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CA9 on Defective NTA, Jurisdiction: Suate-Orellana v. Garland

May 07, 2024 (1 min read)

Suate-Orellana v. Garland

"Although the IJ and BIA addressed her argument that her NTA was deficient on the merits, the legal landscape has changed significantly since the BIA’s decision dismissing her appeal. See, e.g., Niz-Chavez v. Garland, 593 U.S. 155, 171–72 (2021); United States v. Bastide-Hernandez, 39 F.4th 1187, 1193 n.9 (9th Cir. 2022), cert. denied, 143 S. Ct. 755 (2023); Matter of Fernandes, 28 I. & N. Dec. 605, 616 (B.I.A. 2022). We therefore grant and remand Suate-Orellana’s petition so that the BIA may reconsider the merits of her claim in light of these intervening authorities. ... We therefore remand the case to the BIA to reconsider the merits of Suate-Orellana’s claim that her NTA was statutorily deficient in light of Niz-Chavez, 593 U.S. at 171–72, Bastide-Hernandez, 39 F.4th at 1193 n.9, and Matter of Fernandes, 28 I. & N. Dec. at 616. PETITION GRANTED AND REMANDED."

[This PFR was filed in 2019!  Hats way off to Jessica Rofé, Naomi Sunshine, Kristin Macleod-Ball and Trina Realmuto!  Audio of oral argument here; video here.]