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BIA Distinguishes Pereira and Dismisses Respondent’s Appeal

The BIA found that a notice to appear that doesn’t specify the time and place of an individual’s initial removal hearing vests an immigration judge with jurisdiction over the removal proceedings and meets the requirements of INA §239(a), so long as a notice of hearing specifying this information is later sent to the individual.

Court Rules that M‑E‑V‑G‑’s “Particular Social Group” Test Is Entitled to Chevron Deference

The Third Circuit denied the petition for review and accepted the immigration judge and BIA’s determination that “immediate family members of Honduran women unable to leave a domestic relationship” is not a legally cognizable particular social group.

Court Considers Both Charging Document and Statute in Aggravated Felony Analysis

Declining to review the BIA’s denial of the cancellation application, the Ninth Circuit ruled that the petitioner’s guilty plea to the charge of violating a Washington state child assault statute “with sexual motivation” brings the conviction within the definition of the federal offense of sexual abuse of a minor.

Court Vacates BIA Ruling That IJ Was Without Authority to Grant a Waiver of Inadmissibility

The Eleventh Circuit granted the petition for review and found the BIA erred in concluding that immigration judges (IJs) cannot have concurrent jurisdiction over a waiver of inadmissibility for U visa applicants, stating the BIA did not address or analyze the plain meaning of INA §212(d)(3).

BIA Finds Wisconsin Prostitution Statute Is Categorically an Aggravated Felony

The BIA sustained DHS’s appeal and reinstated removal proceedings, after finding that INA §101(a)(43)(K)(i) encompassed offenses related to the operation of a business that involves engaging in, or agreeing to engage in, sexual conduct for anything of value.1:42 AM

Court Holds BIA’s Interpretation of Physical Presence Requirement for NACARA Cancellation to Be Reasonable

The Ninth Circuit held that the BIA’s interpretation of the 10-year physical presence requirement for NACARA cancellation of removal for applicants inadmissible on certain criminal grounds as running from the most recent disqualifying conviction was reasonable.1:39 AM

Court Finds BIA Erred in Requiring Asylum Petitioner to Prove Past Persecution and in Recharacterizing Her Social Group

The Fifth Circuit held that the BIA erred both in requiring the asylum petitioner to prove past persecution to establish a claim based on a well-founded fear of future persecution and in recharacterizing the petitioner’s claimed social group.
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