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EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic

The justice department has created a page to check EOIR Operational Status During Coronavirus Pandemic. The page notes: Please visit this page regularly for information on immigration courts nationwide.

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USCIS Temporary Office Closure

The USCIS issued the notice quoted below along with this memo Temporary Procedural Changes in response to COVID-19[pdf]: To protect our workforce and to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in our communities, effective immediately, USCIS is suspending all routine face-to-face services with applicants at all of our offices, including all interviews and naturalization Read More

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Immigration Restrictions Implemented to Limit Coronavirus Spread

The Trump Administration had previously instituted immigration restrictions against China in an attempt to curtail the spread of the coronavirus to the United States. With the coronavirus now confirmed in dozens of other countries and now rapidly spreading inside the United States, however, the Administration has chosen to broaden those restrictions, checking every person who Read More

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New Changes to Public Charge Rule Go into Effect

Recent changes made to the public charge rule have gone into effect, which will significantly impact the immigration process for millions of immigrants to the United States. The rule changes, pushed by the Trump Administration, have faced several legal challenges, but all have failed to stop the law from coming into effect. Advocates say that Read More

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DHS Purchasing Phone Location Data to Track Undocumented Immigrants

A new report states that the Department for Homeland Security (DHS) has been purchasing phone location data from commercial databases for the purposes of tracking and capturing undocumented immigrants and other immigration law violators. These databases allow agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) or Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to monitor the movement of Read More

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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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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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