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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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9,000 Nepalese Immigrants Will Lose Temporary Protected Status

The Washington Post reported that 9,000 Nepalese immigrants who came to this country and were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS), after their home country was ravaged by an earthquake three years ago, will have their protections terminated. On April 25, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that the foreign nationals’ protections were lifted after Read More

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Those with Temporary Protected Status Should Formulate a Plan B

Country by country, immigrants are beginning to lose their membership in the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program. It began with Nicaraguans, losing their protections last year. They were followed by 50,000 Haitians, who were granted protection by the program after the country’s earthquake in 2010. Recently, immigrants from El Salvador have lost their temporary protected Read More

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ICE Agents Continue to Make Arrests Outside NYC Courthouses

Since the Trump administration expanded the Immigration Customs and Enforcement (ICE) agency’s priorities to detain and deport non-citizens in February 2018, agents have sought new techniques to detain individuals who have been ordered to be removed from the country. For the last year, ICE agents have been appearing at New York courts to make arrests. Read More

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New Deportation Guidelines’ Effect on Immigration Courts

In keeping with the terminology used on the campaign trail, President Trump’s new immigration enforcement guidelines will make America’s immigration courts busy again. The immigration-enforcement guidelines issued under President Trump are a vast change from the deportation policies under the Obama administration. While the new guidelines call for the hiring of thousands of more enforcement Read More

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Statement by Secretary Johnson to Resume Regular Deportations of Haitian Nationals

On September 22, 2016, days before Hurricane Mathew, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a press release by Secretary Johnson. Johnson stated that effective immediately, Haitian nationals, under the November 20, 2014, memorandum “Policies for the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” will be removed in the same manner as other 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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