Immigration Law

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BIA on CIMT, Cancellation: Matter of Ortega-Lopez II
Posted on 6 Aug 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Ortega-Lopez II - (1) The offense of sponsoring or exhibiting an animal in an animal fighting venture in violation of 7 U.S.C. § 2156(a)(1) (2006) is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Matter of Ortega-Lopez, 26 I&N Dec... Read More

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Mendez, 27 I&N Dec. 219 (BIA 2018)
Posted on 26 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Mendez, 27 I&N Dec. 219 (BIA 2018) - Misprision of felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4 (2006) is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Matter of Robles, 24 I&N Dec. 22 (BIA 2006), reaffirmed. Robles-Urrea v. Holder,... Read More

CA4 Vacates Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017)
Posted on 20 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jimenez-Cedillo v. Sessions - "Pedro Josue Jimenez-Cedillo, a native and citizen of Mexico, was ordered removed from the United States after the Board of Immigration Appeals determined that sexual solicitation of a minor in Maryland, to which Jimenez... Read More

Unpub. BIA CIMT Termination Victory (Dec. 6, 2017)
Posted on 18 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On de novo review, we are not persuaded by the DHS's appellate arguments to disturb the Immigration Judge's decision to terminate these removal proceedings. We agree with the Immigration Judge's conclusion, as set forth in his well-reasoned... Read More

Unpub. BIA CIMT Victory: Matter of K-K-R- (Mar. 9, 2018)
Posted on 15 Mar 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of K-K-R- (Mar. 9, 2018, unpub.) - "The only issue on appeal is whether Minn. Stat. § 609.713, subd. 1, is a CIMT. We agree with the Immigration Judge that Avendano v. Holder is not dispositive. The Immigration Judge correctly observed... Read More

Unpub. BIA CIMT Termination Victory; Mens Rea, Divisibililty - TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. § 62.102
Posted on 11 Jan 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of X-, Jan. 5, 2018, unpub. - "[W]e conclude that the respondent's conviction for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements does not constitute a conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude. ... Given the mental state which... Read More

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Tavdidishvili, 27 I&N Dec. 142 (BIA 2017)
Posted on 17 Oct 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Tavdidishvili, 27 I&N Dec. 142 (BIA 2017) - Criminally negligent homicide in violation of section 125.10 of the New York Penal Law is categorically not a crime involving moral turpitude, because it does not require that a perpetrator have... Read More

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017)
Posted on 7 Apr 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017) - (1) A sexual offense in violation of a statute enacted to protect children is a crime involving moral turpitude where the victim is particularly young — that is, under 14 years of age —... Read More

BIA on CIMT, Criminal Copyright Infringement - Matter of Zaragoza-Vaquero, 26 I&N Dec. 814 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 23 Sep 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Zaragoza-Vaquero, 26 I&N Dec. 814 (BIA 2016) - The offense of criminal copyright infringement in violation of 17 U.S.C. § 506(a)(1)(A)(2012) and 18 U.S.C. § 2319(b)(1) (2012) is a crime involving moral turpitude. Read More

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 1 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Tima, 26 I&N Dec. 839 (BIA 2016) - A fraud waiver under section 237(a)(1)(H) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(1)(H) (2012), cannot waive an alien’s removability under section 237(a)(2)(A)(i) for having... Read More

Tags: waiver , bia , Fraud , tima , turpitude

CA1 on CIMT: Coelho v. Sessions
Posted on 26 Jul 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Coelho v. Sessions, July 24, 2017 - "This appeal presents the question of whether the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") committed reversible error when it held that the Massachusetts crime of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon... Read More

Unpub. BIA CIMT Victory at Oakdale
Posted on 7 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The respondent was convicted under 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8), for the offense of Disclosure and Use of the Social Security Number of Another Person in Violation of the Laws of the United States. The statute at 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(8), criminally... Read More

BIA on CIMT, NY Petit Larceny: Matter of Obeya, 26 I&N Dec. 856 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 16 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Obeya, 26 I&N Dec. 856 (BIA 2016) - Petit larceny in violation of section 155.25 of the New York Penal Law, which requires an intent to deprive the owner of his property either permanently or under circumstances where the owner’s property... Read More

BIA on CIMT, Arizona Shoplifting: Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga, 26 I&N Dec. 847 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 16 Nov 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Diaz-Lizarraga, 26 I&N Dec. 847 (BIA 2016) - (1) A theft offense is a crime involving moral turpitude if it involves a taking or exercise of control over another’s property without consent and with an intent to deprive the owner of... Read More

BIA on CIMTs - Silva-Trevino III - 26 I&N Dec. 826 (BIA 2016)
Posted on 13 Oct 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Matter of Silva-Trevino, 26 I&N Dec. 826 (BIA 2016) Headnotes: (1) The categorical and modified categorical approaches provide the proper framework for determining whether a conviction is for a crime involving moral turpitude. (2) Unless the... Read More