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CA9 on Credibility, Notice, Evidence: Zhi v. Holder

"Petitioner Ai Jun Zhi, a Chinese citizen, petitions for review of the denial of his application for asylum and withholding of removal. As we explain below, one of the bases for the immigration judge’s (“IJ”) adverse credibility determination is not supported by substantial evidence...

CA7 on Belarus, Evidence: Sobaleva v. Holder

"We conclude that two significant flaws in the decisions of both the immigration judge and the Board require that the petition be granted and the case remanded for further consideration. First, the judge and the Board applied the wrong legal standard to conclude that Sobaleva was not persecuted...

CA1 on Evidence, TPS, El Salvador: Shul-Navarro v. Holder

"In short, both the Immigration Judge and the Board failed to explain adequately the only finding they expressly made in considering Shul's application for temporary protected status: that Shul failed to provide "reliable" information that he was even "in" the United States...

CA11 on 'Reasoned Consideration' of Evidence: Gaksakuman v. U.S. Attorney General

"Gaksakuman argues that the Board erred when it denied his application for asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the Convention based on his membership in the social group of “failed asylum seekers.” The Immigration Clinic of the University of Miami School of Law, as amicus...

CA2 on Evidence: Urgen v. Holder

"Petitioner contends that his testimony and evidence were sufficient to establish that he is a stateless Tibetan born in Nepal. Because the Board of Immigration Appeals erroneously required Petitioner to prove his nationality through documentary evidence alone, we VACATE and REMAND the Board of...

BIA on Use of I-9 in Removal Proceedings: Matter of Bett

Official Headnote: A Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) is admissible in immigration proceedings to support charges of removability against an alien and to determine his or her eligibility for relief from removal. - Matter of Bett, 26 I&N Dec. 437 (BIA 2014) .

CA9 on Kenya, Evidence, Confidentiality, Authentication: Owino II

"... Owino petitioned for review and we granted the petition. Owino v. Holder , 575 F.3d 956 (9th Cir. 2009) (per curiam). ... The BIA dismissed Owino’s appeal on April 23, 2012. It affirmed the IJ’s denial of Owino’s motion to admit additional evidence, reasoning that Owino had...

CA9 on Evidence, CIMT: Vargas Cervantes v. Holder (upholding Rotimi)

"We hold that although the BIA correctly determined that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 422 was for a CIMT and that Vargas is ineligible for an extreme hardship waiver, the BIA erred in concluding that Vargas’s conviction under California Penal Code § 273...

CA6 on Asylum, Rwanda, Evidence, MTR: Uwineza v. Holder (unpub.)

"Uwineza argues that the BIA’s decision is without rational explanation, citing Yo Yun Zhang v. Holder, 702 F.3d 878, 881-82 (6th Cir. 2012), which held that the BIA cannot refuse to credit evidence on the grounds that it is unsworn or written in support of a petitioner’s case, in the...

CA7 on Corroboration, Asylum, Zimbabwe: Sibanda v. Holder

"After fleeing from her native Zimbabwe to the United States, Lucy Sibanda applied for asylum and other relief from removal. She fears that if she is repatriated, her brother‐in‐law will exercise his rights under a tribal custom that deems her, his brother’s widow, his property and will attempt...

CA6 on Asylum, Rwanda, Evidence, MTR: Uwineza v. Holder

"Uwineza argues that the BIA’s decision is without rational explanation, citing Yo Yun Zhang v. Holder, 702 F.3d 878, 881-82 (6th Cir. 2012), which held that the BIA cannot refuse to credit evidence on the grounds that it is unsworn or written in support of a petitioner’s case, in the...

CA7 on Evidence, Ineffective Assistance: Chen v. Holder

"Where, as here, the Board ignores a potentially meritorious argument when deciding a motion to reopen, it abuses its discretion. ... Thus, the petition for review is granted. The Board should determine if Chen’s attorneys incompetently neglected to offer evidence and arguments that might...

CA2 on Evidence, Credibility: Ahmed v. Lynch

"We are unable to meaningfully review the agency’s removability determination due to the BIA’s failure to consider material evidence—namely, Ahmed’s 1994 marriage certificate. ... The BIA makes no mention of Ahmed’s 1994 marriage certificate. Given that the removability...

CA7 on Due Process, Evidence, Witness Cross-Examination: Karroumeh v. Lynch

Karroumeh v. Lynch, Apr. 29, 2016 - "Mohsen Karroumeh petitions for review of a final order of removal issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA” or “Board”). The Board determined that Karroumeh was removable because he entered into a sham marriage for immigration...

CA8 on Evidence of Admission, Departure: Rodriguez-Quiroz v. Lynch

Rodriguez-Quiroz v. Lynch, Aug. 31, 2016 - "Francisco Rodriguez-Quiroz, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with being subject to removal as an alien present in the United States without inspection and without admission or parole. Following a total of twelve hearings spread over a period...

BIA on Bosnian War, Persecutor Bar, Evidence, Burden of Proof: Matter of M-B-C-, 27 I&N Dec. 31 (BIA 2017)

Matter of M-B-C-, 27 I&N Dec. 31 (BIA 2017) - Where the record contains some evidence from which a reasonable factfinder could conclude that one or more grounds for mandatory denial of an application for relief may apply, the alien bears the burden under 8 C.F.R. § 1240.8(d) (2016) to prove...

CA1 on Asylum, Internal Relocation, Evidence: García-Cruz v. Sessions

García-Cruz v. Sessions, May 26, 2017 - "There is significant evidence in the record supporting a conclusion that relocation would be unreasonable. But García-Cruz has understandably focused on the BIA's failure to properly analyze the reasonableness factors, rather than whether...

CA9 on CAT, Ethiopia, Evidence: Agonafer v. Sessions

Agonafer v. Sessions, June 23, 2017 - "[T]he BIA abused its discretion by disregarding or discrediting the undisputed new evidence submitted by Agonafer regarding increased violence toward homosexuals in Ethiopia, including reports of violence by both the government and private citizens. Therefore...

CA8 on Evidence, Due Process: Patel v. Sessions

Patel v. Sessions, Aug. 22, 2017 - "We conclude that the BIA erred in affirming the IJ’s admission of Nilesh’s affidavit and the USCIS report without granting Patel’s request for a subpoena or otherwise providing Patel the opportunity to cross-examine Nilesh. This error was prejudicial...

BIA on Proving Familial Relationships for Visa Petitions: Matter of Rehman, 21 I&N Dec. 124 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Rehman, 21 I&N Dec. 124 (BIA 2017) - Where a petitioner seeking to prove a familial relationship submits a birth certificate that was not registered contemporaneously with the birth, an adjudicator must consider the birth certificate, as well as all the other evidence of record and the...

CA1 on Evidence: Aguilar-Escoto v. Sessions

Aguilar-Escoto v. Sessions, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Petitioner Irma Aguilar-Escoto, a native and citizen of Honduras, asks us to vacate a Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA" or "Board") order rejecting her claim for withholding of removal. Aguilar's application for relief was predicated...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Insists IJ Follow the Law (Nov. 6, 2017)

Humza Kazmi writes: "Our client brought an asylum claim, through another attorney. The Immigration Judge found that our client was credible, but hadn't provided sufficient corroborative evidence for part of his claim (membership in a particular organization). The attorney told the IJ that there...

Mixed Reaction to New Wa. Evidence Rule re Immigration Status in Civil, Criminal Trials

Evan Bush, Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017 - "Last Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ... approved a rule that makes evidence about a person’s immigration status “generally inadmissible” in civil and criminal courts statewide unless lawyers establish a compelling reason to raise the...

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...

Unpub. BIA Remand: Evidence, Fact-Finding, Testimony (Feb. 7, 2018)

Matter of X-, Feb. 7, 2018, unpublished - "[W]e agree with the respondent's contention that in denying his motion to reopen, the Immigration Judge erroneously denied him the opportunity to testify regarding the amount of monetary loss involved in his crime. ... we will remand the record for...