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DACA Under a Trump Administration – Things to Know

Deferred Action for Childhoood Arrivals, better known as “DACA” is an executive action done by President Obama that provides a work permit and temporary status to people who were brought to the U.S. as children and stayed illegally.  However, many who are in this status, filing to renew DACA or were thinking of applying have Read More

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Provisional Waiver Program Still Available Under Trump Administration

The Department of Homeland Security published a regulation on January 3, 2013, to allow the immediate relatives of United States citizens, who came to the country without inspection or were not eligible to change their current immigration status due to unlawful entry and presence, to apply for a provisional waiver in the United States. The Read More

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Obama Asks Supreme Court to Rehear DAPA Case

President Barack Obama recently requested that the Supreme Court rehear the case of Texas v. United States, in which the eight justices were split on deciding whether DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) should be implemented. This was reported by UPI. When the executive order was announced in 2014, twenty-five states — led by Read More

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Undocumented Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Also Affected by Supreme Court’s Decision of DAPA

After it was announced on June 23 that the Supreme Court was split 4-4 on President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration — known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) — the media focused its attention on the undocumented Latino immigrants who feared being deported and separated from their families here legally in Read More

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Undocumented Immigrant Covered Under DACA Receives Temporary Reprieve from Deportation Action

Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, an undocumented 32-year-old immigrant, had found a reprieve under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ms. Cortez-Martinez came to America when she was 15 years old, and has three children living in the United States. Recently, Ms. Cortez-Martinez visited her mother in Mexico with permission from the U.S. Citizenship Read More

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What does Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) Mean for You?

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced he was taking executive action on immigration, and would be instructing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) not to bring removal actions against certain undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and parents of lawful permanent residents (LPRs). This program, along with an expansion of Deferred Action for Read More

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What Does the Expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Program Mean?

On June 15, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security announced that certain people who had come to the United States as children could request deferred action on removal for a period of two years, subject to renewal. Those who qualified would be granted work authorization. On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced executive action Read More

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OPTIONS TO CONSIDER WHILE WAITING FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA TO ACT ON IMMIGRATION

Much to the disappointment of immigrants and immigration reform activists, President Obama recently announced a delay in the use of executive action to solve the country’s immigration issues.  On June 30, he promised that he would use executive action before the end of the summer.  However, during the weekend of September 5-7, he announced that 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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