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Drug Trafficking found to be particularly serious crime

  1. The Fourth Circuit upheld the BIA and the IJ’s determination that the petitioner’s aggravated felony conviction for a drug trafficking crime, for which the petitioner received a sentence of five years’ imprisonment, was per se a particularly serious crime under INA §241(b)(3)(B). The court thus found that the petitioner was ineligible for withholding of removal.

No matter what is your crime, we can try to show why it is not categorically a crime of violence

The Ninth Circuit reversed the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of the petitioner’s applications for withholding of removal and Convention Against Torture (CAT) relief, holding that the Board erred in finding that the petitioner’s California conviction for voluntary manslaughter constituted a categorical “crime of violence” and a per se “particularly serious crime.” The court also reversed the Board’s denial of the petitioner’s claim for deferral of removal under CAT, and remanded for the Board to consider the aggregate risk of torture arising from the petitioner’s family affiliation together with the risk arising from his status as a criminal deportee.

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