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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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Deportation Orders Issued for Central American Youth

Recently, Latin Times and Latino Fox News reported that 10,142 deportation orders for Central American youth, who had entered the country without an adult, have been issued by the 55 United States immigration courts. This initiated Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids, purportedly focused on certain groups of people, which has not occurred since the 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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Undocumented Immigrant Covered Under DACA Receives Temporary Reprieve from Deportation Action

Lesly Sophia Cortez-Martinez, an undocumented 32-year-old immigrant, had found a reprieve under President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Ms. Cortez-Martinez came to America when she was 15 years old, and has three children living in the United States. Recently, Ms. Cortez-Martinez visited her mother in Mexico with permission from the U.S. Citizenship 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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Local Immigrants Concerned about Possible Deportations after Learning about Roundups in Southern U.S. by ICE Officials

Many immigrants expressed concern over the weekend that federal law enforcement officials may come into their communities and round them up for deportation after learning that more than 100 immigrants in three other states were detained and set for removal from the U.S. However, law enforcement sources refuted these claims. In a statement released on 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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