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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.

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