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Sentencing in slavery case: 140 months in prison, denaturalization, deportation

Georgia Woman Sentenced to 140 Months in Prison for Human Trafficking of Two Young Women from Nigeria Bidemi Bello Also Loses Her U.S. Citizenship ATLANTA- Bidemi Bello, 42, formerly of Suwanee, Ga., was sentenced today in Atlanta by U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. on human...

Another Slavery Conviction

"A Micronesian couple who now reside in the Seattle-area were sentenced Wednesday for their role in a forced labor scheme uncovered in an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Seattle Police Department's High...

Conviction in major H-2B visa fraud case

"A federal jury found a Brazilian woman residing in Orlando guilty of alien smuggling and conspiracy to commit alien smuggling and worker visa fraud on Monday, following an investigation that began with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations...

Matter of J. R. VELASQUEZ, ID 3739, 25 I&N Dec. 680 (BIA 2012)

Matter of J. R. VELASQUEZ, ID 3739, 25 I&N Dec. 680 (BIA 2012) - (1) The documents listed in section 240(c)(3)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1229a(c)(3)(B) (2006), and 8 C.F.R. § 1003.41(a) (2011) are admissible as evidence of a criminal conviction in immigration...

Former Massage Parlor Operator Convicted of Human Trafficking of Four Women

"A federal jury today convicted Alex Campbell, 45, a northwest Chicago suburban massage parlor owner, of various federal crimes including sex-trafficking, forced labor, harboring illegal aliens, confiscating passports to further forced labor and extortion involving four foreign women whom...

QUEENS NOTARIA SENTENCED TO 121 MONTHS IN PRISON FOR DEFRAUDING IMMIGRANTS

"Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced that CLOVER A. PEREZ was sentenced today in Manhattan federal court to 121 months in prison for defrauding clients of thousands of dollars by filing false immigration benefit applications and for using clients’...

Fourth Circuit on Conviction: Phan v. Holder

"We ... hold that because Phan’s 2002 conviction was set aside on rehabilitative grounds, USCIS properly considered it when passing on Phan’s application for naturalization. In 2002, Phan was convicted by a jury in D.C. Superior Court of distribution of cocaine in a drug-free zone. Following...

CA9 on Conviction, Finality: Planes v. Holder

Majority - "Every circuit that has given a reasoned opinion on the interpretation of “conviction” in 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(48)(A) has reached the same conclusion as the panel does here, namely, that “[t]he term ‘conviction’ means, with respect to an alien, a formal...

Door Is Open to Unfair Deportation, Judges Say

"The 9th Circuit will not convene an 11-judge panel to review the deportation of a Filipino man with a criminal record, though several judges say the current decision "inexplicably" ignores the fact that the immigrant is still appealing his sentence. "The consequence is that...

BIA on Aggravated Felony, Conviction, Recidivist Enhancement: Matter of Cuellar-Gomez

Matter of Cuellar-Gomez, ID 3760, 25 I&N Dec. 850 (BIA 2012) - (1) A formal judgment of guilt of an alien entered by a municipal court is a “conviction” under section 101(a)(48)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(48)(A) (2006), if the proceedings in which...

N.D. Cal. Orders Remand to AAO: Marsh v. Napolitano (Foreign Conviction Expunged; Waiver)

"Plaintiff Jay Marsh, a United States citizen, sued the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) because it did not issue a visa or a waiver to his wife, Shiho Takeda, to permit her to enter the United States. ... The basis for the denial was Takeda's 1995 conviction for marijuana possession in...

CA2 Reverses Criminal Conviction of Immigration Lawyer: U.S. v. Gupta

"A lawyer's immigration fraud conviction has been vacated because of the trial judge's "intentional, unjustified" closure of the courtroom to the public during the entirety of voir dire. In an unusual move, the original panel at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit...

Matter of V-X-, 26 I&N Dec. 147 (BIA 2013)

(1) A grant of asylum is not an “admission” to the United States under section 101(a)(13)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(13)(A) (2006). (2) When termination of an alien’s asylum status occurs in conjunction with removal proceedings pursuant to...

CA3 on Conviction, Finality, Ozkok:Orabi v. Atty. Gen.

"We are therefore convinced that the principle announced and held in Ozkok – that “a conviction does not attain a sufficient degree of finality for immigration purposes until direct appellate review of the conviction has been exhausted or waived” – is “is alive and...

The Immigration Consequences of Expunged Convictions: Rodriguez v. Tenn.

"The petitioner, a Mexican citizen, entered a guilty plea to the misdemeanor charge of patronizing prostitution and was granted judicial diversion. After successfully completing his diversion, the petitioner’s criminal record was expunged. More than three years after the entry of his plea...