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Unpub. BIA Descamps CIMT Victory in Arizona: Matter of Sainz-Rivera (unpub.)

"In this unpublished decision, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) dismissed the charge of deportability and held that Ariz. Rev. Stat. 28-1383(A)(1) — which criminalizes driving under the influence after one’s license has been suspended, canceled, revoked, refused or restricted —...

CA9 En Banc on CIMT, Categorical Approach, CPC § 245(a)(1): Ceron v. Holder

Court Staff Summary : "The en banc court granted Ruben Adolfo Ceron’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision finding that his conviction for assault with a deadly weapon other than a firearm, in violation of California Penal Code § 245(a)(1), is a categorical...

CA9 on Acquired Citizenship, Modified Categorical Approach: Ragasa v. Holder

Court staff summary: "The panel granted Crisanto Ragasa’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision finding that he did not establish United States citizenship by adoption, and that he was removable because of his Hawaii state court drug conviction. The panel...

CA4 on Divisibility: Omargharib v. Holder

"In this appeal, we consider whether Sayed Gad Omargharib’s conviction under Virginia’s grand larceny statute, Va. Code Ann. § 18.2-95, constitutes an “aggravated felony” under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) § 101, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(43). The Board...

Unpub. BIA Categorical Approach Victory: Matter of Calderon

"Upon de novo review, we conclude that a conviction under 18 PA. CONS. STAT. § 6312(d) does not qualify categorically as a conviction for an aggravated felony under section 101 (a)(43)(1) of the Act, such that it would render the respondent removable under section 237(a)(2)(A)(iii) of the Act...

CA9 on CIMT, Perjury, Divisibility: Rosales Rivera v. Lynch

Rosales Rivera v. Lynch, Mar. 10, 2016 - Court Staff Summary: "The panel granted Milton Rosales Rivera’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of cancellation of removal based on its finding that his conviction for perjury under California Penal Code §...

Attorney General Lifts Stay on Chairez, Sama

Matter of Chairez-Castrejon, Matter of Sama, 26 I&N Dec. 796 (A.G. 2016) - "By Attorney General Order No. 3583-2015 (Oct. 30, 2015), I directed the Board of Immigration Appeals (“Board”), pursuant to 8 C.F.R. § 1003.1(h)(1)(i) (2015), to refer to me the above-captioned cases...

BIA on Violation of Protective Order: Matter of Obshatko, 27 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Obshatko, 27 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2017) - Whether a violation of a protection order renders an alien removable under section 237(a)(2)(E)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(E)(ii) (2012), is not governed by the categorical approach, even if a conviction...

BIA on Categorical Approach, Divisibility: Matter of Rosa, 27 I&N Dec. 228 (BIA 2018)

Matter of Rosa, 27 I&N Dec. 228 (BIA 2018) (1) In deciding whether a State offense is punishable as a felony under the Federal Controlled Substances Act and is therefore an aggravated felony drug trafficking crime under section 101(a)(43)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. §...

CA2 on Categorical Approach, CAT - Doe v. Sessions

Doe v. Sessions, Mar. 29, 2018 - "Petitioner John Doe seeks review of an April 13, 2016 judgment of the Bureau of Immigration Appeals dismissing his appeal from an October 22, 2015 decision of an Immigration Judge ordering Doe’s removal and denying his application for deferral of removal under...

Supreme Court Opinion Analysis: Crime-Based Removal Provision is Unconstitutionally Vague - Prof. Kevin Johnson

Prof. Kevin Johnson, Apr. 17, 2018 - "In the last few years, the Supreme Court has decided a steady number of criminal-removal cases. In light of the Trump administration’s emphasis on the removal of “criminal aliens,” we will likely see even more criminal-removal cases in the...

CA4 on CIMT: Martinez v. Sessions

Prof. Maureen Sweeney writes: "Please share this published decision we got today [June 15, 2018] from the 4th Cir. http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/opinions/171301.P.pdf . It does a great job applying the categorical analysis to hold that Maryland's consolidated theft statute is overbroad as to moral...