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Deportation & Removal
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Iranian Student Deported Despite Court Order

A student set to study at Northeastern University was deported back to his home country of Iran despite a court order staying his removal. The student was attempting to enter the country on a student visa but was stopped as he attempted to enter the country. He was arrested by United States Customs and Border Read More

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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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Feds Seek to Prosecute Judge Who Helped Immigrant Escape ICE

Judge Shelley Josephs, a Massachusetts District Court judge, is being prosecuted by the United States government for obstruction of justice and aiding and abetting a fugitive. The charges stem from an incident in April 2018, when she allegedly assisted an undocumented immigrant in escaping from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers who were waiting to Read More

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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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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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