Immigration Law

CA9 on SIJ Relief: C.J.L.G. v. Barr (En Banc)

C.J.L.G. v. Barr

"A gang held 14-year-old C.J.L.G. (“CJ”) at gunpoint in his native Honduras and threatened to kill his family after he rejected recruitment attempts. CJ and his mother Maria then fled their homeland and sought asylum in the United States. Although finding CJ credible, an immigration judge (“IJ”) denied his request for asylum and ordered him removed. The Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) dismissed CJ’s appeal. CJ petitions for review, arguing, among other things, that the IJ erred by failing to recognize he was an at-risk child potentially eligible for relief as a Special Immigrant Juvenile (“SIJ”) and to so advise him. Because we conclude that the IJ erroneously failed to advise CJ about his eligibility for SIJ status, we grant the petition."

[Hats off to the ACLU and amici!]