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9th Cir. Sets BIA Straight on 'Circularity' - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 10 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Aug. 10, 2020 "On August 7, the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit dealt a blow to the Trump Administration’s attacks on domestic violence-based asylum claims. In Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr , the petitioner applied for... Read More

CA9 on Circularity, Matter of A-B-, Guatemala, Social Group: Diaz-Reynozo v. Barr
Posted on 10 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Diaz-Reynoso v. Barr "Sontos Maudilia Diaz-Reynoso, a native and citizen of Guatemala, petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (BIA) order dismissing her appeal of an Immigration Judge’s (IJ) order denying her application... Read More

CA6 Dumps Matter of A-B-: Juan Antonio v. Barr
Posted on 20 May 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Juan Antonio v. Barr "Maria Magdalena Juan Antonio, a native and citizen of Guatemala, appeals from the Board of Immigration Appeals’ (the “Board”) denial of her application for asylum and withholding of removal. In its denial... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Litigation Support in Domestic Violence Case
Posted on 23 Dec 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 23, 2019 "Since the issuance of the Attorney General’s decision in Matter of A-B- in June 2018, further guidance from the courts has been slow in coming. The case of A-B- herself remains pending at the BIA. After initially... Read More

Matter of L-E-A-: How Much Did Barr Change? - Jeffrey S. Chase
Posted on 12 Aug 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Aug. 11, 2019 "In June 2018, the Attorney General issued his precedent decision in Matter of A-B- . The AG intended his decision to lead to the denial of asylum claims based on domestic violence and gang violence by asylum officers... Read More

IJ Eileen Trujillo Recognizes “Women in Mexico” as PSG, Finds Nexus, Grants Asylum, Distinguishes A-B-
Posted on 22 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Paul W. Schmidt, Mar. 21, 2019 "JUSTICE PREVAILS AGAIN IN IMMIGRATION COURTS EVEN IN THE “POST-A-B-“ ERA — Outstanding Analysis By Judge Eileen Trujillo Of The U.S. Immigration Court In Denver, CO, Recognizes “Women In Mexico”... Read More

Cyrus Mehta: Advancing a 'Social Group Plus' Claim After Matter of A-B-
Posted on 12 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Cyrus Mehta, Mar. 9, 2019 "In Matter of A-B – , 27 I&N Dec. 227 (A.G. 2018), former Attorney General Jeff Sessions overruled a prior Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) precedent, Matter of A-R-C-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 388 (BIA 2014), which... Read More

Post-Matter of A-B- Victories
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Immigration Courtside, Jan. 17, 2019 The Hon. Paul W. Schmidt writes: "Here are two redacted “post- Matter of A-B- ” decisions from U.S.Immigration Judges correctly interpreting the law to grant relief to refugee women from Central... Read More

New Guidance to IJs and AOs pursuant to Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 14 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Karen Musalo , Bank of America Foundation Chair in International Law and Professor & Director, Center for Gender & Refugee Studies at U.C. Hastings College of the Law writes: "Following up on U.S. District Court Judge Emmet Sullivan’s... Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase on the Impact of Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 25 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, Dec. 24, 2018 - "Six months after a significant number of U.S. immigration judges cheered a decision intended to revoke the hard-earned right of domestic violence victims to asylum protection, immigration advocates had their chance... Read More

Major Victory for Asylum Seekers: Grace v. Whitaker
Posted on 19 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ACLU, Dec. 19, 2018 - "The Trump administration’s campaign to dismantle our asylum system just suffered another major setback. A federal judge in Washington, D.C., permanently blocked a June 2018 “expedited removal” policy that... Read More

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt on Winning Asylum and Saving Lives in the Era of A-B-; Seven Steps to Success
Posted on 10 Dec 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Hon. Paul W. Schmidt, Dec. 10, 2018 "NEW YORK CITY BAR, DECEMBER 4, 2018 Good evening, and thanks so much for inviting me. In the “old days,” I would have started with my comprehensive disclaimer. But, now that I’m retired,... Read More

New USCIS Memo Threatens Asylum Seekers at Border (July 11, 2018)
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 11, 2018 - "Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B-" Read More

Jeffrey S. Chase: Matter of A-B- Being Misapplied by EOIR, DHS
Posted on 14 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jeffrey S. Chase, July 13, 2018 - "One month after Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued his cruel, misguided decision in Matter of A-B- , we are seeing the first signs of how the decision is being implemented by the BIA, USCIS, and ICE. ... Read More

New USCIS Memo Threatens Asylum Seekers at Border (July 11, 2018)
Posted on 12 Jul 2018 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, July 11, 2018 - "Guidance for Processing Reasonable Fear, Credible Fear, Asylum, and Refugee Claims in Accordance with Matter of A-B-" Read More