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CA5 on Terrorist Activity Asylum/AOS Bar: Amrollah v. Napolitano

"The government denied Amrollah’s application for permanent resident status after it concluded that Amrollah had engaged in terrorist activity under 8 U.S.C. § 1182(a)(3)(B)(iv)(VI)(dd) (2010) by providing material support to a Tier III terrorist organization or the member of such an...

Constitutional (Equal Protection) Citizenship Victory in Texas: Villegas-Sarabia v. Johnson

"After careful consideration of the Petition and the memoranda supporting and opposing the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, the Court, for the reasons that follow, GRANTS IN PART AND DENIES IN PART the Government’s Motion to Dismiss, DECLARES that the physical presence requirements under...

CA6 on APA Finality: Hosseini v. Johnson

Hosseini v. Johnson, June 17, 2016 - "Appellant Mehrdad Hosseini (“Hosseini”) appeals the district court’s dismissal of his complaint for failure to state a claim. Hosseini sought review of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service’s (“USCIS’s”...

CA5 on CAT, Mexico, Willful Blindness, Color of Law - Iruegas-Valdez v. Yates

Iruegas-Valdez v. Yates, Jan. 23, 2017 - ""[W]illful blindness” is not the only way to prove sufficient state action. The regulations specifically list a number of different avenues which the BIA failed to consider: torture occurs whenever severe physical or mental pain is “inflicted...

Texas Judge: Detainers Unconstitutional - Santoyo v. USA

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, June 8, 2017 - "The same San Antonio federal judge who will hear the lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the state’s new “sanctuary cities” law ruled earlier this week in a separate case that the Bexar County sheriff violated the...

South Texas man wonders if he’s a citizen after Supreme Court ruling

Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, July 20, 2017 - "The Supreme Court has left Leonardo Villegas’ citizenship in limbo. Things might be different if his mother had been born in Texas, like his father, but she was born and gave birth to Villegas in Mexico. The standards Congress has...