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CA1 on U Visa Waitlist: Granados Benitez v. Wilkinson

January 29, 2021 (1 min read)

Granados Benitez v. Wilkinson

"Petitioner Carlos Antonio Granados Benitez seeks review of the Board of Immigration Appeals' ("BIA" or "Board") denial of his motion to reopen his removal proceedings and to remand to the immigration judge ("IJ") for further consideration in light of the fact that he had been placed on a waiting list by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") for a U-1 nonimmigrant visa ("U visa") pursuant to the Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act ("VTVPA"), Pub. L. No. 106-386, § 1513(a)(2)(A), (b), 114 Stat. 1464 (2000) (codified as amended at 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(U)). Because we find that the BIA abused its discretion, in that it failed to render a reasoned decision that accords with its own precedent and policies, and it further failed to consider the position of its sister agency Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE"), we grant the petition. In so holding we join the views of the Seventh Circuit in Guerra Rocha v. Barr, 951 F.3d 848, 852- 54 (7th Cir. 2020)."

[Hats off to Paige Austin, with whom Philip L. Torrey, Make the Road New York, and the Harvard Law School Crimmigration Clinic were on brief, for petitioner, and Brian D. Straw, Gregory E. Ostfeld, and Greenberg Traurig, LLP on brief for ASISTA Immigration Assistance, Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence, National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Network to End Domestic Violence, Safe Horizon, and Tahirih Justice Center, amici curiae!]