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Arrests at Southern Border Doubled in 2019

United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it arrested twice as many people attempting to illegally cross the border in 2019 as it did in 2018. This increase makes 2019 the year with the largest number of arrests at the southern border since 2007. While not as high as they were in 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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The Immigration Consequences of New Marijuana Laws in NY

On July 29th, 2019, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York signed several laws that decriminalize marijuana in the state of New York, and which allow those previously convicted of certain marijuana-related crimes to seek post-conviction relief (PCR) from the court. While this has far reaching consequences for every New Yorker, it is especially important for Read More

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Fast-Track Deportations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Immigration Council (AIC) have sued the Trump Administration over their implementation of a new rule expanding fast-track deportations that deny individuals a court hearing or access to an attorney.  The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. district court in Washington D.C., asking the Court to 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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United States Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in DACA Case

The United States Supreme Court announced that this fall, they will finally be hearing arguments for the continuation of the DACA program. The decision will finally give an answer after DACA recipients, or so called “Dreamers,” have had their lawful status in this country be called into question.  Although arguments are set to be heard Read More

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New York Courts Attempt to Curtail ICE Arrests within Courthouses

The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) issued new rules on Wednesday which are intended to curtail federal immigration officials’ ability to arrest undocumented individuals in state courthouses.  Under the new rules, immigration officials are required to have a federal judicial warrant or order to a New York judge or court attorney before 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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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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