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Millions of Frequent Flier Miles Have Been Donated to Help Families Separated at the Border

The Trump administration had originally ordered the separation of hundreds of families who’ve attempted to come into the United States illegally. The “zero-tolerance policy” that has been enacted by the administration prosecutes every adult individual who enters the country by crossing the border illegally. Since past laws have prohibited children from being prosecuted at the Read More

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Special Immigrant Juvenile Visas

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Special Immigrant Juvenile status is granted to certain undocumented children who have been subject to juvenile court proceedings related to abuse, neglect, or abandonment by a parent. By achieving this status, a child may become eligible to seek lawful permanent residence in the United States. Read More

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The Reunification Deadline Passes

Recently, the Trump administration ordered the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border to cease. In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the United States, Judge Dana Sabraw ordered that all migrant children under the age of five must be reunited with their families by July 10 and that Read More

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Stopping the Separation

In a recent blog post on President Trump’s immigration policy titled “What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?”, there is mention of President Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy,” which allows those who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally to face criminal charges. This policy goes along with Trump’s main campaigning tactic, which was to protect Read More

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Form I-9 Audits

As an employer in the United States, you are required to complete Form I-9 for each employee who works for you. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. These documents are subject Read More

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Pending U-Visa Petition with the Vermont Service Center

A U-Visa is a non-immigrant visa that can be converted to a green card. It is for victims of certain qualifying crimes (usually violent crimes) who report it to law enforcement, cooperate if asked to, and are harmed in some way. Some examples of the violent crimes that qualify for this are felony assaults, kidnapping, Read More

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Establishing Citizenship Under False Pretenses Can Lead to Immigration and Criminal Consequences

In the past few years, the United States’ immigration policies have been reshaped many times, especially with the recently-adopted zero-tolerance policy. This has led to the curtailment of many protection programs such as those that provided refuge to immigrants who faced dangerous conditions in their country of origin or those that allowed people who were Read More

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What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?

The Trump administration has recently come under scrutiny for announcing its new policy toward immigration and control of the U.S.-Mexican border. Officials have cracked down on immigration policy throughout the nation, enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for those who cross the border illegally, which will require them to face criminal charges. This includes offering little Read More

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Sessions v. Dimaya: How it Applies to Immigration Consequences for Common New York Offenses

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §101(a)(43)(F) that requires the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a “crime of violence.” The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, resulted in a 5-4 majority vote, holding that the federal statute was impermissibly vague and, Read More

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Non-Citizen and U.S. Citizen Divorce Considerations

Every year, thousands of American citizens and non-citizens wed. For many non-citizens, it is an opportunity to not only marry their significant other but also to obtain legal permanent residence (citizenship) in the United States. The process to obtain legal permanent residence takes years and often requires the filing of many documents and forms. During 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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