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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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ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਟਰੰਪ ਵਲੋਂ ਇਮੀਗ੍ਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਦੇ ਮੁੱਦੇ ਤੇ ਕਾਰਜਕਾਰੀ ਆਦੇਸ਼

ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਟਰੰਪ ਵਲੋਂ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੇ 45ਵੇ ਰਾਸ਼ਟਰਪਤੀ ਦੇ ਵਜੋਂ ਸੋਂਹ ਚੁੱਕਣ ਤੋਂ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ ਬਿਨਾ ਕਾਗਜ਼ਾਂ ਦੇ ਗੈਰ ਅਮਰੀਕੀ ਨਾਗਰਿਕਾਂ ਨੂੰ ਦੇਸ਼ ਵਿਚੋਂ ਬਾਹਰ ਕੱਢਣ ਅਤੇ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ-ਮੈਕਸੀਕੋ ਦੀ ਸਰਹੱਦ ਦੇ ਨਾਲ-ਨਾਲ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਅਤ ਦੀਵਾਰ ਦਾ ਨਿਰਮਾਣ ਕਰ ਅਮਰੀਕਾ ਦੀ ਇਮੀਗ੍ਰੇਸ਼ਨ ਨੀਤੀ ਨੂੰ ਸੁਧਾਰਨ ਦੀ ਆਪਣੀ ਯੋਜਨਾ ਦਾ ਪ੍ਰਚਾਰ ਕੀਤਾ ਸੀ I 25 ਜਨਵਰੀ 2017 ਨੂੰ, ਗ੍ਰਹਿ ਸੁਰੱਖਿਆ 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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Fraud and Willful Misrepresentation Bar LPR Status

As discussed in a previous blog, an otherwise eligible immigrant’s application to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can be denied by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for several reasons. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212, there are multiple grounds for inadmissibility, including fraud and willful misrepresentation. Even after an individual acquires LPR Read More

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Criminal Law Issues Impede Green Card Applicants

As discussed in a previous blog, an otherwise eligible immigrant’s application to become a Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR) can be denied by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for several reasons. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act § 212, there are multiple grounds for inadmissibility, including criminal grounds. Even after an individual acquires LPR status, 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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