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What to Know About the New Public Charge Rule

On August 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a final rule related to public charge in applying for admission to the United States.  The new rule will be in effect on October 15, 2019.  Although many organizations have begun to file lawsuits challenging the legality of the rule, it is important to 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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Fear Among Immigrant Communities Mounts as ICE Launches Raids

The timing of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids less than a month after President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on non-citizens living in the U.S. illegally has spurred fear among immigrant communities. The ICE raids took place nationwide from February 4 to February 10 and resulted in nearly 700 immigrant arrests. During the ICE raids, immigration Read More

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President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration

Prior to his inauguration, President Trump was adamant about his plans to reform U.S. immigration policies to speed up the deportation of non-citizens and secure barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. On January 25, 2017, during an appearance at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump signed two executive orders: one directing the construction of Read More

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As The Supreme Court Term Begins, What’s in Store for Immigration Law?

With October 3rd marking the beginning of the Supreme Court’s latest term, the eight current Supreme Court Justices entered session to begin work on a full slate of cases. Notably missing from the docket is a re-hearing of U.S. v. Texas, the case involving President Obama’s executive actions that would allow millions of immigrants to Read More

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Obama Asks Supreme Court to Rehear DAPA Case

President Barack Obama recently requested that the Supreme Court rehear the case of Texas v. United States, in which the eight justices were split on deciding whether DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) should be implemented. This was reported by UPI. When the executive order was announced in 2014, twenty-five states — led by Read More

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Undocumented Indian and Pakistani Immigrants Also Affected by Supreme Court’s Decision of DAPA

After it was announced on June 23 that the Supreme Court was split 4-4 on President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration — known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) — the media focused its attention on the undocumented Latino immigrants who feared being deported and separated from their families here legally in Read More

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Undocumented Immigrant Covered Under DACA Receives Temporary Reprieve from Deportation Action

Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, an undocumented 32-year-old immigrant, had found a reprieve under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ms. Cortez-Martinez came to America when she was 15 years old, and has three children living in the United States. Recently, Ms. Cortez-Martinez visited her mother in Mexico with permission from the U.S. Citizenship Read More

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United States Supreme Court Gets Ready to Hear DAPA Case

In 2014, President Obama issued an executive order for the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) which would prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants whose children were born in this country or are currently legal U.S. residents. Since then, 26 states led by Texas Governor Greg Abbott have brought suit, Read More

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President Obama’s Immigration Enforcement Priorities and Initiatives

On November 20, 2014, President Barack Obama announced his executive action on immigration. As the president awaits immigration reform from Congress, he has outlined steps he believes are necessary to fix a broken immigration system. Three critical elements of Mr. Obama’s plan are: Cracking down on illegal immigration on the border — Pres. Obama asserts 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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