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Filing a Writ of Mandamus to Speed Up Your Immigration Matter as USCIS Processing Delays Hit All-Time High

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently posted data which shows crisis-level delays in the agency’s processing of applications and petitions for immigration benefits.  These delays have caused significant harm to vulnerable populations across the country.   In 2003, the USCIS created by Congress with the goal of efficiently processing immigration-related applications and petitions.  Read More

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New York State and Local Police Cannot Detain Non-Citizens for ICE

Recently, a Brooklyn appellate court ruled that local and state police in New York State cannot detain non-citizens beyond their scheduled date of release to turn them over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers without a judicial warrant.   The case The People, ex rel. Jordan Wells, on behalf of Susai Francis v. DeMarco, 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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What Does Prosecutorial Discretion Mean in Connection with U.S. Immigration Law?

President Obama’s recent executive action has sparked debate about the role of prosecutorial discretion in the exercise of immigration policy. Supporters of the president’s action hail it as a pragmatic approach to an overwhelming problem that Congress has failed to solve, while critics claim that Mr. Obama has violated two important Constitutional principles: the separation 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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""With an extensive criminal history: over 14 arrests, 2 State prison bids and several felony convictions no lawyer wanted my case in 2010. Thanks to the experts at Bretz & Coven who worked diligently and with precision, today I am a United States citizen." - E.A. Brooklyn, NY

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