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Deportation of Legal and Undocumented Immigrants if Visa or Benefits Denied

Recently, the Trump administration expanded the guidelines for summoning immigrants before an immigration judge. On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Notice to Appear (NTA) policy memorandum which provided guidance on when the USCIS may issue Form I-862, Notice to Appear. An NTA is the charging document in a 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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Unpredictability Under The Trump Administration

Gone are the days when, under the Obama administration, immigration enforcement priorities were clearly outlined. Now, with Donald J. Trump as president, immigration policies regarding enforcement and deportation have become more confusing. As a result, discretion is left to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in the field, which creates confusion among officers in 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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Fear Among Immigrant Communities Mounts as ICE Launches Raids

The timing of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids less than a month after President Donald Trump vowed to crack down on non-citizens living in the U.S. illegally has spurred fear among immigrant communities. The ICE raids took place nationwide from February 4 to February 10 and resulted in nearly 700 immigrant arrests. During the ICE raids, immigration Read More

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President Trump Issues Executive Orders on Immigration

Prior to his inauguration, President Trump was adamant about his plans to reform U.S. immigration policies to speed up the deportation of non-citizens and secure barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border. On January 25, 2017, during an appearance at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump signed two executive orders: one directing the construction of Read More

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The Future of Asylum Law in Donald Trump’s America

Donald Trump’s many campaign promises may have disheartened asylum seekers or those with asylum status in the U.S. He has spoken of banning Muslims, building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., and implementing a so-called “extreme vetting” process of people from war-torn countries seeking entry into the U.S. While it is difficult to say Read More

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The Trump Effect

Throughout his campaign, Mr. Trump made many promises. Promises that will undoubtedly affect millions of immigrants that reside in the United States. Mr. Trump has stated that in the first 100 days he will take the following actions regarding immigration policies. 1) He would cancel every executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.   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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Fear of Terrorism Attacks Leads the U.S. to Tighten Visa Restrictions for Some Visitors

Terrorism attacks continue to loom on the forefront following the November 13, 2015 Paris attacks. Following the attacks, Congress passed new legislation requiring approximately 38 countries which participate in the visa-waiver program to supply more in-depth security information about their travelers or else face possible termination of their participation in the program run by the 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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