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Court Remands to BIA to Apply Correct Standard of Review on Good-Faith Marriage Question

The Second Circuit found the BIA erred in applying the clear-error standard of review, instead of de novo, to the immigration judge’s denial of the petitioner’s application for a good-faith marriage waiver. The court also held the petitioner abandoned his abuse of discretion claim on the Motion to Reopen denial because he failed to adequately argue it in his brief.

BIA Finds Respondent Provided Insufficient Evidence He Would Be “Tortured” in a Mexican Institution

The BIA dismissed the appeal and upheld the immigration judge’s determination that the respondent did not show eligibility for protection under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) based on the conditions of mental health facilities in Mexico.

BIA Dismisses Appeal and Denies Adjustment After Ex-Spouse Withdrew Affidavit of Support

The BIA dismissed the appeal and found respondent was inadmissible due to her likelihood of becoming a public charge, stating that even though the respondent divorced, she was required to provide an affidavit of support from her former husband.

BIA Dismisses Respondent’s Appeal and Discusses §18.5 of the California Penal Code

The BIA found that the amendment to §18.5 of the California Penal Code, which retroactively lowered the maximum possible sentence that could have been imposed for a foreign national’s state offense from 365 days to 364 days, does not affect the applicability of INA §237(a)(2)(A)(i)(II) to a past conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude “for which a sentence of one year or longer may be imposed.”

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 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

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.
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