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New Changes to Public Charge Rule Go into Effect

Recent changes made to the public charge rule have gone into effect, which will significantly impact the immigration process for millions of immigrants to the United States. The rule changes, pushed by the Trump Administration, have faced several legal challenges, but all have failed to stop the law from coming into effect. Advocates say that Read More

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Final Challenge to New York “Green Light” Law is Dismissed

The last remaining legal challenge to New York’s “Green Light” law has been dismissed, clearing way for it to come into effect starting December 16, 2019. The law, which allows undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in New York, has stirred up controversy both in the state and across the country, and several legal challenges Read More

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Judge Blocks New Health Insurance Rule For Immigrants

A federal District Court judge in Oregon has blocked a rule that would’ve gone into effect on November 3rd, which would have severely limited visa applications to the United States. The new rule would have made it so anyone who wanted to obtain a United States visa would have needed health insurance within 30 days Read More

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Federal Judges Block Implementation of the Public Charge Rule

Last week federal judges in three states issued temporary injunctions against the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule.  The injunctions prevented the rule from taking effect on October 15th. As explained in an earlier blog post, the administration’s implementation of the public charge rule would have prevented many more undocumented persons from receiving admission to the Read More

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Supreme Court Allows Enforcement of New Asylum Rule

A new rule put into place by the Trump Administration has been allowed to come into effect thanks to the Supreme Court, putting a new limit on people seeking asylum through the U.S.-Mexico border. By a 7-2 vote, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting, the court decided that the new asylum rule Read More

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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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Sessions v. Dimaya: How it Applies to Immigration Consequences for Common New York Offenses

Recently, the Supreme Court issued a decision that struck down a provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) §101(a)(43)(F) that requires the deportation of non-citizens who have been convicted of a “crime of violence.” The case, Sessions v. Dimaya, resulted in a 5-4 majority vote, holding that the federal statute was impermissibly vague and, 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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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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Non-Citizens with Controlled Substance Cases and Convictions Should Revisit Their Cases

Non-citizens with controlled substance cases and convictions should consider revisiting their cases, including those who already received a removal order. On June 21, 2017, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, issued a decision which has far-reaching effects on non-citizens who have been convicted of certain controlled substance offenses in New York. In Harbin v. Lynch 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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