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BIA Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-26 - ATTEMPT TO TRANSPORT A NARCOTIC DRUG FOR SALE

BIA, Jan. 26, 2017 - "Amicus Invitation No. 17-01-26 AMICUS INVITATION (ATTEMPT TO TRANSPORT A NARCOTIC DRUG FOR SALE), DUE FEBRUARY 27, 2017 JANUARY 26, 2017 The Board of Immigration Appeals welcomes interested members of the public to file amicus curiae briefs discussing the below issue...

BIA Amicus Invitation - Protected Class of Victims (Due Mar. 6, 2017)

BIA, Feb. 2, 2017 - "Amicus Invitation No. 17-02-02 AMICUS INVITATION (PROTECTED CLASS OF VICTIMS), DUE MARCH 6, 2017 FEBRUARY 2, 2017 The Board of Immigration Appeals welcomes interested members of the public to file amicus curiae briefs discussing the below issue: ISSUE PRESENTED:...

CA10 on CIMT: Flores-Molina v. Sessions

Flores-Molina v. Sessions, Mar. 7, 2017 - "Francisco Flores-Molina is an undocumented alien subject to removal from the United States. An immigration judge determined he is ineligible for cancellation of removal because he has been convicted of a “crime involving moral turpitude.” The...

CA3 on Modified Categorical Approach, CIMT: Chavez-Alvarez II

Chavez-Alvarez v. Atty. Gen., Mar. 9, 2017 - "In the simplest of terms, the BIA reasoned that the President — through his delegated authority to define punishments for those who commit military crimes — essentially could create the definition of those crimes himself. He cannot, as the...

BIA Amicus Brief Filed: Misprision of a Felony is Not a CIMT

AILA, NIJC, IDP, NACDL and the Univ. of Houston Law Center Immigration Clinic filed this amicus brief with the BIA on Mar. 8, 2017.

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017) - (1) A sexual offense in violation of a statute enacted to protect children is a crime involving moral turpitude where the victim is particularly young — that is, under 14 years of age — or is under 16 and the age differential between...

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Wu, 27 I&N Dec. 8 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Wu, 27 I&N Dec. 8 (BIA 2017) - Assault with a deadly weapon or force likely to produce great bodily injury under California law is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Ceron v. Holder, 747 F.3d 773 (9th Cir. 2014) (en banc), distinguished.

CA9 on CIMT - Ramirez-Contreras v. Sessions

Ramirez-Contreras v. Sessions - "California’s Vehicle Code § 2800.2 is not categorically a crime of moral turpitude, and thus, Petitioner is not statutorily ineligible for cancellation of removal. Petition GRANTED." [Hats off to Angelica Navarro Sigala!]

BIA Amicus Brief Invitation: Modified Categorical Approach & CIMTs

Amicus Invitation No. 17-06-12 AMICUS INVITATION (MODIFIED CATEGORICAL APPROACH & CIMTS) DUE [JULY 12, 2017] JUNE 12, 2017 The Board of Immigration Appeals welcomes interested members of the public to file amicus curiae briefs discussing the below issue(s): ISSUE(S) PRESENTED: (1) Is...

CA1 on CIMT: Coelho v. Sessions

Coelho v. Sessions, July 24, 2017 - "This appeal presents the question of whether the Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA") committed reversible error when it held that the Massachusetts crime of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon ("ABDW"), in violation of Mass. Gen....

CA3 on CIMT: Ildefonso-Candelario v. Atty. Gen.

Ildefonso-Candelario v. Atty. Gen. - "Section 5101, the Pennsylvania statute at issue, provides: A person commits a misdemeanor of the second degree if he intentionally obstructs, impairs or perverts the administration of law or other governmental function by force, violence, physical interference...

CA9 on CIMT, 237(a)(2); Matter of Cortez Canales Rejected: Lozano-Arredondo II

Lozano-Arredondo v. Sessions, Aug. 8, 2017 - "Jose Guadalupe Lozano-Arredondo was denied cancellation of removal based on his conviction for petit theft in the State of Idaho. The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) concluded he was ineligible for cancellation because this conviction qualified as...

Matter of J-G-D-F-, 27 I&N Dec. 82 (BIA 2017)

Matter of J-G-D-F-, 27 I&N Dec. 82 (BIA 2017) - Burglary of a dwelling in violation of section 164.225 of the Oregon Revised Statutes is a crime involving moral turpitude, even though the statute does not require that a person be present at the time of the offense, provided that the dwelling is at...

Unpub. BIA 2 CIMT Victory: Matter of Lopez Leal

Houston superstar (and former AILA President) Peter Williamson shared this recent unpublished BIA victory . "[W]e conclude that the 2013 conviction for simple assault is not categorically a CIMT and the DHS has not established removability based on two CIMTs. Therefore, termination was proper."

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Tavdidishvili, 27 I&N Dec. 142 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Tavdidishvili, 27 I&N Dec. 142 (BIA 2017) - Criminally negligent homicide in violation of section 125.10 of the New York Penal Law is categorically not a crime involving moral turpitude, because it does not require that a perpetrator have a sufficiently culpable mental state. [Hats off...

Unpub. BIA CIMT Victory re 18 USC 491, Mens Rea, 'Reason to Believe' - (Oct. 30, 2017)

David Isaacson writes: "[Here is] a recent unpublished BIA decision I thought your readers might find interesting, in which the BIA held that our client’s 1999 conviction under 18 USC 491, Tokens or Paper Used as Money, did not render him inadmissible as a returning Lawful Permanent Resident...

CA10 on CIMT, Burden of Proof: Lucio-Rayos v. Sessions

Lucio-Rayos v. Sessions, Nov. 14, 2017 - "The question presented in this petition for review is whether Petitioner Juan Alberto Lucio-Rayos’s municipal theft conviction qualifies as a crime involving moral turpitude (“CIMT”), which would make him ineligible for cancellation of...

Unpub. BIA CIMT Termination Victory (Dec. 6, 2017)

"On de novo review, we are not persuaded by the DHS's appellate arguments to disturb the Immigration Judge's decision to terminate these removal proceedings. We agree with the Immigration Judge's conclusion, as set forth in his well-reasoned decision, that applying the precedent decisions...

Unpub. BIA CIMT Termination Victory; Mens Rea, Divisibililty - TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. § 62.102

Matter of X-, Jan. 5, 2018, unpub. - "[W]e conclude that the respondent's conviction for Failure to Comply with Registration Requirements does not constitute a conviction for a crime involving moral turpitude. ... Given the mental state which is simply "read into" the statute, the...

BIA on CIMT: Matter of Mendez, 27 I&N Dec. 219 (BIA 2018)

Matter of Mendez, 27 I&N Dec. 219 (BIA 2018) - Misprision of felony in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 4 (2006) is categorically a crime involving moral turpitude. Matter of Robles, 24 I&N Dec. 22 (BIA 2006), reaffirmed. Robles-Urrea v. Holder, 678 F.3d 702 (9th Cir. 2012), followed in jurisdiction...

Unpub. BIA CIMT Victory: Matter of K-K-R- (Mar. 9, 2018)

Matter of K-K-R- (Mar. 9, 2018, unpub.) - "The only issue on appeal is whether Minn. Stat. § 609.713, subd. 1, is a CIMT. We agree with the Immigration Judge that Avendano v. Holder is not dispositive. The Immigration Judge correctly observed that the majority in Avendano v. Holder ''...

CA10 on CIMT: Mungia-Baeza v. Sessions

Mungia-Baeza v. Sessions - "Mr. Munguia-Baeza was not convicted under the theft statute. Instead, he was convicted of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft under Colo. Rev. Stat. § 18-4-409. Unlike the theft statute, Mr. Munguia-Baeza’s statute of conviction does not require a specific...

CA4 Vacates Matter of Jimenez-Cedillo, 27 I&N Dec. 1 (BIA 2017)

Jimenez-Cedillo v. Sessions - "Pedro Josue Jimenez-Cedillo, a native and citizen of Mexico, was ordered removed from the United States after the Board of Immigration Appeals determined that sexual solicitation of a minor in Maryland, to which Jimenez-Cedillo pled guilty, is a crime involving moral...

CA9 on CIMT, Retroactivity - Garcia-Martinez v. Sessions

Garcia-Martinez v. Sessions "Perhaps the BIA slumbered for many decades while other authorities were wisely updating the law so that theft offenses would net individuals other than those who intended to literally permanently deprive others of their property, although some of the BIA’s umbrageous...

CA4 on CIMT: Ramirez v. Sessions

Ramirez v. Sessions - "Jose Ramirez seeks review of the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) finding him ineligible for special rule cancellation of removal under the Nicaraguan Adjustment and Central American Relief Act (NACARA). Specifically, the question is whether Ramirez’s...