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What the New Federal Budget Means for Immigration

On March 22, President Donald Trump announced that he signed into law a $1.3 trillion budget that he said will help further his goals of border protection and immigration reform. As part of the budget, the president allocated $1.57 billion for new construction of the border wall and replace any existing fencing that may be Read More

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The Limits of Sanctuary in the Face of Increased Immigration Enforcement

In today’s heated political environment, immigration is one of the most discussed topics in the media. President Trump is working to enforce immigration laws and increase deportation efforts to remove more non-citizens from the country than ever. In fact, according to the New York Times, the number of arrests of immigrants without criminal records has Read More

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The Controversy Surrounding DACA

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has dominated the news for months, especially since September 2017, when the Trump administration announced its plans to begin eliminating it. The controversy has even gone so far as to cause a government shutdown as Democrats and Republicans have been unable to reach a compromise.   DACA Read More

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Re-Registration for Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status

On January 18, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Salvadorans who are current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and want to maintain their status until the program’s termination date on September 9, 2019, must re-register during the 60-day registration period. The registration period runs from January 18, 2018, through March Read More

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Salvadoran LGBT Community Condemns Trump’s Decision to End Temporary Protected Status on Non-Citizens

LGBT activists from El Salvador criticized President Donald J. Trump’s decision to remove Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from the 200,000 Salvadoran non-citizens currently living in the U.S., according to an article from the Washington Blade.   These non-citizens were granted TPS by then-U.S. President George W. Bush in 2001 after their home country was ravaged Read More

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President Trump Sets Out to End the Diversity Visa Program After a Terrorist Attack in Manhattan

On October 31, 2017, eight people were killed and eleven injured in lower Manhattan at the hands of a suspected terrorist who drove a rental truck into a bike path. The suspect was identified as 29-year-old Sayfullo Saipov. Saipov was born in Uzbekistan and has lived in Ohio, Florida, and New Jersey. In 2010, he Read More

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Non-Citizen Teen Receives Abortion After Court Victory

On October 18, 2017, a federal judge ordered that United States officials allow a 17-year-old non-citizen to get an abortion. In early September, a young girl from Central America was detained while trying to cross the border into the United States from Mexico. The girl was then brought to a shelter for unaccompanied minors in Read More

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President Trump’s List of Demands in Exchange for DACA Support

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been in jeopardy since President Trump announced on September 5, 2017, that he was terminating the program. Mr. Trump stated that he was giving Congress a six-month period to make DACA a legal protection before he starts to phase it out. DACA has protected nearly 800,000 Read More

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DAPA Rescinded, DACA to Stay for Now

On June 14, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it has rescinded Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA). DAPA was a program created in 2014 under President Barack Obama. The program would have deferred the deportation of undocumented immigrants, who are parents of U.S. citizens and legal 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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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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