Kerry Bretz

Kerry Bretz

Bretz & Coven, LLP

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Immigration Crisis at the Border

Since last October, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors and women with children have traveled from Central America to turn themselves over to border patrol units along our southern border with Mexico. As a result, ICE...more

7/18/2014 - Barack Obama ICE Immigrants Immigration Reform Unaccompanied Minors Undocumented Immigrants USCIS

Update on President Obama’s Review of Deportation Policies

On March 13, President Obama directed the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh C. Johnson, to conduct a review of deportation policies and practices. Its purpose was to come up with “more humane” enforcement efforts and slow...more

6/23/2014 - Deportation DHS Immigrants

Convention Against Torture As Relief From Removal Based On Cooperation With Law Enforcement Agencies

Generally, noncitizens convicted of crimes defined as aggravated felonies under federal immigration law are automatically disqualified from most forms of relief from deportation. The term “aggravated felony” is a term of...more

11/8/2013 - Aggravating Factors Felonies Immigrants Law Enforcement Torture Visas

Immigration Help for Adult Victims of Trafficking and Abuse

Human trafficking is a broad term that encompasses a wide range of criminal activity and abuse, the common denominator of which is the movement of people from one nation to another for the purpose of exploitation. While...more

10/21/2013 - Crime Victims Fraud and Abuse Human Trafficking VAWA Visas VTVPA

U Visas: Turning Violent Crime into a Blessing in Disguise

While no one wants to be the victim of violent crime, it is becoming increasingly easier for certain immigrants to see the silver lining in an otherwise daunting experience. Specifically, the Victims of Trafficking and...more

10/15/2013 - Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 U Visas Visas

Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Making Children Priority One

In any context, abuse and abandonment is a heartbreaking experience for the children and families it affects. While therapy and psychological treatment may help begin to heal the wounds abuse leaves behind, undocumented...more

10/14/2013 - Child Abuse Immigrants Juveniles Minors USCIS Visas

Stay of Removal and Deferred Action

Previously, I have offered some further information on How to Stop Deportation and Removal as well as Risk Factors for Deportation. Today we continue the conversation on stays of removal and deferred action....more


Risk Factors for Deportation

Following up on my recent blog "How to Stop Deportation and Removal," I'd like to discuss the common triggers for deportation and removal proceedings. Among the most common causes of deportations and removals are...more

10/7/2013 - Deportation Immigrants Misdemeanors

How to Stop Deportation and Removal

Non-citizens can find themselves in deportation (removal) proceedings for various reasons. The proceedings can result in an unwanted return trip to their home country. The proceedings can also create a lengthy ban on...more


New Immigration Rules for Same-Sex Couples

Among the repercussions of a recent Supreme Court decision that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which defined marriage as the union of a man and woman, are a number of changes in current U.S. immigration law....more

9/30/2013 - DOMA Domestic Partnership Immigrants Immigration Reform Same-Sex Marriage SCOTUS US v Windsor USCIS

Comprehensive Immigration Reform

As a senior partner of a New York City immigration law firm I was pleased to see the U.S. Senate pass the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill (S. 744) on June 26, 2013. It is the first bill in a generation aimed at...more

8/13/2013 - Border Security Enforcement Immigration Reform Non-Immigrant Visas Proposed Legislation Visas

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