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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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The Benefits and Risks of U-Visas

The United States has a long, often complicated history with immigration, and part of that complexity comes from the hostility that immigrants face when they arrive here. And however hostile the current administration might be to immigrants, there are still legal protections for immigrants (even undocumented immigrants) who become the victims of crimes. To that Read More

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ACLU Sues Trump Administration Over Fast-Track Deportations

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and American Immigration Council (AIC) have sued the Trump Administration over their implementation of a new rule expanding fast-track deportations that deny individuals a court hearing or access to an attorney.  The lawsuit was filed last week in the U.S. district court in Washington D.C., asking the Court to 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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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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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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National Interest Waiver Requirements

A National Interest Waiver (NIW) is used to waive certain requirements for employment-based immigrant visas if that immigrant can show that their work is of “national interest.” This waiver is only applicable to second preference employment visas, EB-2 visas, where the potential immigrant does not have a permanent job offer to work in the United 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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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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