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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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Cost of Immigration Applications Set to Increase by As Much as 61%

United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) has commenced a review of fees related to immigration applications, with some fees set to increase by as much as 61%. The review is current in its comment period, which is set to end December 19th. If the new fees are accepted, it could severely impact the ability Read More

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Asylum Denials Skyrocket in NY Immigration Court

Since 2016, the number of asylum applications denied by the New York immigration court has skyrocketed from 15% to 44%, according to The Daily Beast. As the largest immigration court in the United States, the New York immigration court, located in Manhattan, hears more asylum applications than anywhere else in the country. And, due to Read More

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DOJ Announces Plan to Collect DNA from Undocumented Immigrants

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has recently announced a plan to collect DNA from migrants crossing the border into the United States. This policy would create a vast database of genetic information on migrants aiming to enter the United States, including those seeking asylum or other forms of immigration relief. Immigration advocates are Read More

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Federal Judges Block Implementation of the Public Charge Rule

Last week federal judges in three states issued temporary injunctions against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule.  The injunctions prevented the rule from taking effect on October 15th. As explained in an earlier blog post, the administration’s implementation of the public charge rule would have prevented many more undocumented persons from receiving admission to the Read More

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Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of New Asylum Rule

A new rule put into place by the Trump Administration has been allowed to come into effect thanks to the Supreme Court, putting a new limit on people seeking asylum through the U.S.-Mexico border. By a 7-2 vote, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the court decided that the new asylum rule Read More

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Trump Administration Works to Accelerate Family Migrant Deportations

The Trump Administration has been working to implement a policy that would accelerate the deportation proceedings of migrant families. The new policy is set to affect 56,000 immigration cases in ten cities across the country, all relating to migrant families who came to the United States seeking refuge. This policy is intended to discourage migrant Read More

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Asylum for LGBTQ+ Individuals

One of the most commonly discussed topics in the news today is the doctrine of asylum, primarily from Central American countries that have been deemed unsafe by those fleeing. However, the doctrine of asylum, in the context of immigration law, is not quite as simple.

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How to Check on Your Immigration Application

With the government working harder than ever to make immigration as difficult as possible, everyone who has applied to immigrate to the United States is, understandably, scared about their application status. This is complicated by the fact that the immigration process is already a long and difficult process, so those with pending immigration applications might Read More

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Twelve Asylum Seekers Sue Trump Administration For “Categorically Denying” Release

According to Newsweek, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Louisiana and Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have teamed up to sue the United States government for refusing to grant parole to twelve asylum seekers currently being held in immigrant detention facilities in Louisiana and Alabama. According to the lawsuit, there was no legal reason 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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