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With Nielsen Stepping Down, President Trump Considers Tougher Immigration Enforcement Policies

In recent months, U.S. Department of Homeland Securities (DHS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have started to push back from President Trump’s demands, some of which required the crossing of legal limitations and constitutional protections.   On April 7, 2019, Kirstjen Nielsen, DHS Secretary, announced her resignation after meeting with President Donald Trump. 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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Catch & Return: Policy on Fishing Boats, but Not Human Lives

The federal government enters its fourth week of shutdown (or, as it is more diplomatically put, “lapse in appropriations”) because of what Donald Trump calls a humanitarian crisis at the border. Such importance is placed on this crisis that we have 80, 000 federal workers staring at yet another week without pay. So… what crisis Read More

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Federal Judge Strikes Down Trump Asylum Policies for Domestic and Gang Violence Victims

In a recent ruling, a federal judge struck down several portions of the Justice Department’s policies, which made it more challenging for non-citizens to claim asylum due to domestic or gang violence. The judge ruled on the basis that the “expedited removal” policies violated existing immigration law.   The policies were originally ordered by former Read More

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Substantial Decrease in the Number of Refugees Allowed in the United States

Many refugees from around the world desire to seek asylum in the United States.   In immigration law, the term “refugee” means any person who is outside the country of his/her nationality, who is unable or unwilling to return to said country because of persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, Read More

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U.S. Attorney General Limits Asylum Seekers’ Rights to be Heard

The Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done away with a requirement that foreign nationals seeking asylum here in this country receive a full hearing in immigration court. By eliminating this requirement, it vacates a ruling made by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2014 that all asylum seekers should be Read More

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Transgender Activist Freed on Bond, Thanks to Crowdfunding Campaign

A local crowdfunding effort resulted in a California transgender activist seeking asylum to be free on $3,000 bond after serving three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter. This was reported by OC Weekly. Valeria De la Luz left the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 9 with an ankle monitor. Read More

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What Is Asylum?

Asylum is a United States protective program which grants refugees and asylees the legal right to work and live in the U.S., apply for permanent residency and eventually citizenship, and travel outside of the U.S. An asylee may also be granted the right to file for their spouse and minor children to come to the Read More

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Transgendered Guatemalan Woman Successfully Obtains Asylum in the U.S.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), under the auspices of its Southeast Immigrant Freedom Initiative (SIFI), recently announced that the organization was able to obtain asylum for a transgendered woman who was fleeing her native country of Guatemala. She said she had been targeted by both the police and drug cartels because of her gender 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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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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""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

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