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Immigration Law

CA8 on "Realistic Probability" - Lopez Gonzalez v. Wilkinson

Lopez Gonzalez v. Wilkinson

"The question in this case is whether the categorical approach requires a petitioner seeking cancellation of removal to demonstrate both that the state offense he was convicted of is broader than the federal offense and that there is a realistic probability that the state actually prosecutes people for the conduct that makes the state offense broader than the federal offense. We conclude that it does not. ... Because the BIA’s decision relied on a misinterpretation of the realistic probability inquiry, we grant the petition for review, vacate, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this opinion."

[Hats off to Jamie Arango!]