What is Crimmigration?
Historically, criminal and immigration law were viewed as two distinct bodies of law that operated almost entirely free of one another. However, law enforcement trends and judicial decisions have drastically shifted the legal landscape such that, today, for those who are not U.S. citizens and have a criminal matter, these two practice areas intersect.
How Has Crimmigration Changed Under the Trump Administration?
When President Trump issued his executive orders on immigration in January 2017, the priorities for deportation expanded. In a memo issued in February 2017, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary John Kelly announced that, although the agency will continue to prioritize the deportation of serious criminal offenders and national security, it will now do so while also deporting immigrants who do not fall into priority categories. Those who commit low-level crimes, even those with legal residency papers, may find themselves prioritized for detainment and deportation.
Put an Experienced New York Crimmigration Lawyer on Your Side!
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.
Our team at Bretz & Coven, LLP has years of firsthand experience handling immigration consequences of alleged criminal and fraudulent conduct matters and assists clients across the United States. Contact our experienced immigration lawyers in New York City and New Jersey today at 212-267-2555 or fill out our contact form for creative solutions to your complex immigration problems.
New York immigration lawyer Kerry Bretz is available to speak on crimmigration law topics, including deportation defense and immigration eligibility with criminal history. Mr. Bretz speak from a perspective of specific success on federal practice and appeals and waivers. To book Kerry Bretz for a New York or New Jersey crimmigration law lecture, call 212-267-2555.