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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Four Countries

Recently, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) filed a notice that extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, El Salvador, Haiti, and Nicaragua to January 2020, as the result of federal court action. Currently, there are as many as 300,000 non-citizens living in the United States under TPS. The new expiration date will allow these 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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Department of Homeland Security Extends TPS for 7,000 Syrian Refugees

The Department of Homeland Security announced that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 7,000 Syrian refugees for another 18 months. According to DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen, the extension was given due to the violence and “extraordinary conditions” that are ongoing in their native country. Under the extension, these refugees would be eligible Read More

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Re-Registration for Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Salvadorans who are current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and want to maintain their status until the program’s termination date on September 9, 2019, must re-register during the 60-day registration period. The registration period runs from January 18, 2018, through March Read More

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Salvadoran LGBT Community Condemns Trump’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status on Non-Citizens

LGBT activists from El Salvador criticized President Donald J. Trump’s decision to remove Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from the 200,000 Salvadoran non-citizens currently living in the U.S., according to an article from the Washington Blade.   These non-citizens were granted TPS by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001 after their home country was ravaged 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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