Immigration Law

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CA4 on Asylum, Changed Circumstances - Romero Zambrano v. Sessions
Posted on 6 Dec 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Romero Zambrano v. Sessions, Dec. 5, 2017 - "This Court agrees with the logic of the Ninth, Second, and Sixth circuits. New facts that provide additional support for a pre-existing asylum claim can constitute a changed circumstance. These facts may... Read More

CA4 on Honduras, MS-13, Nexus - Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions
Posted on 19 Feb 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Salgado-Sosa v. Sessions, Feb. 13, 2018 - "Reynaldo Salgado-Sosa, a native and citizen of Honduras, seeks asylum, withholding of removal, and protection under the Convention Against Torture. If he is returned to Honduras, he fears, he will face persecution... Read More

Two Big Asylum Cases at 4th Circuit This Week
Posted on 29 Oct 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"This week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the federal appellate court which sets federal law in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the Carolinas, will hear two cases regarding U.S. asylum law. In Temu v. Holder and Martinez... Read More

CA4 on Asylum, El Salvador, MS-13, Mara 18: Aquino Cordova v. Holder
Posted on 18 Jul 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Aquino offered evidence that MS-13 subsequently killed his cousin, Vidal, and had previously killed his uncle, both of whom were members of Mara 18. We cannot agree with the Government’s characterization of this evidence as describing nothing... Read More

CA4 on Social Group, El Salvador: Hernandez-Avalos v. Lynch
Posted on 1 May 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Maydai Hernandez-Avalos, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of a final order of removal entered by the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). For the reasons that follow, we grant Hernandez’s petition for review, vacate... Read More

CA4 on Credibility: Ilunga v. Holder (BIA 'manifests a basic misunderstanding of the human condition')
Posted on 28 Jan 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Faustin Mukadi Ilunga, a citizen of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, appeals the denial of his application for asylum and protection under the Convention Against Torture (“CAT”). We hold that the rejection of Ilunga’s asylum... Read More

CA4 on China, One-Child Policy: Chen v. Holder
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"For the foregoing reasons, we grant the petition for review as it relates to the BIA’s denial of asylum and withholding of removal based on the petitioners’ fear of being subjected to involuntary sterilization under China’s one... Read More