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CA1 on Realistic Probability: Portillo v. DHS

May 31, 2023 (1 min read)

Portillo v. DHS

"Gerardo A. Portillo petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") affirming his order of removal and denying his application for adjustment of status. Because we find that a conviction under Massachusetts General Laws ("MGL") ch. 269, § 11C is not categorically a firearm offense as defined by 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(C), we grant the petition for review, vacate the decision below, and remand for further proceedings. ... Accordingly, without resorting to "legal imagination," we conclude that MGL ch. 269, § 11C sweeps more broadly than the federal offense, and Portillo need not produce an actual case to demonstrate that overbreadth. ... For the reasons stated above, we grant the petition for review, vacate the BIA's opinion, and remand for further proceedings consistent with this decision."

[Hats off to Jennifer Klein, Susan Brooks Church and Kathleen Marie Gillespie!  Audio of the oral argument here.]