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Practice Advisory: Matter of Davey & the Categorical Approach

"This practice advisory discusses the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) decision in Matter of Davey, 26 I&N Dec. 37 (BIA 2012) and its holding that the categorical approach does not apply to the “possession of 30 grams of marijuana” exception to deportability found in 8 U.S.C. §...

Unpub. BIA Categorical Approach Victory: N.Y. Child Welfare Statute

"DHS must prove that 260.10(1) of the New York Penal Law categorically falls within the ambit of a crime of child abuse, neglect or abandonment. Although our standard in Soram is broadly interpreted, we nonetheless agree with the Immigration Judge that N.Y. Penal Law § 260.10(1) is facially...

BIA on Realistic Probability Test: Matter of Ferreira

Official Headnote: Where a State statute on its face covers a controlled substance not included in the Federal controlled substances schedules, there must be a realistic probability that the State would prosecute conduct under the statute that falls outside the generic definition of the removable offense...

Unpub. BIA Cancellation, Agg. Fel., Categorical Approach Victory in Michigan

Russell Abrutyn writes: "[Here are] two BIA decisions for a client of ours that may be of interest to your readers. The first decision is the BIA's decision reopening the Respondent's removal proceedings and the second is the BIA's decision affirming a grant of relief . The Respondent...