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Catch & Return: Policy on Fishing Boats, but Not Human Lives

The federal government enters its fourth week of shutdown (or, as it is more diplomatically put, “lapse in appropriations”) because of what Donald Trump calls a humanitarian crisis at the border. Such importance is placed on this crisis that we have 80, 000 federal workers staring at yet another week without pay. So… what crisis Read More

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Government Shutdown Leads to Cancelation of Thousands of Immigration Cases

On December 22, 2018, parts of the government shut down after Congress and the White House failed to agree on a spending deal. One month later, the government shutdown continues and, as of January 12, 2019, was recorded as the longest in U.S. history.  The government shutdown has had a negative impact on many agencies, Read More

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Asylum Policies for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

In a recent ruling, a federal judge struck down several portions of the Justice Department’s policies, which made it more challenging for non-citizens to claim asylum due to domestic or gang violence. The judge ruled on the basis that the “expedited removal” policies violated existing immigration law.   The policies were originally ordered by former Read More

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Deportation of Legal and Undocumented Immigrants if Visa or Benefits Denied

Recently, the Trump administration expanded the guidelines for summoning immigrants before an immigration judge. On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum which provided guidance on when the USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear. An NTA is the charging document in a Read More

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New York State and Local Police Cannot Detain Non-Citizens for ICE

Recently, a Brooklyn appellate court ruled that local and state police in New York State cannot detain non-citizens beyond their scheduled date of release to turn them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers without a judicial warrant.   The case The People, ex rel. Jordan Wells, on behalf of Susai Francis v. DeMarco, Read More

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Ninth Circuit Upholds the Continuation of DACA Nationwide

Recently, the Ninth Circuit upheld a nationwide injunction, keeping the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program alive. In September 2017, the Trump administration announced that it was ending the program gradually, over the course of six months, which prompted protests and legal challenges.   In 2012, the DACA program was implemented by then-President Barack Read More

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Denaturalization Campaign

The threat of denaturalization, the process in which a citizen is stripped of their citizenship, has now become a harsh reality for some. In July 2018, The New York Times reported that, since President Trump took office, the number of denaturalization cases have increased. Denaturalization is part of the Trump administration’s campaign of increased immigration Read More

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Substantial Decrease in the Number of Refugees Allowed in the United States

Many refugees from around the world desire to seek asylum in the United States.   In immigration law, the term “refugee” means any person who is outside the country of his/her nationality, who is unable or unwilling to return to said country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, Read More

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When Should I Request a Writ of Mandamus?

Have you filed for a green card but are waiting too long for it to be approved? Is your citizenship petition taking forever? You have already applied, but your work authorization hasn’t been delivered. If you are tired of waiting for your green card or you were interviewed for naturalization and citizenship, but haven’t received Read More

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Stagnated Separation

Reunification of Separated Children with their Parents Continues to be Challenging In the earlier months of 2018, the Trump administration had ordered the separation of hundreds of families at the southern border. Many of these families were attempting to seek refuge in a land of opportunity and to rid themselves of the evils that they 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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