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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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As Mistreatment of Immigrants Continues, Protests Grow

Controversy surrounding the immigration debate reached a fever pitch recently after a photo emerged of a man, Oscar Ramirez, as well as his daughter Valeria, apparently having drowned while attempting to cross the Rio Grande to enter the United States. The outrage was made worse when Ken Kuccinelli, the current Acting Director of United States 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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LGBTQ Asylum Considerations

Individuals being persecuted because of their sexual orientation and identified gender is not a new phenomenon. Oftentimes, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ) are the victims of discrimination, trauma, and persecution. Many LGBTQ refugees who fear that they will be harmed based on their gender identity or sexual Read More

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The Future of Asylum Law in Donald Trump’s America

Donald Trump’s many campaign promises may have disheartened asylum seekers or those with asylum status in the U.S. He has spoken of banning Muslims, building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., and implementing a so-called “extreme vetting” process of people from war-torn countries seeking entry into the U.S. While it is difficult to say Read More

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Deportation Orders Issued for Central American Youth

Recently, Latin Times and Latino Fox News reported that 10,142 deportation orders for Central American youth, who had entered the country without an adult, have been issued by the 55 United States immigration courts. This initiated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, purportedly focused on certain groups of people, which has not occurred since the 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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