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James Introduces Bill to Protect Immigrant Workers from Retaliation

New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced she has proposed a bill that would punish employers who retaliate against immigrant workers by threatening to disclose their immigration status to federal law enforcement.   Her legislation would preclude employers from contacting federal agencies such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) if the employee lodged a 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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Coercion at the Border

The Trump administration previously enacted a “zero-tolerance policy,” which prosecuted every adult individual who enters the country by crossing the border illegally. Because of this, children were subsequently separated from their families, as U.S. law has prohibited the prosecution of children at the border. This tactic has left hundreds of helpless children left to fend Read More

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Form I-9 Audits

As an employer in the United States, you are required to complete Form I-9 for each employee who works for you. According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Form I-9 is used for verifying the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment in the United States. These documents are subject 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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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 the New Federal Budget Means for Immigration

On March 22, President Donald Trump announced that he signed into law a $1.3 trillion budget that he said will help further his goals of border protection and immigration reform. As part of the budget, the president allocated $1.57 billion for new construction of the border wall and replace any existing fencing that may be Read More

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The Limits of Sanctuary in the Face of Increased Immigration Enforcement

In today’s heated political environment, immigration is one of the most discussed topics in the media. President Trump is working to enforce immigration laws and increase deportation efforts to remove more non-citizens from the country than ever. In fact, according to the New York Times, the number of arrests of immigrants without criminal records has Read More

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ICE Officials Appearing at New York Courts

New York’s courts have received some unexpected visitors over the past month: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers. Since the February expansion of ICE’s enforcement efforts by the Trump administration, ICE has been seeking ways to remove individuals targeted for deportation. With New York and other states failing to respond to ICE detainers, the agency Read More

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The New Immigration Policy’s Effects on Immigrants in the Workplace

Following the Executive Orders and corresponding guidelines implemented over the past month by the Trump administration, New Yorkers have seen an increase in the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. The most recent guidelines by the Department of Homeland Security broadened ICE’s priorities to include nearly every undocumented immigrant in the United States, 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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"Was trying to get Green Card since about 7 years. Finally when I switched to this law firm I was able to get green card very fast with great confidence. Big thanks to Eileen, Kerry, Manjit and Olga." - Dinesh, Kansas

""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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