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Proposed New York Legislation Would Provide Green Cards to Undocumented Workers Who Worked on Ground Zero

New York legislators have proposed legislation that would extend deportation protection to non-citizens, who served in the rescue, recovery, and clean-up efforts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. The proposed legislation, known as the 9/11 Immigrant Worker Freedom Act, would grant green cards to non-citizens, who Read More

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DAPA Rescinded, DACA to Stay for Now

On June 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has rescinded Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA was a program created in 2014 under President Barack Obama. The program would have deferred the deportation of undocumented immigrants, who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal Read More

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Unpredictability Under The Trump Administration

Gone are the days when, under the Obama administration, immigration enforcement priorities were clearly outlined. Now, with Donald J. Trump as president, immigration policies regarding enforcement and deportation have become more confusing. As a result, discretion is left to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in the field, which creates confusion among officers in Read More

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Non-Citizens with Controlled Substance Cases and Convictions Should Revisit Their Cases

Non-citizens with controlled substance cases and convictions should consider revisiting their cases, including those who already received a removal order. On June 21, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, issued a decision which has far-reaching effects on non-citizens who have been convicted of certain controlled substance offenses in New York. In Harbin v. Lynch Read More

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Low-Level Crimes May Prioritize Deportation

When President Trump issued his executive orders on immigration in January 2017, the priorities for deportation expanded. In a memo issued in February 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced that, although the agency will continue to prioritize the deportation of serious criminal offenders and national security, it will now do so Read More

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Mayor de Blasio Seeks to Limit Recipients of Immigration Legal Services

Over the years, both Governor Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio have earmarked millions of dollars for legal help for undocumented immigrants in New York. Recently, Mayor de Blasio has announced that he no longer wants New York City to fund legal representation for non-citizens who have committed certain criminal acts, whereas Governor Cuomo’s Read More

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Brooklyn DA’s Office Seeks to Protect Non-Citizens from Deportation over Petty Crimes

On April 24, 2017, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s (DA) Office announced a policy tailored to avoid, when possible, the deportation or detention of non-citizens charged with misdemeanors or nonviolent crimes. Under the new policy, prosecutors in Brooklyn are advised to make plea offers and sentencing recommendations in order to protect undocumented immigrants from being deported Read More

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ICE Officials Appearing at New York Courts

New York’s courts have received some unexpected visitors over the past month: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. Since the February expansion of ICE’s enforcement efforts by the Trump administration, ICE has been seeking ways to remove individuals targeted for deportation. With New York and other states failing to respond to ICE detainers, the agency Read More

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The New Immigration Policy’s Effects on Immigrants in the Workplace

Following the Executive Orders and corresponding guidelines implemented over the past month by the Trump administration, New Yorkers have seen an increase in the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The most recent guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security broadened ICE’s priorities to include nearly every undocumented immigrant in the United States, Read More

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Two New York Counties Lead the List of Not Cooperating with ICE Detainers

In accordance with Executive Order 13867, Enhancing Public Safety of the Interior of the United States, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released their first “Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report.” The report identifies the jurisdictions with the highest volume of declined detainers nationwide. The weekly reports are seen as the first line of attack on so-called 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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