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Denaturalization Campaign

The threat of denaturalization, the process in which a citizen is stripped of their citizenship, has now become a harsh reality for some. In July 2018, The New York Times reported that, since President Trump took office, the number of denaturalization cases have increased. Denaturalization is part of the Trump administration’s campaign of increased immigration Read More

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Establishing Citizenship Under False Pretenses Can Lead to Immigration and Criminal Consequences

In the past few years, the United States’ immigration policies have been reshaped many times, especially with the recently-adopted zero-tolerance policy. This has led to the curtailment of many protection programs such as those that provided refuge to immigrants who faced dangerous conditions in their country of origin or those that allowed people who were Read More

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What Happens to Minor Non-Citizens Who Cross the Border Illegally?

The Trump administration has recently come under scrutiny for announcing its new policy toward immigration and control of the U.S.-Mexican border. Officials have cracked down on immigration policy throughout the nation, enforcing a “zero tolerance” policy for those who cross the border illegally, which will require them to face criminal charges. This includes offering little Read More

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Online Petition Calls for the Release of Gay Undocumented Immigrant

Juntos, an immigrant rights group, and GALAEI, a queer Latin social justice organization, recently formed an online petition requesting the release of a gay undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has been separated from his husband since last month. So far, more than 1,000 signatures have been collected. CBS Philadelphia reported that, on January 31, Jose 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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False Claims to U.S. Citizenship Carry Grave Consequences

Non-citizens are often put into situations that may make it easy, even appealing, for them to simply lie about their U.S. citizenship status. Those that have lied, or will lie, are faced with serious consequences that they may not have expected. False claims of U.S. citizenship will result in the person becoming deportable and placed Read More

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Border Patrol: 34,000 Central Americans Caught Trying to Cross the Border in July

An article from The Washington Times reported that, during the month of July, 34,000 Central Americans were caught trying to cross the border. According to data from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), that number is greater than in July 2015, when 29,000 were apprehended. It also pushes the number of apprehensions in the first Read More

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Study Finds Undocumented Immigrants Pay More Than $11 Billion in Taxes a Year

Opponents of illegal immigration say that undocumented immigrants who claim to “take away jobs from Americans” collect salaries without paying a dime in taxes. But a new study may help do away with that notion. The Latin Post reported on a study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy which found that illegal immigrants 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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