy Surrounding DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has dominated the news for months, especially since September 2017, when the Trump administration announced its plans to begin eliminating it. The controversy has even gone so far as to cause a government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach a compromise.   DACA Read More

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Re-Registration for Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Salvadorans who are current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and want to maintain their status until the program’s termination date on September 9, 2019, must re-register during the 60-day registration period. The registration period runs from January 18, 2018, through March Read More

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National Interest Waiver Requirements

A National Interest Waiver (NIW) is used to waive certain requirements for employment-based immigrant visas if that immigrant can show that their work is of “national interest.” This waiver is only applicable to second preference employment visas, EB-2 visas, where the potential immigrant does not have a permanent job offer to work in the United Read More

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Salvadoran LGBT Community Condemns Trump’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status on Non-Citizens

LGBT activists from El Salvador criticized President Donald J. Trump’s decision to remove Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from the 200,000 Salvadoran non-citizens currently living in the U.S., according to an article from the Washington Blade.   These non-citizens were granted TPS by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001 after their home country was ravaged Read More

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False Claims to U.S. Citizenship Carry Grave Consequences

Non-citizens are often put into situations that may make it easy, even appealing, for them to simply lie about their U.S. citizenship status. Those that have lied, or will lie, are faced with serious consequences that they may not have expected. False claims of U.S. citizenship will result in the person becoming deportable and placed Read More

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Cuomo Pardons Mexican Transgender Undocumented Immigrant

The New York Post reported that, just before the holidays, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned 18 undocumented immigrants, including a transgender immigrant from Mexico. Governor Cuomo pardoned Lorena Borjas, a 57-year-old transgender woman, who had a conviction in 1994 for criminal facilitation in a human trafficking ring. Governor Cuomo’s office said Ms. Borjas has Read More

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President Trump Sets Out to End the Diversity Visa Program After a Terrorist Attack in Manhattan

On October 31, 2017, eight people were killed and eleven injured in lower Manhattan at the hands of a suspected terrorist who drove a rental truck into a bike path. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and has lived in Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey. In 2010, he Read More

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Non-Citizen Teen Receives Abortion After Court Victory

On October 18, 2017, a federal judge ordered that United States officials allow a 17-year-old non-citizen to get an abortion. In early September, a young girl from Central America was detained while trying to cross the border into the United States from Mexico. The girl was then brought to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Read More

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Is It Love — Or Something Else? Establishing Sham Marriages to Obtain a Green Card

Those who are looking to get a green card quickly enter into a fake marriage in order to become a U.S. citizen. They will find a “partner,” go through the process (buying a wedding license, setting up the wedding date, etc.) and, once they are married and the green card is obtained, they immediately file Read More

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Senate GOP Seeks to Draft Own Version of Bill to Protect “Dreamers”

Politico recently reported that a handful of GOP senators are drafting their own version of the DREAM Act that contains proposals — some of which are different than from what President Trump proposed — and is looking to receive bipartisan support from the Democrats. A working group — led by Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who 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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