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Unpub. CA10 Habeas / Jurisdiction Victory: Musau v. Carlson

"On appeal, Mr. Musau reiterates that he has no means, other than his petition for a writ of habeas corpus, by which to enforce his rights under the CATOC. He appears to be correct, at least at present, insofar as immigration tribunals are concerned. IJs and the BIA have no authority to grant any...

CA8 on Past Persecution, GMC: Flores v. Holder

"Reviewing the BIA's opinion, it is unclear why the BIA upheld the IJ's finding that Flores did not suffer past persecution. ... Remand is also necessary because if the BIA is upholding the IJ's apparent adoption of a blanket rule that past persecution to family members can never be...

CA9 on 'Particularly Serious Crime' - Alphonsus v. Holder

"Anthony Aloysius Alphonsus petitions for review of a BIA decision ordering him removed to his native Bangladesh. The BIA affirmed the immigration judge’s (“IJ”) determination that Alphonsus is ineligible for withholding of removal and withholding under the Convention Against Torture...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Victory: Honduras, Social Group

"Since the time of the respondent's hearing, the Board has issued several decisions addressing the issue of particular social group. See Matter of M-E-V-G-, 26 I&N Dec. 227 (BIA 2014), and Matter of W-G-R-, 26 I&N Dec. 208 (BIA 2014) (clarifying what is required to establish a particular...

CA5 on Cancellation, 'Admitted in Any Status' - Tula-Rubio v. Lynch

"Tula-Rubio contends that he satisfies the seven-year continuous-residency requirement of the second element because he was waved through a border crossing in 1992, while the Government argues that the Board correctly held that this entry into the country was insufficient to satisfy § 1229b...

Unpub. BIA Waiver Victory: Matter of M-S- (Feb. 9, 2017)

Matthew L. Hoppock writes: "This is a case where our client had an old conviction that was an Aggravated Felony and a crime involving moral turpitude, but was waivable under INA 212(c). He also a conviction that was too recent to be waived under INA 212(c). The DHS charged him with removability...