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Growing Wait Times for Immigration Cases, Despite Drop in Applications

Over the past two years, the number of people attempting to immigrate to the United States has dropped significantly. Yet, in that same time, wait times for applications have ballooned to being 47% longer than before, causing the immigration process to become even more arduous than it already was. And the reason for these delays, Read More

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How Can a Writ of Mandamus Help Me?

The immigration system of the United States is notoriously slow. Even if you’ve already been interviewed for naturalization and permanent residence, you may find yourself trapped in a legal limbo waiting for the government to respond. If this describes your situation, it’s worth considering whether a writ of mandamus might be the answer for you.

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New York Courts Attempt to Curtail ICE Arrests within Courthouses

The New York State Office of Court Administration (OCA) issued new rules on Wednesday which are intended to curtail federal immigration officials’ ability to arrest undocumented individuals in state courthouses.  Under the new rules, immigration officials are required to have a federal judicial warrant or order to a New York judge or court attorney before Read More

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ICE Sued over Videoconferencing Immigration Hearings

Last month, several detained immigrants in New York City sued Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over their new policy of holding immigration hearings over videoconferencing. The ICE policy began last June after ICE’s New York office refused to bring jailed immigrants to the immigration court located on Varick Street.  Instead, ICE cited safety concerns concerning Read More

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Government Shutdown Leads to Cancelation of Thousands of Immigration Cases

On December 22, 2018, parts of the government shut down after Congress and the White House failed to agree on a spending deal. One month later, the government shutdown continues and, as of January 12, 2019, was recorded as the longest in U.S. history.  The government shutdown has had a negative impact on many agencies, 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. Attorney General Limits Asylum Seekers’ Rights to be Heard

The Washington Post reported that U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has done away with a requirement that foreign nationals seeking asylum here in this country receive a full hearing in immigration court. By eliminating this requirement, it vacates a ruling made by the Board of Immigration Appeals in 2014 that all asylum seekers should be 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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United States Has Record High Immigration Court Backlog

With President-elect Donald Trump set to take office on January 20, 2017, United States non-citizens may find that they have a need to get in front of an immigration judge. President-elect Trump’s anti-immigration statements may cause the addition of cases to an already backlogged immigration court system nationwide. The day after the election, Syracuse University 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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