In a decision that can be considered a victory for young non-citizens who are seeking protected immigration status, United States District Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York ruled that the rights of several young immigrants were violated when U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) denied them Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS). Judge Koeltl stated that only Congress, and not immigration authorities, can change the law. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says that the decision directly and positively affects the hundreds of immigrant minors who have had their SIJS applications denied, many of whom have appeals pending.
Kerry Bretz, a partner with the firm, was selected to the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers for 2018 in the practice areas of Immigration: Business. This is the ninth year in a row that Mr. Bretz has been named to this prestigious list; he was first selected in 2010. No more than 5% of the attorneys in New York State are named to Super Lawyers.
In a decision that can be considered a victory for non-citizens possibly facing removal, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that, if a notice to appear does not indicate a date and time when the person is supposed to attend removal proceedings, then it is defective and, therefore, cannot stop time for the physical presence requirement. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says that eligible non-citizens who have been living in the U.S. and have received an incomplete notice to appear can now apply for 10-year cancellation of removal.
One week before the March 5 deadline for Congress to come up with a bill to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the U.S. Supreme Court denied the Trump administration’s challenge to a federal court ruling to allow DACA to continue operating. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the ruling will allow the approximately 700,000 DACA recipients, known as “Dreamers,” to stay in the country.
After campaigning on the promise to round up and deport the 11 million non-citizens covered under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) living in the United States, President Donald J. Trump announced today that he has endorsed a deal with Congressional Republicans and Democrats to provide those non-citizens known as “Dreamers” a pathway to citizenship. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the president’s reversal on his immigration stance is welcome and will allow non-citizens who came to the United States as children to live and work in the U.S.
After staying in the United States for more than 15 years, 200,000 Salvadoran non-citizens, who were granted Temporary Protected Status when they came to this country after earthquakes damaged their houses back home, have been told they must leave the U.S. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says this directive by President Donald J. Trump will hurt these protected individuals who have since contributed to this country.
Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says President Donald J. Trump’s executive actions on immigration — especially the return of the Secured Communities (SCOMM) program — will prove to be a difficult time for any immigrants currently residing in the U.S. and those looking to enter the country. Mr. Bretz adds that, since President Trump’s election, he has received numerous inquiries from new, potential and existing clients.
Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the City of New York should be recognized for its forward thinking in providing U and T visa certifications for some of the city’s 535,000 undocumented immigrants, especially those who have been a victim of a criminal act or inhuman treatment. Mr. Bretz says the visas will not only allow those who are in the country without status to assist in the investigation of a crime, but provide them a pathway to legal permanent residency.
With the controversy surrounding President Trump’s executive order to prevent refugees from coming into the United States, Eileen Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the executive order to enforce the Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) creates more actual hardships for undocumented immigrants staying in this country.
Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, is available to speak on the Department of Homeland Security exercising its powers in the deportation of undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States.
On February 21, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a set of guidelines to carry out President Trump’s immigration policies.
Just days after President Trump signed two executive orders to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, increase border patrol and immigration enforcement forces, reinstate the Secure Communities program and deny federal funding to “sanctuary cities,” the president issued a third immigration executive order that will temporarily bar people from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S., stop Syrian refugee admissions, suspend the general refugee admission program for about four months and lay out new vetting requirements. Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says these recent executive orders will only punish those who are already in the country with a valid visa and keep those apart from their family members who are already living in the U.S.
Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Harbin v. Lynch is a precedent-setting one in that lawful permanent residents convicted of certain controlled substance offenses may no longer be deportable. He also urged them to seek legal counsel if such a case comes up.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court announces that it will hear the case on whether to allow President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration to go forward, Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, is available for comment on the Court’s decision to hear the case and its potential impact on immigrant families and the prospect of immigration reform.
Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the Supreme Court should have upheld, not shot down, President Obama’s executive order on immigration. He says it could lead to the deportation of tens of thousands of immigrants who came in illegally, resulting in the breaking apart of immigrant families.
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Kerry Bretz, Partner, Bretz & Coven, LLP, says the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) final rule will provide stability to immigrant families by reducing the time U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents (LPRs) are separated from their loved ones who are in the process of obtaining visas.
Bretz & Coven, LLP has announced that the firm is opening a new office in New Jersey to better serve its New York metropolitan area clients who live in or close to the state. The office is located at 15 Brant Avenue, Unit 8 in Clark, New Jersey (Exit 135 off the Garden State Parkway).
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