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11/30/20

 Matter of Padilla Rodriguez, 28 I&N Dec. 164 (BIA 2020)

    • Temporary Protected Status (TPS); admission; adjustment of status

 

Bedoya v. Barr, No. 19-1930 (4th Cir. Nov. 25, 2020)

    • asylum; past persecution; death threats; Colombia; Colombian police officer

 

  Hernandez-Serrano v. Barr, No. 20-0367 (6th Cir. Nov. 24, 2020)

    • Administrative closure; regulatory interpretation

 

Barrados-Zarate v. Barr, No. 20-1040 (7th Cir. Nov. 24, 2020)

    • issue exhaustion; jurisdiction; non-LPR cancellation of removal; Mexico

 

Moallin v. Barr, No. 19-2743 (8th Cir. Nov. 23, 2020)

    • Convention Against Torture (CAT); Somalia

 

Vega-Anguiano v. Barr, No. 15-72999 (9th Cir. Nov. 24, 2020)

    • reinstatement; gross miscarriage of justice; executing final order; jurisdiction

 

  11/16/20

Matter of H-Y-Z-, 28 I&N Dec. 156 (BIA 2020)

  • motion to reopen; sua sponte; ineffective assistance of counsel; prejudice; frivolous finding; Lozada in the 3d Circuit

Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

Wambura v. Barr, No. 19-1360 (4th Cir. Nov. 13, 2020)

  • burdens; relief; aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i); $10,000 amount of loss; corroboration; CAT deferral; Tanzania

11/16/20

Matter of H-Y-Z-, 28 I&N Dec. 156 (BIA 2020)

  • motion to reopen; sua sponte; ineffective assistance of counsel; prejudice; frivolous finding; Lozada in the 3d Circuit

Student Clinic for Immigrant Justice

Wambura v. Barr, No. 19-1360 (4th Cir. Nov. 13, 2020)

  • burdens; relief; aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i); $10,000 amount of loss; corroboration; CAT deferral; Tanzania

11/9/20

Matter of Negusie, 28 I&N Dec. 120 (A.G. 2020)

  • persecutor bar; asylum and withholding of removal; duress and voluntariness; history of asylum; 1967 protocol; evidentiary burden

Khan v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1427 (3d Cir. Nov. 3, 2020)

  • LPR cancellation of removal; INA § 240A(a); stop-time rule; statutory interpretation; vacated conviction; Conn. Gen. Stat § 21a-279(c) for possession of less than a half ounce of marijuana

Suate-Orellana v. Barr, No. 19-60729 (5th Cir. Nov. 4, 2020)

  • adverse credibility; motion to remand for new evidence; materiality; withholding of removal; particular social group; gang recruitment; Honduras

11/2/20

Matter of Pak, 28 I&N Dec. 113 (BIA 2020)

  • I-130; fraudulent marriage; INA § 204(c); substantial and probative evidence standard

Velasco Lopez v. Decker, et al., No. 19-2284 (2d Cir. Oct. 27, 2020)

  • detention; INA § 236(a); due process; Jennings v. Rodriguez

Amaya-De Sicaran v. Barr, No. 18-1915 (4th Cir. Oct. 30, 2020)

  • asylum; domestic violence;Matter of A-B-; anti-circularity; particular social group; El Salvador

Londono-Gonzalez v. Barr, No. 16-60766 (5th Cir. Oct. 26, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; INA § 212(c); INA § 242(a)(2)(C); due diligence; equitable tolling

Morales Bribiesca v. Barr, No. 20-0348 (6th Cir. Oct. 30, 2020)

  • alien smuggling; INA § 212(a)(6)(E)(i); clear, unequivocal, and convincing standard

Velasquez v. Barr, et al., No. 19-1148 (8th Cir. Oct. 27, 2020)

  • TPS; inspected and admitted; statutory interpretation

Velasquez-Rios et al. v. Barr, No. 18-72990 (9th Cir. Oct. 28, 2020)

  • Penal Code § 18.5; CIMT; cancellation of removal; sentence of one year or more; federalism

Medina-Rodriguez v. Barr, No. 19-72681 (9th Cir. Oct. 30, 2020)

  • drug trafficking aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(B); Cal. Health & Safety Code § 11359; marijuana; categorical approach – date of conviction analysis

10/26/20

Grijalva Martinez v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 191740 (3d Cir. Oct. 21, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; criminal sexual contact – N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:14-3(b) and 2C:14-2(c)(4); endangering the welfare of children – N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:24-4(a)(1); particularly serious crime

Ortega-Lopez v. Barr, No. 18-72441 (9th Cir. Oct. 20, 2020)

  • CIMT; Chevron deference; 7 U.S.C. § 2156(a)(1); animal fighting; cancellation of removal; INA §240A(b)(1)(C)

Martinez-Perez v. Barr, 947 F.3d 1273 (10th Cir. 2020)

  • cancellation of removal; age-out (age out) of qualifying relative

10/19/20

Hincapie-Zapata v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 18-10229 (11th Cir. Oct. 13, 2020)

  • material support of terrorism; INA § 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(I), (iv)(VI); duress; de minimus support

Hernandez-Cartagena v. Barr, No. 19-1823 (4th Cir. Oct. 14, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; family; nexus; El Salvador

Larios v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-2594 (3d Cir. Oct. 14, 2020)

  • CIMT; terroristic threats; modified categorical approach; divisibility; mens rea; recklessness; N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:12-3(a)

Cortes-Maldonado v. Barr, No. 18-70927 (9th Cir. Oct. 15, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; illicit trafficking in a controlled substance; INA § 101(a)(43)(B); commercial activity; solicitation; inchoate offenses; Or. Rev. Stat. § 475.860

Mukulumbutu v. Barr, No. 18-70927 (9th Cir. Oct. 15, 2020)

  • adverse credibility; inconsistencies and omissions; border interview; asylum; Democratic Republic of Congo; due process

10/12/20

Matter of Voss, 28 I&N Dec. 107 (BIA 2020)

  • INA § 240A(b); LPR cancellation of removal; affect of receiving immigration relief; DHS authority to charge; INA § 212(c)

Jimenez-Aguilar v. Barr, No. 19-1917 (7th Cir. Oct. 6, 2020)

  • 8 C.F.R. § 1240.11(c)(1); IJ failure to warn; definition of persecution; definition of harm; deference; gang violence; Honduras

10/7/20

Immigrant Legal Resource Center, et al. v. Wolf, et al. (NDCA Sept. 29, 2020)

  • preliminary injunction; USCIS fees; executive authority

Zhakira v. Barr, No. 18-1470 (1st Cir. Oct. 2, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; westernized individuals; Al Shabab; Kenya

Hernandez-Morales v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 193000 (3d Cir. Oct. 1, 2020)

  • jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B)(i); criminal-alien bar; Guerrero-Lasprilla

Mirambeaux v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 193224 (3d Cir. Oct. 2, 2020)

  • continuances; jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(C); due process; Guerrero-Lasprilla; Nasrallah

Velasquez-Gaspar v. Barr, No. 17-71964 (9th Cir. Sept. 30, 2020)

  • asylum; unable or unwilling to protect; domestic violence; women; El Salvador

9/28/20

Matter of A-C-A-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 84 (A.G. 2020)

  • asylum; humanitarian asylum; particular social group; nexus; Salvadoran women; El Salvador

Matter of J-G-T-, 28 I&N Dec. 97 (BIA 2020)

  • expert testimony; State Department reports; Iran; Mexico

Torres v. Barr, No. 13-70653 (9th Cir. Sept. 24, 2020)

  • inadmissibility; INA § 212(a)(7)(a)(i)(I); INA § 212(a)(6)(A)(i); statutory interpretation; Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

Loja-Tene v. Barr, No. 19-2192 (1st Cir. Sept. 21, 2020)

  • asylum; nexus; family group; criminal recruitment; Ecuador

Lee v. Barr, No. 19-1516 (1st Cir. Sept. 22, 2020)

  • continuances; withholding of removal; wealthy immigrants; particular social group; Jamaica; voluntary departure

Avitso v. Barr, No. 20-1117 (8th Cir. Sept. 22, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; in absentia; ineffective assistance of counsel; substantial compliance with Matter of Lozada

9/21/20

Ramos et al. v. Wolf et al., No. 18-16981 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2020)

  • TPS; jurisdiction; APA; equal protection

Bare v. Barr, No. 17-73269 (9th Cir. Sept. 16, 2020)

  • asylum-only proceedings; inadmissibly and asylee status; changing from stowaway to asylee status; 18 U.S.C. §§ 922(g)(1) and 924(a)(2); particularly serious crime; Matter of N-A-M-; Somalia

Safaryan v. Barr, No. 16-74039 (9th Cir. Sept. 17, 2020)

  • CIMT; Cal. Pen. Code § 245(a)(1), assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm; Matter of Wu; Chevron deference

Rodriguez v. Barr, No. 18-1070 (2d Cir. Sept. 18, 2020)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(A) – sexual abuse of minor; aggravated felony; New York Penal Law § 130.65(3)

Santana v. Barr, No. 18-2755 (2d Cir. Sept. 18, 2020)

  • aggravated felony theft offense; INA § 101(a)(43)(G); receipt of stolen property

Gomez-Medina v. Barr, No. 19-2280 (1st Cir. Sept. 15, 2020)

  • asylum; unable or unwilling to protect; Honduras

Du v. Barr, No. 18-60792 (5th Cir. Sept. 14, 2020)

  • asylum; nexus; political opinion; anti-corruption; China

9/14/20

Guerra v. Barr, No. 18-71070 (9th Cir. Sept. 11, 2020)

  • deferral of removal under the CAT; mental health institution; Mexico; standard of review; de novo review

J.R. v. Barr, No. 18-72812 (9th Cir. Sept. 11, 2020)

  • asylum; unable or unwilling to protect; El Salvador; Mara 18 gang

9/7/20

Matter of R-C-R-, 28 I&N Dec. 74 (BIA 2020)

  • continuances; abandonment of relief; good cause; motion to reconsider; motion to reopen; due process; video hearings; televideo hearings

A.A. v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 171176 (3d Cir. Sept. 2, 2020)

  • material support of terrorism; Tier III terrorist group; state actor; asylum, withholding of removal, convention against torture; Syria; statutory interpretation; absurd results; foreign relations; refoulement; Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees; terrorism exemption; terrorism waiver

Portillo-Flores v. Barr, No. 19-1591 (4th Cir. Sept. 2, 2020)

  • asylum; unable or unwilling to control; substantial evidence standard; El Salvador;

Ahmed v. Barr, No. 183704 (8th Cir. Sept. 4, 2020)

  • deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture; conversion to Christianity from Islam; motion to reopen; Bangladesh; reviewability

Jaimes-Cardenas v. Barr, No. 19-71849 (9th Cir. Sept. 1, 2020)

  • VAWA cancellation of removal; Violence Against Women Act; INA § 240A(b)(2); INA § 237(a)(7); INA § 240A(b)(5); statutory construction

8/31/20

Iman v. Barr, No. 17-72318 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2020)

  •  adverse credibility; unresponsive testimony; omissions; asylum; Somalia

Aliyev v. Barr, No. 19-72701 (9th Cir. Aug. 24, 2020)

  • Motion to reopen to apply for asylum; 8 C.F.R § 1003.2(c)(1); attaching application to motion

Yoon, et al. v. Barr, Nos. 17-70624, 17-70670 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2020)

  • perjury; Cal. Pen. Code § 118(a); Matter of Alvarado; INA § 101(a)(43)(S)

Soto-Vittini v. Barr, No. 19-1372 (1st Cir. Aug. 24, 2020)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(B); illicit trafficking in a controlled substance; mens rea; accomplice liability; Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 94C, § 32A(a)

Franjul-Soto v. Barr, No. 19-1859 (1st Cir. Aug. 24, 2020)

  • VAWA; evidentiary standard for motion to reopen; prima facie case for motion to reopen

Flores-Moreno v. Barr, No. 19-60017 (5th Cir. Aug. 24, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; equitable tolling; due diligence; ineffective assistance of counsel

Romero v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 193550 (3d Cir. Aug. 25, 2020)

  • withholding of removal; reasonable fear; standard of review; Mexico

Listener Question

8/24/20

Rampersaud v. Barr, No. 19-825 (2d Cir. Aug. 19, 2020)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i); $10,000 threshold; NYPL § 176.20; insurance fraud; NYPL § 155.30grand larceny; burdens

Mota v. Barr, No. 19-1385 (2d Cir. Aug. 17, 2020)

  • Stat. § 21a-277(a)(1); CIMT; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(ii); intent; reprehensible conduct; drug trafficking

Cabeda v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1835 (3d Cir. Aug. 18, 2020)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(A); sexual abuse of a minor; 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 3123(a)(7); mens rea; realistic probability test

Abdullah v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1167 (3d Cir. Aug. 20, 2020)

  • motion for certification of late filed appeal; 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(c); jurisdiction; BIA discretion

Argueta v. Barr, No. 18-2514 (4th Cir. Aug. 18, 2020)

  • LPR cancellation; “rendered inadmissible”;Barton v. Barr

Cheneau v. Barr, No. 15-70636 (9th Cir. Aug. 19, 2020)

  • derivative citizenship; 8 U.S.C. § 1432(a); 8 U.S.C. § 1431(a); 18 U.S.C. § 16(b)

Patel, et al. v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 17-10636 (11th Cir. Aug. 19, 2020) (en banc)

  • jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B); false claim to citizenship; materiality

8/17/20

Akosung v. Barr, No. 17-72829 (9th Cir. Aug. 14, 2020)

  • asylum; reasonable relocation; particular social group; social distinction; marital rape; Cameroon

Syed v. Barr, No. 17-71727 (9th Cir. Aug. 12, 2020)

  • CIMT; Cal. Pen Code § 288.3(a) vis a vis § 288: attempting to communicate with a child with the intent to commit lewd or lascivious acts upon that child; intent; knowledge; age of the child

Gomez Fernandez v. Barr, No. 19-70079 (9th Cir. Aug. 13, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; Cal. Pen. Code §187(a); murder; INA § 101(a)(43)(A); divisibility

Enriquez v. Barr, No. 13-72934 (9th Cir. Aug. 13, 2020)

  • VAWA; admission; admitted in any status; LPR cancellation of removal; INA § 240A(a)

Lopez-Garcia et al. v. Barr, No. 19-2081 (7th Cir. Aug. 11, 2020)

  • motion to reconsider and motion to reopen to apply for asylum

Salazar-Marroquin v. Barr, No. 19-1669 (7th Cir. Aug. 13, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; sua sponte; incorrect charge in NTA; Pereira and Ortizmotion to terminate; prejudice

Fatima Fuentes v. Barr, No. 19-1773 (8th Cir. Aug. 12, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; family claims; El Salvador

Lingeswaran v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 18-13489 (11th Cir. Aug. 13, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture; Sri Lanka

8/10/20

Valenzuela Gallardo v. Barr, No. 18-72593 (9th Cir. Aug. 6, 2020)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(S) aggravated felony “offense relating to obstruction of justice”; law of the case doctrine; “relating to”; Chevrondeference

Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr, No. 18-72833 (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2020)

  • asylum; withholding of removal; torture protection; Mexico; Matter of A-B-; particular social group – circularity

Davila v. Barr, No. 17-72173 (9th Cir. Aug. 7, 2020)

  • asylum; domestic violence; Nicaragua; unable or unwilling to protect; cherry picking the record

Matter of Nivelo Cardenas, 28 I&N Dec. 68 (BIA 2020)

  • motion to reopen; in absentia; address requirement; duty to ensure correct information in NTA

Machado Sigaran v. Barr, No. 19-1282 (1st Cir. Aug. 5, 2020)

  • temporary protected status (TPS); no-notice motion to reopen; appellate review; circuit review

Antonio Garcia v. Barr, No. 19-60097 (5th Cir. Aug. 4, 2020)

  • sexual assault of a child; crime of child abuse; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); Chevrondeference

Cuevas-Nuno v. Barr, No. 20-3034 (6th Cir. Aug. 7, 2020)

  • issue exhaustion; motion to reopen; extraordinary circumstances vs. sua sponte; circuit review

Galeano-Romero v. Barr, No. 19-9585 (10th Cir. Aug. 4, 2020)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal; exceptional and extremely unusual hardship; jurisdiction to review factual findings

8/3/20

Matter of Reyes, 28 I&N Dec. 52 (A.G. 2020)

  • categorical approach; aggravated felony; theft; fraud; NY Pen. L. § 155.40(1)

Orellana v. Barr, No. 19-70164 (9th Cir. July 28, 2020)

  • CIMT; Cal. Pen Code § 646.9(a); stalking; Skidmore deference; single scheme of criminal conduct

Johnson v. Barr, No. 19-9550 (10th Cir. July 31, 2020)

  • categorical approach; divisibility; Colorado Revised Statutes § 18-18-403.5(1), (2)(a); drug schedules

Gao v. Barr, No. 18-358 (2d Cir. July 28, 2020)

  • asylum; credibility; religious persecution; China; Chinese Christians

Sathanthrasa v. Att’y GenU.S., No. 18-2925 (3d Cir. July 30, 2020)

  • asylum; withholding; 8 C.F.R. § 1208.16(e); family unity; Sri Lanka; discretion

Gjetani v. Barr, No. 18-60827 (5th Cir. July 30, 2020)

  • asylum; political opinion; Albania; past persecution; standard of review

Deep v. Barr, No. 19-60391 (5th Cir. July 27, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; India

Marqus v. Barr, No. 18-4252 (6th Cir. July 30, 2020)

  • deferral of removal; Chaldean Christian; Convention Against Torture; Iraq

Lasu v. Barr, No. 18-3550 (8th Cir. July 31, 2020)

  • deferral of removal; Convention Against Torture; Egypt; South Sudan; minority clans

Alzawed v. Barr, No. 19-2425 (8th Cir. July 31, 2020)

  • deferral of removal; Convention Against Torture; Iraq; res judicata

7/27/2020

Matter of P-B-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 43 (BIA 2020)

  • controlled substance offenses; divisibility; ARS § 13-3407; Arizona

Dale v. Barr, No. 18-1081 (2d Cir. July 23, 2020)

  • derivative citizenship; 8 U.S.C. § 1432(a); equal protection; New York; NYPL § 120.05(2) aggravated assault; 8 U.S.C. § 16(a)

Shire v. Barr , No. 19-1714 (8th Cir. July 23, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; Somalia

Gonzalo Dominguez v. Barr, 18-72731 (9th Cir. July 21, 2020)

  • drug trafficking aggravated felonies; divisibility; manufacturing; delivery; particularly serious crimes; Oregon Revised Statutes; ORS § 475.992(1)(a)

Sanabria Morales v. Barr, No. 17-1634 (1st Cir. July 24, 2020)

  • CAT; deferral of removal; Venezuela; particularly serious crime; drug trafficking; Matter of Y-L-; presumption

Blanco v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-3658 (3d Cir. July 24, 2020)

  • asylum; persecution; harm; corroboration; Honduras

Sanchez et al. v. DHS et al. , No. 19-1311 (3d Cir. July 22, 2020)

  • TPS; admission

Santos-Alvarado v. Barr, 19-60432 (5th Cir. July 21, 2020)

  • adverse credibility; asylum; exhaustion; due process; witness testimony; El Salvador

Skripkov v. Barr, No. 19-3922 (6th Cir. July 20, 2020)

  • asylum; political opinion; anti-corruption; prosecution vs. persecution; Russia

7/20/2020

Matter of O-F-A-S- , 28 I&N Dec. 35 (A.G. 2020)

  • CAT; public official; “under color of law”; rogue official

Matter of M-D-C-V-, 28 I&N Dec. 18 (BIA 2020)

  • Migrant Protection Protocols; MPP; applicant for admission; arriving alien; asylum; right to counsel

Millan-Hernandez v. Barr, No. 18-2107 (2d Cir. July 13, 2020)

  • motion to suppress; motion to terminate; Fourth Amendment; egregious violation; Constitution

Ordonez Azmen v. Barr, No. 17-982 (2d Cir. July 13, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; former gang members; motion to remand; changed country conditions

Jack et al. v. Barr, 18-842, 18-1479 (2d Cir. July 16, 2020)

  • firearm offense; firearm aggravated felony; antique firearms; realistic probability test

Nunez-Vasquez v. Barr, No. 19-1841 (4th Cir. July 13, 2020)

  • CIMT; intent; morally reprehensible; identity theft

Escobedo-Marquez, et al. v. Barr, No. 19-1025 (7th Cir. July 13, 2020)

  • asylum; persecution; well-founded fear; LGBTQ; pattern and practice; Mexico

Eduardo Rendon v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-10197 (11th Cir. July 14, 2020)

  • LPR cancellation of removal; stop time rule; retroactivity

7/13/2020

Canal A Media Holding, LLC et al. v. USCIS, No. 18-cv-24027 (11th Cir. July 8, 2020)

  • jurisdiction; APA; L-1A visas; nonimmigrant denials; challenging USCIS action

Sharif v. Barr, No. 19-1478 (8th Cir. July 7, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; Somalia; jurisdiction

Kilic v. Barr , No. 19-4076 (6th Cir. July 10, 2020)

  • 212(h) waiver; equal protection; CAT; Bosnia

Ottey v. Barr , No. 18-834 (2d Cir July 7, 2020)

  • inspection and admission; procedurally regular admission; burden of proof; due process; evidentiary burden; New York Penal Law § 165.5; CIMT

Silva v. Barr, No. 16-70130 (9th Cir. July 10, 2020)

  • CIMT; petty theft; Cal. Pen Code § 484(a); categorical approach; changed country condition motions to reopen; Philippines

Gordon v. Barr, No. 19-1539 (4th Cir. July 8, 2020)

  • realistic probability test; Virginia Code § 18.2-280(A); willful discharge of “any firearm” in a public place without resulting bodily injury; INA § 237(a)(2)(C) firearm offense

7/6/2020

Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, et al. v. Trump, et al., No, 19-2117 (D.D.C. June 30, 2020)

  • asylum; Administrate Procedures Act (APA); injunctions

Nastase v. Barr, No. 18-60264 (5th Cir. July 1, 2020)

  • derivative citizenship; refugee status; lawful admission for permanent residence; discretionary waivers; jurisdiction

Diaz Torres v. Barr, No. 18-70141 (9th Cir. June 29, 2020)

  • particular social group; asylum, withholding of removal, CAT, Mexico: Sinaloa

6/29/2020

DHS et al. v. Thuraissigiam, No. 19-161 (U.S. June 25, 2020)

  • expedited removal, credible fear, jurisdiction; due process, Suspension Clause

Meza-Morales v. Barr, 19-1999 (7th Cir. June 26, 2020)

  • administrative closure; Matter of Castro Tum; U visa; INA 212(d)(3)(A) waiver

Ortiz v. Barr, 19-1285 (8th Cir. June 23, 2020)

  • CIMT; obstruction of legal process; obstruction of justice; general intent crimes

Gordon v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 18-14513 (11th Cir. June 24, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; Georgia possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute; ecstasy

Valadez-Lara v.. Barr, No. 19-4013 (6th Cir. June 26, 2020)

  • in absentia motion to reopen; no notice

Tanusantoso, et al. v. Barr, No. 18-1440 (2d Cir. June 23, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; Indonesian Christians

Cedillos-Cedillos v. Barr, No. 18-2233 (4th Cir. June 26, 2020)

  • asylum; El Salvador; “nuclear family”; witness to crime; nexus

Omar v. Barr, No. 18-3351 (8th Cir. June 26, 2020)

  • CAT; deferral; Somalia

Xochihua-Jaimes v. Barr, No. 18-71460 (9th Cir. June 26, 2020)

  • CAT; deferral of removal; Mexico; acquiescence of a public official; relocation; Los Zetas; LGBTQ; lesbian

6/22/20

DHS et al. v. Regents of the University of California, et al., No. 18-587 (U.S. June 18, 2020)

  • DACA; Administrative Procedures Act; Executive power

Matter of R. I. Ortega, 28 I&N Dec. 9 (BIA 2020)

  • INA 204(c)(2); sham marriage; K-1 visa; conspiracy

Hernandez Lara v. Barr, No. 19-1524 (1st Cir. June 15, 2020)

  • right to counsel; due process; prejudice; continuance

Damian Ferreyra v. Barr, Nos. 18-3021 & 19-2055 (7th Cir. June 16, 2020)

  • visa waiver program; asylum; waiver of right to removal proceedings

Cordoba v. Barr, 17-71655 (9th Cir. June 16, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; “Wealthy landowners”

6/15/20

Alexis v. Barr, No. 18-60748 (5th Cir. June 8, 2020)

  • controlled substance; Texas; realistic probability test; categorical approach; CAT

Tejeda v. Barr, No. 13-74391 (9th Cir. June 8, 2020)

  • controlled substance; California; categorical approach; divisibility

Martinez de Artiga v. Barr, No. 17-2898 (2d Cir. June 10, 2020) · CAT; asylum; MS-13; gang recruitment Matter of F-S-N-, 28 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2020)

  • motions to reopen; changed country conditions; adverse credibility

Garcia v. Barr, No. 19-3489 (6th Cir. June 8, 2020)

  • unaccompanied alien minor; jurisdiction; asylum; CAT

6/8/2020

Nasrallah v. Barr, No. 18-1432 (U.S. June 1, 2020)

  • CAT; jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(C); final order of removal

Grigoryan v. Barr, No. 16-73652 (9th Cir. June 2, 2020)

  • asylum termination; Report of Investigation; ROI

Roy v. Barr, No. 15-72942 (9th Cir. June 4, 2020)

  • derivative citizenship; 8 U.S.C. § 1432(a)(3); equal protection

Moran v. Barr, No. 18-73167 (9th Cir. June 2, 2020)

  • CIMT; Cal. Veh. Code § 2800.4; vehicular flight from a police officer while driving against traffic

Point Du Jour v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 18-15235 (11th Cir. June 4, 2020)

  • ineffective assistance of counsel; Matter of Lozada; substantial compliance

6/1/20

Williams v. Barr, No. 18-2535 (2nd Cir. May 27, 2020)

  • antique firearms exception; categorical approach; realistic probability test

Mendez v. Barr, No. 18-801 (2nd Cir. May 27, 2020)

  • CIMTs; Matter of Mendez, 27 I&N Dec. 219, 225 (BIA 2018); 18 U.S.C. § 4; misprision of a felony

Kondjoua v. Barr, No. 16-296 (2nd Cir. May 28, 2020)

  • crime of violence; INA § 101(a)(43)(F); 18 U.S.C. § 16(a); sexual assault; Connecticut General Statutes § 53a-72a(a)(1)

Bannister et al. v. Barr, No. 18-2638 (8th Cir. May 26, 2020)

  • controlled substance offenses; categorical approach; Minn. Stat. § 152.025, subd. 2 (fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance statute)

Chen v. Barr, No. 19-2375 (7th Cir. May 29, 2020) · Pereira v. Sessions; INA § 240A(b); stop-time rule; claims processing rule Prieto-Pineda v. Barr, 19-1347 (8th Cir. May 28, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, CAT; El Salvador; gangs

5/25/20

Guzman Vazquez v. Barr, No. 19-3417 (6th Cir. May 18, 2020)

  • withholding of removal; “one central reason”; nexus; corroboration; opportunity to explain

Juan Antonio v. Barr, No. 18-3500 (6th Cir. May 19, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; Matter of A-B-; domestic violence

Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., 27 I&N Dec. 837 (DIR 2020)

  • non-attorney accreditation; EOIR Director; reconsideration

Thompson v. Barr, No. 18-1823 (1st Cir. May 21, 2020)

  • sua sponte motion to reopen; pardons; INA 237(a)(2)(A)(vi); jurisdiction

Alvarez-Espino v. Barr, No. 19-2289 (7th Cir. May 20, 2020)

  • ineffective assistance of counsel; U-Visa; continuance; prejudice

5/18/20

Guzman Vazquez v. Barr, No. 19-3417 (6th Cir. May 18, 2020)

  • Withholding of removal; “one central reason”; nexus; corroboration; opportunity to explain

Juan Antonio v. Barr, No. 18-3500 (6th Cir. May 19, 2020)

  • Asylum; particular social group; Matter of A-B-; domestic violence

Matter of Bay Area Legal Services, Inc., 27 I&N Dec. 837 (DIR 2020)

  • Non-attorney accreditation; EOIR Director; reconsideration

Alvarez-Espino v. Barr, No. 19-2289 (7th Cir. May 20, 2020)

  • Ineffective assistance of counsel; U-Visa; continuance; prejudice;

5/10/20

Mero v Barr, No. 17-70929 (9th Cir. May 1, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; sexual abuse of minor; INA § 101(a)(43)(A); categorical approach; Nevada; NRS § 200.730; possession of child pornography

Romero-Millan, et al. v. Barr, Nos. 16-73915, 17-72893 (9th Cir. May 4, 2020)

  • controlled substance; categorical approach; divisibility; certification; Arizona; A.R.S. § 13-3415; drug paraphernalia; A.R.S.§ 13-3408(A)(2); drug possession for sale

Aguilar Fermin v. Barr, Nos. 18-70855, 18-73266 (9th Cir. May 5, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture; adverse credibility; jurisdiction; Pereira v. Sessions; notice to appear

Matter of Herrera-Vasquez, 27 I&N Dec. 825 (BIA 2020)

  • notice to appear; alien classification box; DHS mistakes; Migrant Protection Protocols; jurisdiction; termination

United States v. Sineneng-Smith, No. 19-67 (U.S. May 7, 2020)

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1324; bringing in or harboring certain aliens; overbreadth doctrine

Cucalon v. Barr, No. 181292 (4th Cir. May 7, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; drug trafficking; INA § 101(a)(43)(B); violation of a law relating to a controlled substance; INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i); categorical approach; divisibility; modified categorical approach; Shepard documents; Virginia; VA Code § 18.2-248(D); distribution of cocaine as an accommodation

Bakor v. Barr, No. 183011 (8th Cir. May 7, 2020)

  • crime involving moral turpitude; CIMT; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(ii); Minnesota; Minn. Stat. § 609.3451 sub-division 1; criminal sexual conduct in the fifth degree; Minn. Stat. § 243.166 subdivision 5(a); failure to register as a sex offender

5/3/2020

Barton v. Barr, No. 18-725 (U.S. Apr. 23, 2020)

  • “rendered inadmissible”; INA § 240A(d)(1)(B); cancellation of removal; stop-time rule

Peters v. Barr, No. 16-73509 (9th Cir. Apr. 2, 2020)

  • adjustment of status; failure to maintain lawful status exception; INA § 245(c)

Sutarsim v. Barr, No. 18-1937 (1st Cir. May 1, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; Indonesia; Chinese ethnicity

Scarlett v. Barr, No. 16-940 (2d Circ. Apr. 28, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture; “unable or unwilling”; government officials; Jamaica; gangs

Guzman-Orellana v. Att’y Gen., No. 19-1793 (3d Cir. Apr. 17, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture; particular social group; imputed; El Salvador; gangs; government witness

Calderon-Rosas v. Att’y Gen., No. 19-2332 (3d Cir. Apr. 27, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; ineffective assistance of counsel; prejudice; cancellation of removal

Perez v. Barr, No. 16-71918 (9th Cir. Apr. 27, 2020)

  • mental incompetency; attorney’s fees

Banuelos v. Barr, 953 F.3d 1176 (10th Cir. Mar. 25, 2020)

  • Pereira v. Sessions; stop-time rule; notice to appear; cancellation of removal

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