Hon. Jeffrey S. Chase, June 21, 2021
"On June 16, Attorney General Merrick Garland finally, mercifully vacated three decisions that formed a key part of the Trump administration’s unrelenting attack on the law of asylum.1 Matter of A-B- ...
Kaur v. Garland
"This asylum case is about changed country circumstances, including changes in personal circumstances, which are entirely outside the applicant’s control. Ravinder Kaur, an Indian national, appeals the BIA’s decision...
Stef W. Kight, Axios, June 20, 2021
"The White House is considering ending — as early as July 31 — the use of a Trump-era public health order that's let U.S. border officials quickly turn back migrant families to Mexico, Axios has...
Vanita Gupta, Associate Attorney General, June 16, 2021
"The Civil Division's Office of Immigration Litigation is responsible for defending the decisions of the Board of Immigration Appeals when they are challenged in the federal courts of...
Thamotar v. Atty. Gen.
"Visavakumar Thamotar, a Sri Lankan citizen of Tamil ethnicity, seeks review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (“BIA”) order affirming an Immigration Judge’s discretionary denial of his application...
Attorney General Decisions
The Attorney General has issued a decision in Matter of A-B- , 28 I&N Dec. 307 (A.G. 2021).
(1) Matter of A-B- , 27 I&N Dec. 316 (A.G. 2018) (“ A-B- I ”), and Matter of A-B- , 28 I&N Dec. 199 (A.G...
Randy Evans, June 16, 2021
"Zalmay Niazy, now in his 30s, is not just another of the countless foreign-born people who dream of living, working and raising families in the United States. He is a native of Afghanistan and served our nation during...
Gutierrez Acosta v. Garland (unpub.)
"Gutierrez Acosta contends that the BIA erred in two respects. First, he challenges the BIA’s decision to give dispositive effect to the IJ’s finding that legitimate, non-political reasons could...
Matter of D-G-C-, 28 I&N Dec. 297 (BIA 2021) - The mere continuation of an activity in the United States that is substantially similar to the activity from which an initial claim of past persecution is alleged and that does not significantly increase...
Leal v. Garland, unpub.
"The petition for panel rehearing is GRANTED. The opinion, 841 F. App’x 719 (5th Cir. Mar. 29, 2021) , is WITHDRAWN..."
Alam v. Garland
"Upon the vote of a majority of nonrecused active judges, it is ordered that this case be reheard en banc pursuant to Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 35(a) and Circuit Rule 35-3. The three-judge panel [2-1, Judge Collins, dissenting...
You know you have a hit on your hands when Stacey Abrams writes a cover blurb: "Required reading for an understanding of how the Trump administration wrecked the U.S. asylum system and how our humanitarian legacy can be restored."
To be honest...
TRAC, May 11, 2021
"As of the end of April 2021, a total of 8,387 individuals formerly forced to remain in Mexico under the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) have been able to enter the United States since President Biden ended this Trump-era...
Jeffrey S. Chase, Apr. 29, 2021
"In a recent blog post , I discussed the difficulty in establishing asylum based on a political opinion expressed against MS-13. In the specific case discussed, the Board of Immigration Appeals reversed the Immigration...
Jeffrey S. Chase, Apr. 22, 2021
"Today, Earth Day, Harvard Law School, Yale Law School, and the University Network for Human Rights released an important White Paper on the issue of climate displacement and its intersection with U.S. immigration...