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CA8 Rejects Matter of G-G-S-: Shazi v. Wilkinson

February 11, 2021 (1 min read)

Shazi v. Wilkinson

"The BIA adopted its categorical ban on mental health evidence in Matter of G-G-S-, 26 I. & N. Dec. 339 (BIA 2014). ... [W]e join the Ninth Circuit and find the BIA’s conclusion “to be unreasonable.” ... [W]e find that the BIA’s categorical bar of consideration of mental health evidence, as contemplated in Matter of G-G-S-, is an arbitrary and capricious construction of 8 U.S.C. § 1231, and we reject such a categorical evidentiary bar in the particularly serious crime analysis. ... For the foregoing reasons, we grant the petition for review for further consideration of Shazi’s mental health evidence in determining whether he is barred from withholding of removal based on a particularly serious crime; otherwise we deny the petition. Accordingly, we vacate and remand to the BIA for further proceedings consistent with this decision."

[Hats off to Herbert A. Igbanugo and Jason A. Nielson!]