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Victory in Bolivian Gay Asylum Case - Arlington Immigration Court

Jan Pederson writes : "Immigration Judge John Bryant of the Arlington Immigration Court today [Apr. 27, 2012] granted political asylum to a gay Bolivian who filed his asylum application almost ten years after entry. The Court found that the applicant’s serious and continuing PTSD, depression...

Arlington, VA Immigration Court Relocates

" The Executive Office for Immigration Review today announced it will close its Arlington Immigration Court at noon on Sept. 12, 2012, to prepare for relocation. The Arlington Immigration Court will recommence hearings at the new location on Sept. 18, 2012. Contact information for the new location...

Somali CAT Victory in Arlington Immigration Court

Hassan Ahmad writes: "We would like to share a CAT victory won for a Somali national . Judge Harris of the Arlington, VA Immigration Court agreed with our argument that a young, Americanized male of Somali origin would be subjected to torture within the meaning of the Convention either at the hands...

Immigrant Students Seek In-State Tuition in Virginia

"Giancarla Rojas is not an American citizen, but she has an American dream. The Falls Church resident, whose parents brought her here illegally from Bolivia as a child, has worked doggedly to become the first in her family to attend a four-year college. She won a reprieve to stay in this country...

Immigration Judges Have 7 Minutes to Make Life-Changing Decisions

"His courtroom rarely came to order, and by now the judge had decided it was a waste of time to try. Interpreters explained legalese in three languages. Adults squeezed into crowded seats while children crouched in the center aisle. A court official stood near the doorway and worried about the building’s...

Sua Sponte Reopening Victory in DV Case; Venue Change

"In her motion to reopen, the respondent has provided evidence that she suffered physical, mental, and sexual abuse in EI Salvador at the hands of family members when she was very young, and similar abuse later in her life at the hands of a man she calls her common law husband. In light of recent...