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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Fast-Track Deportations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Immigration Council (AIC) have sued the Trump Administration over their implementation of a new rule expanding fast-track deportations that deny individuals a court hearing or access to an attorney.  The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. district court in Washington D.C., asking the Court to 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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New York State and Local Police Cannot Detain Non-Citizens for ICE

Recently, a Brooklyn appellate court ruled that local and state police in New York State cannot detain non-citizens beyond their scheduled date of release to turn them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers without a judicial warrant.   The case The People, ex rel. Jordan Wells, on behalf of Susai Francis v. DeMarco, Read More

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The Reunification Deadline Passes

Recently, the Trump administration ordered the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border to cease. In a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) against the United States, Judge Dana Sabraw ordered that all migrant children under the age of five must be reunited with their families by July 10 and that Read More

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Stopping the Separation

In a recent blog post on President Trump’s immigration policy titled “What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?”, there is mention of President Trump’s “zero-tolerance policy,” which allows those who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally to face criminal charges. This policy goes along with Trump’s main campaigning tactic, which was to protect Read More

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Sessions v. Dimaya: How it Applies to Immigration Consequences for Common New York Offenses

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §101(a)(43)(F) that requires the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a “crime of violence.” The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, resulted in a 5-4 majority vote, holding that the federal statute was impermissibly vague and, Read More

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AILA Says Setting Benchmarks for Immigration Judges Strips Courts of Independence

The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) criticized a directive from the Department of Justice’s Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR) mandating that immigration judges complete their deportation cases more quickly. The group said these quotas will deprive the courts of the independence with judges being forced to choose between meeting numbers and granting a fair Read More

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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to Hear Challenge to DACA Ruling

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request from the Trump administration to hear a challenge on a lower court’s ruling to allow Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) to continue. USA Today reported that the ruling from the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California will remain while the Ninth Read More

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Cuomo Pardons Mexican Transgender Undocumented Immigrant

The New York Post reported that, just before the holidays, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardoned 18 undocumented immigrants, including a transgender immigrant from Mexico. Governor Cuomo pardoned Lorena Borjas, a 57-year-old transgender woman, who had a conviction in 1994 for criminal facilitation in a human trafficking ring. Governor Cuomo’s office said Ms. Borjas has Read More

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The Future of Prosecutorial Discretion

What is Prosecutorial Discretion? Late in his administration, President Barack Obama outlined a system of “priorities” for deportation in order to channel the government’s resources towards deporting certain types of immigrants. Under this strategy, called “prosecutorial discretion,” (“PD”), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is encouraged to prosecute immigrants with criminal histories or who had 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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