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A 10-Year-Old Migrant Girl Died Last Year in Government Care, Officials Acknowledge

CBS News reports that a government official confirmed a previously unreported death of a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador while she was in the care of an Office of Refugee Resettlement facility last year. She was the first of six migrant children to die in U.S. custody — or soon after being released — in the past eight months.

Court Finds California Felony Conviction Reclassified as a Misdemeanor Retains Its Immigration Consequences

The Ninth Circuit concluded that the petitioner’s felony conviction for Possession of Marijuana for Sale under California Health & Safety Code §11359 rendered the petitioner removable, even though the conviction had been recalled and reclassified as a misdemeanor under California’s Proposition 64. The court explained that valid state convictions retain their immigration consequences even when modified or expunged for reasons of state public policy.

Court Says NTA That Is Defective Under Pereira Cannot Be Cured by a Subsequent Notice of Hearing

Concluding that Popa v. Holder had been effectively overruled, the Ninth Circuit heldthat a Notice to Appear (NTA) that is defective under Pereira v. Sessions cannot be cured by a subsequent Notice of Hearing, and therefore does not terminate the residence period required for cancellation of removal. The court thus concluded that, because the petitioner had never received a valid NTA, his residency continued beyond his receipt of the NTA in 2008, and accordingly, he was eligible for cancellation of removal.

Court Finds DHS’s Failure to Include Date and Time in NTA Was Not a Jurisdictional Flaw

The Seventh Circuit held that DHS’s failure to include the time and date of the petitioner’s hearing in the Notice to Appear (NTA) was a failure to follow a claim-processing rule, not a jurisdictional flaw, and that the petitioner did not timely object to DHS’s misstep.

AG Barr trying to redefine criminal relief and what is a conviction.

On May 28, 2019, the Attorney General (AG) certified to himself two cases, Matter of Thomas and Matter of Thompson. 27 I&N Dec. 556 (A.G. 2019). The AG has asked the parties and interested amici to “address whether, and under what circumstances, judicial alteration of a criminal conviction or sentence-whether labeled ‘vacatur,’ ‘modification,’ ‘clarification,’ or some other term-should be taken into consideration in determining the immigration consequences of the conviction.” This seems to relate to the BIA’s decisions in Matter of Pickering, 23 I&N Dec. 621 (BIA 2003) (relating to vacatur of convictions), Matter of Cota, 23 I&N Dec. 849 (BIA 2005) (relating to sentence modifications), and similar cases.

Immigration Law Firm Opens 5000 Cases

Our Law Office has been working in Immigration Law for nearly 30 years. We have just passed the opening of 5000 cases. Thus, we have helped people all over the U.S. and the world and continue to do so.

residential Memo Seeks to Deny Asylum Seekers Fundamental Human Rights

The White House released a presidential memo directing DHS and DOJ to issue regulations that would dramatically alter how asylum seekers obtain protection in the United States and dilute their rights during that process.

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