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Unpub. BIA Humanitarian Asylum Victory

"[W]e find that the respondent has established compelling reasons for being unwilling or unable to return to the Peru arising out of the severity of the past persecution. 8 C.F .R. § 1208.13 (b )(1 )(iii)( A). ... the respondent has severe and well-documented mental health issues including...

CA9 on Right to Counsel: Montes-Lopez v. Holder

"Petitioner Mario Montes-Lopez, a native and citizen of El Salvador, petitions for review of an order of removal. Petitioner’s attorney failed to appear at a scheduled merits hearing before an Immigration Judge (“IJ”) because his license to practice law had been temporarily suspended...

Unpub. BIA Remand: CIMT, 212(c)

"On July 26,2012, the Board requested supplemental briefing as to whether, in light of Pannu v. Holder, 639 F.3d 1225 (9th Cir. 2011), the respondent's conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, CAL. PENAL CODE § 290(g)(2) (2001), was a crime involving moral turpitude. ... we...

Feds Seek Deportation of Former DEA Informant; CA9 Oral Argument on Dec. 4, 2012.

"On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice will try to persuade a federal court that a former informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) should be deported to Peru, despite the danger awaiting her there. ... In April 2006, an immigration judge granted Ms. Pinhas...

ICE Refuses to Release 60-Year-Old Asylum Seeker

Lumpkin, Georgia and Daly City, California, January 6, 2014 – "The Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have refused to release 60-year-old Honduran asylum-seeker, Miguel Paz, from immigration custody. Mr. Paz’s attorneys are appealing the decision today."

Another Natz. Certificate Correction Victory: Bazouzi v. Johnson

Sarah Castello writes: "Judge Tigar in the Northern District of California issued this great decision a couple of weeks ago, denying OIL's motion to dismiss and granting Mrs. Bazouzi's petition to change the date on her Naturalization Certificate. OIL's motion argued that Federal Rule...