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Singh v. Att’y Gen U.S., No. 20-1778 (3d Cir. Aug. 31, 2021)

  • aggravated felony; controlled substance offense; “alien” at time of offense; CostelloRossi;denaturalization; rule of lenity; statutory interpretation; Chevron; ambiguity; reasonable interpretation

B.C. v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1408 (3d Cir. Sept. 1, 2021)

  • credibility; inconsistency; asylum; memorizing testimony; Pidgin English; sue process; right to interpreter; Cameroon

Rodriguez-Ramirez v. Garland, No. 19-70506 (9th Cir. Sept. 1, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; standard of review; inconsistency; omission

Giha v. Garland, No. 15-73085 (9th Cir. Sept. 2, 2021)

  • derivative citizenship; burden shifting framework; summary judgment; common law marriage and separation in Peru

Gutierrez v. Garland, No. 19-60408 (5th Cir. Aug. 31, 2021)

  • convention against torture; government acquiesce; willful blindness; MS-13; Honduras


Munyuh v. Garland, No. 19-72890 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; cherry-picking; inconsistencies; sexual violence; rape; Cameroon

Orozco-Lopez, et al. v. Garland, No. 20-70127 (9th Cir. Aug. 25, 2021)

  • reinstatement; reasonable fear proceedings; reasonable fear appeal; right to counsel; prejudice;  rule of lenity; statutory construction

Afanador v. Garland, No. 17-70127 (9th Cir. Aug. 27, 2021)

  • retroactivity; CIMT; moral turpitude; Cal. Pen. Code § 314.1;Matter of Cortes Medina

Singh v. Garland, No. 19-704 (2d Cir. Aug. 25, 2021)

  • asylum; reasonable relocation; Shiromani Akali Dal Amritsar; Mann party; Sikh; India

Mumad v. Garland, No. 20-2140 (8th Cir. Aug. 27, 2021)

  • particularly serious crime; robbery; void for vagueness

Murugan v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-13715 (11th Cir. Aug. 24, 2021)

  • asylum; past persecution; Tamil; Sri Lanka



Germain v. U.S. Att’y General, No. 20-11419 (11th Cir. Aug. 18, 2021)

  • aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(P); relating to document fraud; 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a); cancellation of removal;

Lopez-Marroquin v. Garland, No. 18-72922 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2021)

  • Veh. Code § 10851(a); categorical approach; divisibility; aggravated felony; 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43)(G); Duenas-Alvarez v. HolderMathis v. United States

Guerrier v. Garland, No. 20-70115 (9th Cir. Aug. 16, 2021)

  • jurisdiction; credible fear determination; expedited removal; colorable constitutional claim; due process; DHS v. Thuraissigiam

Flores-Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 19-70177 (9th Cir. Aug. 16, 2021)

  • False claim to U.S. citizenship; INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(ii); adjustment of status; due process; prejudice

Dai v. Garland, No. 15-70776 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2021)

  • Garland v. Dai;adverse credibility; presumption of credibility; deemed credible; persuasiveness

Liang v. Garland, No. 18-2257 (2d Cir. Aug. 19, 2021)

  • Asylum; withholding of removal; Convention Against Torture; credibility; factual omission; factual inconsistency; substantial evidence

Sharma v. Garland, No. 20-70238 (9th Cir. Aug. 17, 2021)

  • Asylum; withholding of removal; reasonable fear of persecution; Convention Against Torture; voluntary departure; jurisdiction

Villalobos Sura v. Garland, No. 20-71839 (9th Cir. Aug. 17, 2021)

  • Withholding of removal; serious nonpolitical crime bar; probable cause; INTERPOL Red Notice; Convention Against Torture; government acquiescence; El Salvador

Plancarte Sauceda v. Garland, No. 19-73312 (9th Cir. Aug. 20, 2021)

  • particular social group; immutable characteristic; asylum; withholding of removal; Convention Against Torture; government acquiescence; venue


Matter of Hernandez-Romero, 28 I&N Dec. 374 (BIA 2021)

  • NACARA; cancellation of removal; statutory construction

Sanchez-Ruano v. Garland, No. 18-71760 (9th Cir. Aug. 11, 2021)

  • Cancellation of removal; INA § 240A(b); inadmissibility grounds; INA § 212; deportability grounds; INA § 237; removability vs relief

Mohamed v. Garland, No. 20-1829 (8th Cir. Aug. 13, 2021)

  • Convention Against Torture; fact-finding; Matter of J-F-F-; more likely than not; government acquiescence; Somalia

Yusuf v. Garland, No. 20-2316 (8th Cir. Aug. 9, 2021)

  • Motion to reopen; Convention Against Torture; changed country conditions; sua sponte; LGBT; Somalia; due process

Gonzales Quecheluno v. Garland, No. 20-2200 (8th Cir. Aug. 12, 2021)

  • Motion to reopen; continuance; jurisdiction; admin closure; Matter of Sanchez Sosa; U Visa;

Gonzalez Hernandez v. Garland, No. 19-60274 (5th Cir. Aug. 13, 2021)

  • Motion to reconsider; motion to reopen; change in law; aggravated felony; crime of violence; INA § 101(a)(43)(F); 18 U.S.C. § 16(b); Sessions v. Dimaya; El Salvador


Simpson v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-11156 (11th Cir. Aug. 4, 2021)

  • Stat. § 790.23(1)(a); felon in possession; INA § 237(a)(2)(C); ammunition; divisibility; categorical and modified categorical approach; jury instructions

Maie v. Garland, No. 19-73099 (9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2021)

  • CIMT; theft; Haw. Rev. Stat. § 708-833(1); Model Penal Code; deprive; Matter of Diaz-LizarragaMatter of Burbano

Gilbertson v. Garland, No. 20-2355 (8th Cir. Aug. 2, 2021)

  • particularly serious crimes; withholding of removal; Matter of G-G-S-; mental health; Shazi v. Wilkinson; drug trafficking; Matter of Y-L-; Los Zetas; Mexico

Rosales-Reyes v. Garland, No. 20-2417 (8th Cir. Aug. 4, 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; drug cartels; CAT; relocation; Mexico

Nolasco v. Garland, No. 20-1034 (4th Cir. Aug. 2, 2021)

  • Particular social groups; asylum; asylum; socially distinct; CAT protection; former gang membership; Matter of M-E-V-G-Matter of W-G-R-; El Salvador

Vasquez-Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 19-71445 (9th Cir. Aug. 5, 2021)

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1252(d)(1); issue exhaustion; futility; Matter of E-A-G-; particular social group; imputed gang membership; CAT; safe relocation; El Salvador.

Romero v. Garland, No. 17-70534 (9th Cir. Aug. 2, 2021)

  • false claim to citizenship; INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(ii); burdens of proof; admission

Parada-Orellana v. Garland, No. 19-60645 (5th Cir. Aug. 6, 2021)

  •  Motions to reopen; INA § 240A(b); non-LPR cancellation of removal; hardship; jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B); in absentia order



Matter of A-C-A-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 351 (A.G. 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; DHS stipulations

Matter of Aguilar-Barajas, 28 I&N Dec. 354 (BIA 2021)

  • aggravated statutory rape; Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-13-506(c); crime of child abuse under INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); Esquivel-Quintana

Marinelarena v. Garland, No. 14-72003 (9th Cir. July 26, 2021)

  • Cal. Pen. Code § 182; Cal. Health & Safety Code § 11352(a); divisibility; burdens; Pereida 

Estella Orellana v. Mayorkas, et al., No. 20-16092 (9th Cir. July 28, 2021)

  • naturalization; INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i) aggravated felony; + $10,000; Cal Pen. Code § 550(b)(3); insurance fraud; Harveywaiver; motion to dismiss

Galvan v. Garland, No. 20-1485 (4th Cir. July 27, 2021)

  • jurisdiction; discretion; non-LPR cancellation of removal; INA § 240A(b); exceptional and extremely unusual hardship

Mencia-Medina v. Garland, No. 20-1724 (8th Cir. July 29, 2021)

  • issue exhaustion; VAWA cancellation of removal; BIA factfinding; discretionary determinations

Vazquez-Guerra v. Garland, No. 18-60828 (5th Cir. July 29, 2021)

  • family-based particular social group; nexus; one central reason; nexus for withholding of removal; Mexico

Singh v. Garland, No. 17-2368 (2d Cir. July 28, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; inconsistency; omission; Sikh; Shiromani Akali Da Amritsar (SADA); India

Omowole v. Garland, No. 20-2285 (7th Cir. July 29, 2021)

  • credibility; fraud; sham marriage


Matter of O-R-E-, 28 I&N Dec. 330 (BIA 2021)

  • equitable doctrine of latches; due process; genocide; Rwanda; INA § 212(a)(3)(E)(ii), (iii); credibility; material misrepresentation

Meza v. Garland, No. 20-2193 (7th Cir. July 20, 2021)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal INA § 240A(b); jurisdiction; good moral character; weighing of evidence; DUI

Orpinel-Robledo v. Garland, No. 20-2624 (8th Cir. July 19, 2021)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal INA § 240A(b); due process; change of judges; use of the word “the”

Avendano-Elvira v. Garland, No. 20-2775 (8th Cir. July 21, 2021)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal INA § 240A(b); due process; change of judges; right to a specific immigration judge


Matter of Cruz-Valdez, 28 I&N Dec. 326 (A.G. 2021)

  • administrative closure; Matter of Castro-Tum

Valarezo-Tirado v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-1705 (3d Cir. July 15, 2021)

  • reasonable fear interview; reinstatement; withholding-only; adequacy of IJ decision; CAT

B.R. v. Garland, No. 19-70386 (9th Cir. July 12, 2021)

  • termination; regulatory violations; due process; service of NTA on minor; egregious constitutional violation; evidence of alienage; CAT; drug cartels; Mexico

Lalayan v. Garland, No. 18-73062 (9th Cir. July 13, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; plausibility; demeanor; Armenia

Singh v. Garland, No. 19-60937 (5th Cir. July 12, 2021)

  • stay of removal; due process; adverse credibility; IJ bias; extra-record evidence; Matter of R-K-K-; political opinion; persecution; Mann Party; BJP; India

Sanchez-Gonzalez v. Garland, No. 20-3938 (6th Cir. July 16, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; jurisdiction; INA § 241(a)(5); reinstatement; gross miscarriage of justice; Ohio Revised Code § 2943.031(A); duty to advise immigration consequences

Coto-Albarenga v. Garland, No. 20-2539 (8th Cir. July 12, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; credible fear interview; discrepancies

Fofana v. Mayorkas, No. 20-1623 (8th Cir. July 15, 2021)

  • material support of terrorism; issue preclusion; collateral estoppel; United Liberation Movement

Peh v. Garland, No. 20-1508 (8th Cir. July 16, 2021)

  • realistic probability test; Iowa Code § 710.10(3); “entice”; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment

Ochoa-Salgado v. Garland, No. 19-60519 (5th Cir. July 16, 2021)

  • drug trafficking aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(B); delivery; offer to sell; rule of orderliness; categorical approach; Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.112



Guerrero Trejo v. Garland, No. 20-60353 (5th Cir. July 2, 2021)

  • INA § 240A(b); non-LPR cancellation of removal; hardship; jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B); Guerrero-Lasprilla

Bautista-Bautista v. Garland, No. 20-1534 (8th Cir. July 6, 2021)

  • particular social group; convention against torture; CAT; tattoos; Seguridad; Guatemala

Quintanilla v. Garland, No. 18-67 (2d Cir. July 9, 2021)

  • withholding of removal; particular social group; Nasrallah; gangs; MS-13; El Salvador

Posos-Sanchez v. Garland, No. 17-72002 (9th Cir. July 7, 2021)

  • admission; amnesty; INA § 240B(b); voluntary departure; Niz-Chavezand Pereira; NTA

Escobar Santos v. Garland, No. 17-72334 (9th Cir. July 9, 2021)

  • forgery in violation of Cal. Pen. Code § 470a; aggravated felony; INA § 101(a)(43)(R)



Odds and Ends

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  • Patel v. Garland!!!!

Johnson v. Chavez, No. 19-897 (U.S. June 29, 2021)

Matter of S-L-H- & L-B-L-, 28 I&N Dec. 318 (BIA 2021)

  • in absentia motion to reopen; exceptional circumstances; de novo review; weather; traffic; tardiness; sufficiency of evidence

Perez-Trujillo v. Garland, Nos. 11-1481, 17-1586 (1st Cir. June 28, 2021)

  • particular social group; gang recruitment; former gang member; MS-13; El Salvador; Special Immigrant Juvenile status (SIJ); discretion; Matter of Arai; jurisdiction

Portillo-Flores v. Garland, No. 19-1591 (4th Cir. June 29, 2021) (en banc)

  • asylum; past persecution; death threats; children; family based particular social group; El Salvador; MS-13

Adeeko v. Garland, No. 19-60703 (5th Cir. July 1, 2021)

  • child abuse, abandonment, or neglect; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); online solicitation of a minor in violation of Tex. Pen. Code § 33.021(c); categorical approach

Parzych v. Garland, No. 20-2317 (7th Cir. June 28, 2021)

  • categorical approach; modified categorical approach; divisibility; elements; means; jury instructions; Mathis peek

Mejia-Padilla v. Garland, No. 20-1720 (7th Cir. June 29, 2021)

  • motions to reopen; defective NTA; Pereira; non-LPR cancellation of removal; stop-time rule; equitable tolling

Brathwaite v. Garland, No. 20-27 (2d Cir. July 1, 2021)

  • criminal conviction; finality; Chevron deference; Matter of J.M. Acosta; N.Y. Crim. Pen. L. § 460.30



Avila de la Rosa v. Garland, No. 20-1956 (7th Cir. June 24, 2021)

  • defective notice to appear; NTA; prejudice; claims processing rule; PereiraNiz-Chavez; motion to terminate

Matter of Moradel, 28 I&N Dec. 310 (BIA 2021)

  • Special Immigrant Juvenile status; canon of statutory construction – rule of the last antecedent; statutory interpretation; N.J. Stat. § 2C:35-10(a)(4); simple possession; 30 grams or less of marijuana; circumstance specific approach

Bogle v. Garland, No. 19-72290 (9th Cir. June 23, 2021)

  • personal use exception under INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i); conviction under INA § 101(a)(48); circumstances specific approach; police report; Pereida v. Wilkinson

Kaur v. Garland, No. 18-72786 (9th Cir. June 21, 2021)

  • changed country condition motion to reopen; change in circumstances; personal circumstances; family-based particular social group; persecution by members of group; retribution; personal vendetta; acquiescence; CAT; relocation; women; India

Zamorano v. Garland, No. 19-72893 (9th Cir. June 25, 2021)

  • prehearing voluntary departure under INA § 240B(a); due process; IJ duty to inquire – asylum; 8 C.F.R. § 1240.11; U-Visa

Moreno-Osorio v. Garland, No. 20-1035 (4th Cir. June 23, 2021)

  • asylum; withholding of removal; CAT; Mara 18; Honduras; particularity; unlawfully wounding in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-51; crime of violence; Bordon


Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 307 (A.G. 2021)

  • particular social group; Matter of A-B-; Matter of A-B- II; Matter of A-R-C-G-

Matter of L-E-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 304 (A.G. 2021)

  • particular social group; Matter of L-E-A- II; family nexus; Niz-Chavez motion to terminate

Thamotar v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12019 (11th Cir. June 17, 2021)

  • asylum; withholding of removal; discretion; family unification; 8 C.F.R. § 1208.16(e); Sri Lanka; Tamil

Darby v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-2107 (3rd Cir. June 17, 2021)

  • changed country condition motion to reopen; CAT; materiality; prima facie standard; sua sponte; Jamaica


Sanchez v. Mayorkas, No. 20-315 (U.S. June 7, 2021)

Bordon v. U.S., No. 19-5410 (U.S. June 10, 2021)

  • ACCA; violent felony; crime of violence; INA § 101(a)(43)(F); 18 U.S.C. § 16(a); elements clause; recklessness; all mens rea

Matter of D-G-C-, 28 I&N Dec. 297 (BIA 2021)

  • asylum; one year filing deadline; changed circumstances; definition of material

Veloz v. Garland, No. 19-4111 (2d Cir. June 7, 2021)

  • New York petit larceny; N.Y. Pen. L. § 155.25; intent to appropriate; N.Y. Pen. L. § 155.00(4)(b); CIMT; Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga

Tobias-Chaves v. Garland, No. 20-4020 (6th Cir. June 8, 2021)

  • procedural due process; prejudice; jurisdiction; venue; prejudice

Soto-Soto v. Garland, No. 20-70587 (9th Cir. June 11, 2021)

  • standard of review; clear error; de novo; CAT deferral; indigenous women; Mexico; Interpol Red Notice


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  • Massachusetts marijuana and hemp

Garland v. Dai, No. 19-1155 (U.S. June 1, 2021)

  • adverse credibility; presumption of credibility; deemed credible; persuasiveness

Garcia-Deleon v. Garland, No. 20-3957 (6th Cir. June 4, 2021)

  • administrative closure; Castro-Tum; regulatory interpretation; provisional unlawful presence waiver; 8 C.F.R § 212.7(e)(4)(iii)

Padilla-Franco v. Garland, No. 20-2415 (8th Cir. June 2, 2021)

  • asylum; past persecution; particular social group; extortion; BIA standard of review

Rubalcaba v. Garland, No. 17-70845 (9th Cir. June 2, 2021)

  • sua sponte motion to reopen; departure bar; Kisor deference

Sanchez-Castro v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-15091 (11th Cir. June 1, 2021)

  • nexus; family-based particular social group; government acquiescence; MS-13; El Salvador


United States v. Palomar-Santiago, No. 20-437 (U.S. May 24, 2021)

  • 8 U.S.C. § 1326(d); illegal reentry; Leocal; motion to reopen; change in law

Quintero v. Garland, No. 19-1904 (4th Cir. May 26, 2021)

  • presumption of credibility; duty to develop record; Matter of W-Y-C- & H-O-B-pro serespondents; acquiescence; aggregate harm; Convention Against Torture; El Salvador; MS-13

Dawson v. Garland, No. 19-73124 (9th Cir. May 26, 2021)

  • Convention Against Torture; past torture; protective order; changed personal conditions;  relocation; Jamaica

Vazquez Romero v. Garland, No. 15-72947 (9th Cir. May 28, 2021)

  • applicant for admission; returning LPR; Matter of Valenzuela-Felix; INA § 101(a)(13)(C); CIMT; California petty theft; bond

Tacuri-Tacuri v. Garland, No. 19-1687 (1st Cir. May 24, 2021)

  • INA § 240A(b); non-LPR cancellation of removal; exceptional and extremely unusual hardship

Rojas v. Garland, No. 19-1944 (8th Cir. May 27, 2021)

  • knows or has reason to believe illicit trafficker in a controlled substance; INA § 212(a)(2)(C); probable cause; criminal alien bar; INA §  242(a)(2)(C)


Islam v. DHS, No. 19-13287 (11th Cir. May 20, 2021)

  • INA § 212(a)(3)(B); membership in a terrorist organization; definition of Tier III terrorist organization; jurisdiction; issue preclusion; collateral estoppel; “actually litigated”; void for vagueness; Bangladesh Nationalist Party or BNP

Figueroa v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1419 (3d Cir. May 19, 2021)

  • fugitive disentitlement doctrine; unable or unwilling to control; complete helplessness; condone; consent, acquiesce, or willful blindness; CAT; withholding gang violence; Honduras

Maniar v. Garland, No. 18-60667 (5th Cir. May 20, 2021)

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(D); conspiracy; aggravated felony; CheneryNiz-Chavez; jurisdiction

Carino v. Garland, No. 18-72985 (9th Cir. May 18, 2021)

  • derivative citizenship; INA § 321(a); legal custody; nunc pro tunc state court orders; Congressional intent; federalism; Philippines; Convention Against Torture; drugs


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Cheneau v. Garland, No. 15-70636 (9th Cir. May 13, 2021) (en banc)

  • derivative citizenship; former INA § 321(a)(5) (repealed); statutory interpretation; cannon against superfluity; cannon when Congress uses language it omits elsewhere; Congressional intent; family unity; history of the INA

Hernandez-Galand v. Garland, No. 17-70538 (9th Cir. May 12, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; in absentia; INA § 240(b)(5)(C)(i); exceptional circumstances; totality of circumstances; persuasiveness of affidavit

Blanc v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12508 (11th Cir. May 11, 2021)

  • Pre-conclusion voluntary departure under INA § 240B(a); jurisdiction; BIA authority; factfinding; discretion; Patel and Kurapati

Nguyen v. Garland, No. 19-60342 (5th Cir. May 12, 2021)

  • conviction; INA § 101(a)(43)(A); criminal alien jurisdictional bar; unsigned documents

Mirza v. Garland, No. 20-60132 (5th Cir. May 12, 2021)

  • termination of asylum; INA § 212(b)(2)(A)(iv); Matter of A-H-; probable cause standard; danger; reasonable grounds; Mohajir Quami Movement (MQM); Chevron deference

Thayalan v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-2270 (3d Cir. May 10, 2021)

  • past persecution; asylum; pattern of mistreatment; extortion; Matter of A-B- II, Sri Lanka; Tamil



Arcos Sanchez v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-1843 (3d Cir. May 5, 2021)

  • administrative closure; regulations; regulatory interpretation; Kisor deference; DACA

Romero v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-3705 (3d Cir. May 5, 2021)

  • reinstatement; withholding only proceedings; jurisdiction; notice of referral; Form I-863; Pereira

K.A. v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 17-3640 (3d Cir. May 4, 2021)

  • second-degree New Jersey robbery in violation of N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:15-1; aggravated felony “theft offense” under INA § 101(a)(43)(G); New Jersey theft; consent through fraud; affirmative defense

Guzman-Garcia v. Garland, No. 20-1966 (7th Cir. May 3, 2021)

  • asylum; withholding of removal; well-founded fear; gangs; Mexico

Gonzalez-Veliz v. Garland, No. 19-72090 (9th Cir. May 4, 2021)

  • abandonment of asylum application; biometrics; continuance; good cause

Artola v. Garland, No. 19-1286 (8th Cir. May 5, 2051)

  • LPR cancellation of removal; INA § 240A(a); TPS; admission; INA § 244(e); statutory construction; plain text

Route v. Garland, No. 19-72854 (9th Cir. May 6, 2021)

  • CIMT within 5 years; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(i); Micronesia; Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003; US-FSM COFA § 141; Matter of Alyazji; admission; Chevron deference; unpublished BIA decision

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Niz-Chavez v. Garland, No. 19-863 (U.S. Apr. 29, 2021)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal; stop-time rule; implication of the indefinite article “a”; statutory interpretation; Dictionary Act; motion to reopen; claims processing rule

Tetteh v. Garland, No. 19-2357 (4th Cir. Apr. 27, 2021)

  • pardons; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(vi); Georgia First Offender Act, Ga. Code Ann. § 42-8-60; former INA § 212(c); definition of conviction

Jimenez-Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 19-2467 (4th Cir. Apr. 29, 2021)

  • U-visa; waivers; Chenrey doctrine; IJ authority; INA § 212(d)(3)(A)(ii); regulatory interpretation; limits of expressio unius canon

USA v. Figueroa-Beltran, No. 16-10388 (9th Cir. Apr. 27, 2021)

  • Nevada Revised Statute § 453.337; 8 U.S.C. § 1326(a); divisibility; drug trafficking; sentence enhancement


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Thompson v. Garland, No. 17-3494 (2d Cir. Apr. 22, 2021)

  • second-degree assault under New York Penal Law § 120.05(1); crime of violence; INA § 101(a)(43)(F); 18 U.S.C. § 16(a)


Matter of Mensah, 28 I&N Dec. 288 (BIA 2021)

  • conditional lawful permanent resident; CLPR; petition to remove condition; fraud or willful misrepresentation; INA § 212(a)(6)(C)(i); USCIS interview

Aristy-Rosa v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-2105 (3d Cir. Mar. 16, 2021)

  • pardons; definition of conviction; full faith and credit; INA § 237(a)(2)(B); INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(vi); Matter of Suh

Arroyo v. Garland, No. 19-3032 (8th Cir. Apr. 14, 2021)

  • controlled substances offense; INA § 212(a)(2)(a)(i)(II); possession of marijuana; Iowa Code § 124.401(5); divisibility; different punishments; motion to reconsider

Zarate-Alvarez v. Garland, No. 19-9570 (10th Cir. Mar. 23, 2021)

  • INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment; Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-6-401(1)(a), (7)(b)(I); non-LPR cancellation of removal

Alvarado-Herrera v. Garland, No. 18-70191 (9th Cir. Apr. 13, 2021)

  • reasonable fear interview; reinstatement; expedited removal procedures; Convention Against Torture; 18th Street Gang; willful blindness of police; Honduras


Rodriguez-Tornes v. Garland, No. 19-71104 (9th Cir. Apr. 5, 2021)

  • asylum; nexus; Matter of A-B-; Matter of A-B- II, feminism political opinion; particular social group of Mexican females; reman; expert

Matter of A-S-M-, 28 I&N Dec. 282 (BIA 2021)

  • INA § 241(a)(5); reinstatement; withholding of removal; country of removal; INA § 241(b)(2)(A)–(E); 8 C.F.R. § 1241.8(e); 8 C.F.R. § 1241.31

Sánchez-Vásquez v. Garland, No. 20-1661 (1st Cir. Apr. 7, 2021)

  • particular social group; anti-gang; Evangelical Christian; El Salvador; administrative notice; pro se respondent

Cabrera Martinez v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-14110 (11th Cir. Apr. 7, 20

  • asylum; past persecution; economic persecution; “reasoned consideration”; Cuban journalists; Cuba

Orellana-Recinos v. Garland, No. 19-9596 (10th Cir. Apr. 5, 2021)

  • asylum; nexus; family based particular social group; gang recruitment; MS-13; El Salvador

Quiroa-Motta v. Garland, No. 20-1425 (1st Cir. Apr. 6, 2021)

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

Aspilaire v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12605 (11th Cir. Apr. 6, 2021)

  • aggravated felony, INA § 101(a)(43)(E)(ii); felon in possession of a firearm, Fla. Stat. § 790.23(1)(a); antique firearms exception; realistic probability test

Diaz-Flores v. Garland, No. 17-72563 (9th Cir. Apr. 6, 2021)

  • definition of a CIMT; first-degree burglary of a dwelling under Oregon Rev. Stat. § 164.2Matter of J-G-D-F-; dwelling

Ahmed v. Garland, No. 19-3480 (8th Cir. Apr. 8, 2021)

  • law relating to a controlled substance; INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i); Minn. Stat. § 152.025; disability; BIA factfinding; asylum; Somalia


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Hylton v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-14825 (11th Cir. Mar. 31, 2021)

  • aggravated felony; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(iii); statutory interpretation; denaturalization; Chevron and Brand-X deference; rule of lenity; prior-construction canon

Matter of Al Sabsabi, 28 I&N Dec. 269 (BIA 2021)

  • CIMT; impairing government functions; conspiracy, underlying offense; 18 U.S.C. § 371; selling counterfeit currency in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 473; divisibility

Matter of Vucetic, 28 I&N Dec. 276 (BIA 2021)

  • CIMT; DUI; unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in violation of New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 511(3)(a)(i); mens rea; recklessness; realistic probability test

Cruz Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 19-60456 (5th Cir. Apr. 1, 2021)

  • res judicata; Texas robbery; nucleus of operative facts

Meza-Vazquez v. Garland, No. 15-72672 (9th Cir. Apr. 1, 2021)

  • Equal Access to Justice Act (“EAJA”); 28 U.S.C. § 2412(d); substantially justified; asylum; LGBT; Mexico

Silva v. Garland, No. 16-70130 (9th Cir. Mar. 30, 2021)

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


Alejos-Perez v. Garland, No. 19-60256 (5th Cir. Mar. 22, 2021)

  • law relating to a controlled substance; INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i); Texas Health and Safety Code § 481.1161(a); divisibility; ambiguity; burdens; drugs as elements; jury instructions; different punishments; intermediate state court decisions

Njilefac v. Garland, No. 20-60520 (5th Cir. Mar. 24, 2021)

  • affidavits; presumption of delivery; due process; motion to reconsider

Lopez-Chavez v. Garland, No. 18-3735 (8th Cir. Mar. 22, 2021)

  • aggravated felony; Moncrieffe v. Holder; INA § 101(a)(43)(O); INA § 101(a)(43)(B); 8 U.S.C. § 1326; § 1325; illegal reentry; small amount of marijuana; retroactivity

Gutierrez-Gutierrez v. Garland, No. 18-2034 (8th Cir. Mar. 22, 2021)

  • reinstatement; procedurally lawful admission; Matter of Quilantan; motion to reopen; jurisdiction; gross miscarriage of justice

Acevedo v. Garland, No. 19-72381 (9th Cir. Mar. 24, 2021)

  • particular social group; particularity; intellectual disability; subgroups; psychological reports; social distinction; relevant society; asylum; El Salvador


Awuku-Asare v. Garland, No. 19-9516 (10th Cir. Mar. 16, 2021)

  • F-1 student status; failure to maintain status; statutory interpretation; definition of the word “fail”

Cuesta-Rojas v. Garland, No. 20-1302 (1st Cir. Mar. 15, 2021)

  • asylum; adverse credibility; sworn statement; discrepancies; corroborating evidence; definition of arrest

Thile v. Garland, No. 20-1259 (1st Cir. Mar. 19, 2021)

  • citizenship; burdens; identity; asylum; China; India; Tibet

Aguilar-Osorio v. Garland, No. 19-73000 (9th Cir. Mar. 15, 2021)

  • particular social group; witnesses to gang activity; Department of State reports

Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 20-70240 (9th Cir. Mar. 15, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; materially changed country conditions; change in personal circumstances; Mexico


Gonzalez v. Wilkinson, No. 19-3412 (8th Cir. Mar. 9, 2021)

  • realistic probability test; cancellation of removal; Fla. Stat. § 893.13(6)(b); possession of marijuana; divisibility; Matter of Guadarrama

Matter of Nemis, 28 I&N Dec. 250 (BIA 2021)

  • conspiracy; fraud; CIMT; conspiracy to commit visa fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371 and 18 U.S.C. § 1546(a)

Matter of Aguilar-Mendez, 28 I&N Dec. 262 (BIA 2021)

  • CIMT; assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury in violation of Cal. Pen. Code § 245(a)(4); voluntary departure

Birhanu v. Wilkinson, No. 19-9599 (10th Cir. Mar. 9, 2021)

  • CIMT; recklessness; making threats of terrorism in violation of Utah Code Ann. § 76-5-107.3(1)(b)(ii); single scheme of criminal conduct; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(ii); particularly serious crime; mental health; competency hearing

Jama v. Wilkinson, No. 19-2250 (8th Cir. Mar. 11, 2021)

  • particularly serious crime; Matter of G-G-S-; mental health; BIA fact finding; CAT deferral; Somalia

Sanchez v. Garland, No. 16-73745 (9th Cir. Mar. 11, 2021)

  • past persecution; threats; gangs; women; social distinction; El Salvador

Lucaj v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1566 (1st Cir. Mar. 10, 2021)

  • motion to reopen based on materially changed country conditions; deterioration of conditions; asylum; Albania

Lopez v. Garland, No. 20-3762 (6th Cir. Mar. 12, 2021)

  • in absentia motion to reopen; notice to appear (NTA) in native language

Arguijo v. USCIS, No. 13-cv-05751 (7th Cir. Mar. 12, 2021)

  • Violence Against Women Act; VAWA; stepchild; dictionary definition


Pereida v. Wilkinson, No. 19-438 (U.S. Mar. 4, 2021)

  • burdens; categorical approach; relief from removal; ambiguous criminal conviction; attempted criminal impersonation in violation of Neb. Rev. Stat. § 28–638; CIMT

Arita-Deras v. Wilkinson, No. 19-1978 (4th Cir. Mar. 4, 2021)

  • asylum; corroboration; family affidavits; Honduras; family based particular social group; gangs; death threats

White v. Wilkinson, No. 19-3517 (8th Cir. Mar. 4, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; VAWA cancellation; good moral character; discretion

Ali Aden v. Wilkinson, 17-71313 (9th Cir. Mar. 4, 2021)

  • asylum; firm resettlement bar; past persecution; threats; beatings; imputed religion; Somalia; Al-Shabaab


Oliveira v. Wilkinson, No. 19-1258 (1st Cir. Feb. 22, 2021)

  • INA § 245(i) adjustment of status; approvable when filed; meritorious in fact; Matter of Butt

Matter of L-L-P-, 28 I&N Dec. 241 (BIA 2021)

  • special rule cancellation of removal under INA § 240A(b)(2); statutory construction; legislative intent

Molina-Diaz v. Wilkinson, No. 15-2321 (1st Cir. Feb. 25, 2021)

  • clean credibility finding; adverse credibility; presumption of credibility; corroboration; Honduras; MUCA; CAT; withholding of removal

Zelaya-Moreno v. Wilkinson, No. 17-2284 (2d Cir. Feb. 26, 2021)

  • political opinion; gang recruitment; opposition to corruption; El Salvador

Sunuwar v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-2091 (3d Cir. Feb. 25, 2021)

  • particularly serious crime; Matter of N-A-M-; length of sentence; strangulation under 18 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 2718(a); contempt under 23 Pa. Cons. Stat. § 6114(a) for disobeying a protective order; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(ii), violation of protective order; adverse credibility

Lazo v. Wilkinson, No. 14-73182 (9th Cir. Feb. 26, 2021)

  • controlled substance offense; INA § 237(a)(2)(B)(i); California Health and Safety Code § 11350; divisibility; jury instructions


Chacon v. Wilkinson, No. 18-71515 (9th Cir. Feb. 18, 2021)

  • particularly serious crime; importing, manufacturing, or dealing in firearms without a license in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(a)(1)(A); aggravated felony; illicit trafficking in firearms; categorical approach

Naranjo Garcia v. Wilkinson, No. 19-72803 (9th Cir. Feb. 18, 2021)

  • nexus; mixed motive; asylum; particular social group; family; property owner; gang recruitment; “one reason” and “a reason” for withholding of removal


Diaz De Gomez v. Wilkinson, No. 19-2115 (4th Cir. Feb. 8, 2021)

  • asylum; nexus; particular social group; nuclear family; extortion; gang recruitment; death threats; Los Zetas; Guatemala; Matter of A-B- II; Matter of L-E-A- II

Macedo Templos v. Wilkinson, No. 15-73122 (9th Cir. Feb. 9, 2021)

  • withholding of removal; particular social group; nexus; “Mexican wealthy business owners”; Convention Against Torture; “rogue official”

Santos-Ponce v. Wilkinson, No. 18-72433 (9th Cir. Feb. 10, 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; “young Christian males who resist gang recruitment”; Honduras

Zaruma-Guaman v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1533 (1st Cir. Feb. 9, 2021)

  • asylum; adverse credibility; inconsistencies; sworn statement; Ecuador

Shazi v. Wilkinson, No. 19-2842 (8th Cir. Feb. 11, 2021)

  • particularly serious crime; Matter of G-G-S-; mental health; terroristic threats; Nasrallah – particularly serious crime; withholding; Iraq

Gallina v. Wilkinson, No. 17-4058 (2d Cir. Feb. 12, 2021)

  • deferral of removal under the Convention Against Torture; “other procedures” under CAT regulations; mafia; solitary confinement; Italy

Perez-Perez v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1048 (7th Cir. Feb. 11, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; in absentia; deportation proceedings; Periera v. Sessions; Order to Show Cause


Barahona v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1546 (8th Cir. Feb. 3, 2021)

  • serious non-political crime; asylum; probable cause; INA §§ 208(b)(2)(A)(iii), 241(b)(3)(B)(iii); burdens; Interpol Red Notice

Tibakweitira v. Wilkinson, No. 18-60459 (5th Cir. Feb. 2, 2021)

  • withholding of removal; jurisdiction; particularly serious crime; INA § 242(a)(2)(C); Nasrallah; three member panel (BIA) and due process; motion to reopen

Martinez-Baez v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1078 (7th Cir. Feb. 1, 2021)

  • corroboration; credibility; cancellation of removal; jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B); INA § 242(a)(2)(D); statutory headings; Guerrero-Lasprilla

Tomczyk v. Wilkinson, No. 16-72926 (9th Cir. Feb. 3, 2021)

  • reinstatement; INA § 241(a)(5); illegal entry; procedurally proper admission; waive through; statutory analysis


Amaya v. Rosen, No. 19-1619 (4th Cir. Jan. 25, 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; particularity; former gang members; MS-13; El Salvador

Kaur v. Wilkinson, No. 18-73001 (9th Cir. Jan. 29, 2021)

  • past persecution; attempted gang rape; sexual violence; nexus to government actor even when political party not in power; India; Mann Party

Matter of H-L-S-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 228 (BIA 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; social distinction; gangs; criminal witnesses; public testimony; MS-13; persecution in the United States

Matter of Viera-Garcia and Ordonez-Viera, 28 I&N Dec. 223 (BIA 2021)

  • NTA; Pereira v. Sessions; voluntary departure; INA § 240B(b); stop-time rule

Munoz-Rivera v. Wilkinson, No. 19-60376 (5th Cir. Jan. 27, 2021)

  • crime involving moral turpitude (CIMT); deception; use of an unauthorized social security number in violation of 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B)

Granados Benitez v. Wilkinson, No. 20-1541 (1st Cir. Jan. 28, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; changed circumstances; additional evidence; continuances; Matter of L-A-B-R-; U-Visa


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Matter of Dikhtyar, 28 I&N Dec. 214 (BIA 2021)

  • modified categorical approach; divisibility; Utah Code § 58-37-8(2)(a)(i); controlled substance offenses; different penalties

Nkomo v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-2781 (3d Cir. Jan. 21, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; equitable tolling; exhaustion


Matter of A-B-, 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G. 2021)

  • past persecution; unable or unwilling; relocation; nexus; but-for cause; Brand-X and Chevron

Al Amiri v. Rosen, No. 19-1447 (1st Cir. Jan. 11, 2021)

  • asylum; Iraq; objectively reasonable fear; nexus; trips to country of removal

Hussein v. Rosen, No. 18-70780 (9th Cir. Jan. 11, 2021)

  • asylum; due process rights of pro se respondents; IJ’s duty to develop the record

Hassan v. Rosen, No. 19-2918 (8th Cir. Jan. 15, 2021)

  • CAT deferral; minority clan; Somalia; acquiescence and willful blindness; repatriation program for Al-Shabaab defectors

E.A.C.A. v. Rosen, No. 20-3216 (6th Cir. Jan. 12, 2021)

  • motion to reopen; in absentia; exceptional circumstances; child birth; totality of circumstances; minor child

Zelaya Diaz v. Rosen, No. 20-1304 (7th Cir. Jan. 15, 2021)

  • administrative closure; Accardi doctrine; repapering; cancellation of removal

Meraz-Saucedo v. Rosen, No. 20-1438 (7th Cir. Jan. 15, 2021)

  • cancellation of removal; Pereira; timeliness; prejudice; Matter of Mendoza-Hernandez; nexus


Matter of O-M-O-, 28 I&N Dec. 191 (BIA 2021)

  • adverse credibility; fraudulent document finding; IJ authority; expert testimony

Velasquez Alvarado v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 20-10599 (11th Cir. Jan. 5, 2021)

  • asylum; particular social group; women unable to leave their relationship; Matter of A-B-; women viewed as property

Ovalles v. Rosen, No. 17-60498 (5th Cir. Jan. 6, 2021)

  • motions to reopen; equitable tolling; change in law

Singh v. Rosen, No. 20-3127 (6th Cir. Jan. 7, 2021)

  • cancellation of removal; mixed question of law and fact; jurisdiction; standards of review; hardship; Pereira; stop time rule


Mendoza-Flores v. Rosen, No. 19-60225 (5th Cir. Dec. 29, 2020)

  • mootness; removal from the U.S.; collateral legal consequences; T-Visa

Flores v. Rosen, No. 17-72888 (9th Cir. Dec. 30, 2020)

  • Special Agricultural Worker program (SAW); admissibility; statutory construction

USA v. Al-Muwwakkil, No. 18-6201 (4th Cir. Dec. 28, 2020)

  • violent felony; ACCA; crime of violence aggravated felony; divisibility; categorical approach; attempted rape in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.1-44; burglary in violation of Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-90

Garcia-Simisterra v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-13848 (11th Cir. Dec. 30, 2020)  

  • INA § 101(a)(43)(M)(i) aggravated felony; +$10,000 amount of loss; circumstance specific approach; plea agreement; nolo contender plea; withhold adjudication of guilt


Matter of Rivera-Mendoza, 28 I&N Dec. 184 (BIA 2020)

  • Or. Rev. Stat. § 163.545(1); crime of child abuse, child neglect, or child abandonment; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i)

Rad v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1404 (3d Cir. Dec. 21, 2020)

  • aggravated felony; INA §§ 101(a)(43)(M)(i) and 101(a)(43)(U); deceit; $10,000 amount; CAN-SPAM Act; 18 U.S.C. § 1037(a); Chenery doctrine

Mohamed v. Barr, No. 19-3356 (8th Cir. Dec. 23, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; changed country conditions; Somalia; in absentia

Pojoy-De Leon v. Barr, No. 19-1006 (1st Cir. Dec. 21, 2020)

  • asylum; nexus; particular social group; “Guatemalan women”

Ruiz Varela v. Barr, No. 19-1994 (1st Cir. Dec. 23, 2020)

  • withholding of removal; particular social group; “immediate family”; Honduras

Minh Nguyen v. Barr, No. 17-72197 (9th Cir. Dec. 21, 2020)

  • asylum; particular social group; drug users; Vietnam; 2008 repatriation agreement


Matter of M-A-M-Z-, 28 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2020)

  • asylum; expert testimony; particular social group; nexus; family-based groups; cartels in Mexico; Ren v. Holder, continuances, and corroborating evidence

Marquez-Paz v. Barr, No. 19-2230 (1st Cir. Dec. 18, 2020)

  • asylum; withholding of removal; nexus to a protected ground; Honduran landowners

Addo v. Barr, No. 18-9560 (10th Cir. Dec. 14, 2020)

  • asylum; Ghana; reasonable relocation; tribes

Hernandez-Alvarez v. Barr, No. 20-1459 (7th Cir. Dec. 16, 2020)

  • motion to reconsider; motion to reopen; equitable tolling; departure bar; sexual abuse of a minor aggravated felony; change in law

Smith v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12622 (11th Cir. Dec. 18, 2020)

  • CIMT; Florida vehicular homicide; Fla. Stat. § 782.071; reckless mens rea; vile or depraved conduct


Dos Santos v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12383 (11th Cir. Dec. 11, 2020)

  • admissions and concessions; “egregious circumstances”; binding on litigants; prejudice

Singh, et al. v Barr, No. 19-70932 (9th Cir. Dec. 9, 2020)

  • credible fear; expedited removal; INA § 242; jurisdiction; motion to reopen

Igiebor v. Barr, No. 19-9579 (10th Cir. Dec. 7, 2020)

  • Convention Against Torture (CAT); homosexuality; Nigeria; facilitating return and mootness after removal pending petition; “extraordinary circumstances”; 8 C.F.R. § 1287.6(b) and authentication


Matter of Melgar, 28 I&N Dec. 169 (BIA 2020)

  • ineffective assistance of counsel; Lozada; prejudice; Utah Code Ann. § 76-5 109(3)(B); crime of child abuse, abandon, or neglect

Alfaro-Garcia v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-12068 (11th Cir. Nov. 30, 2020)

  • motion to reopen after removal; reinstatement; jurisdiction

Medina Tovar, et. al. v. Zuchowski, et. al. , No. 18-35072 (9th Cir. Dec. 3, 2020)

  • U-Visas; U-nonimmigrant status; Special Appearance by Jesse Imbriano, Legal Director of Casa Cornelia Law Center

Mahmoud v. Barr, No. 19-1777 (1st Cir. Nov. 30, 2020)

  • abandonment of LPR status; burdens; applicant for admission


 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


Sanchez Rosales et al. v. Barr, No. 18-70666 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2020)

  • motion to reopen; ineffective assistance of counsel; in absentia; notario

Castillo v. Barr, No. 19-72745 (9th Cir. Nov. 18, 2020)

  • Convention Against Torture (CAT); El Salvador; expert testimony; standard for reviewing expert testimony; gang activity; MS-13

Celicourt v. Barr, No. 20-1201 (1st Cir. Nov. 17, 2020)

  • asylum; evidentiary burden; pattern and practice; evidentiary standard; Haiti; political party in Haiti


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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”


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


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


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


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


Reyes Vargas v. Barr, No. 17-9549 (10th Cir. May 14, 2020)

  • sua sponte motion to reopen; 8 C.F.R. § 1003.23(b)(1); departure bar; jurisdiction; Kisor; Auer; agency deference

Diaz Ortiz v. Barr, No. 19-1620 (1st Cir. May 15, 2020)

  • asylum; El Salvador; MS-13; gangs; adverse credibility, evidentiary admissibility; due process

Francisco v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 19-2700 (3d Cir. May 15, 2020)

  • CIMT; theft; Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga; retroactivity

Munoz-Granados v. Barr, No. 19-60758 (5th Cir. May 12, 2020)

  • asylum, withholding of removal, and Convention Against Torture; Mexico; past persecution; death threats; gangs; persecution of family members; burdens

Lona v. Barr, No. 17-70329 (9th Cir. May 15, 2020)

  • sua sponte motion to reopen; sua sponte motion reconsider; fundamental change in law; equitable tolling


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


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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