Immigration Litigation Update

Submitted by on February 27, 2015 - 1:00am

1st Circuit

Arias-Minaya v. Holder (1st Cir. Feb. 27, 2015)

SELYA, Souter (Justice), Lynch

Summary: The First Circuit affirmed the agency’s denial of Petitioner’s request for voluntary departure.  The Court rejected...

Submitted by on February 27, 2015 - 1:00am

9th Circuit

U.S. v. Jesus Valdez-Novoa (9th Cir. , July 28, 2014; Amended Feb. 27, 2015)

BYBEE, McKeown, Gould

Summary: “The panel amended an opinion and dissent filed on July 28, 2014, in a case in which the panel affirmed a...

Submitted by on February 27, 2015 - 1:00am

9th Circuit

Hayk Khudaverdyan & Nadezhda Khudaverdyan v. Holder (9th Cir. Feb. 27, 2015)

GRABER, Owens, Kleinfeld (dissent)

Summary:  “The panel granted, in part, a petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of asylum and withholding of removal, holding...

Submitted by on February 26, 2015 - 1:00am

2Circuit

Edson Flores v. Holder (2d Cir. Feb 26, 2015)

CHIN, Lynch, Sack

Summary: “Petition for review of an order of the Board of Immigration Appeals, which affirmed an Immigration Judge’s denial of petitioner’s motion to...

Submitted by Hena Mansori on February 24, 2015 - 1:00am

10th Circuit

Medina-Rosales v. Holder (10th Cir., Feb. 24, 2015)

KELLY, Baldock, Moritz

The 10th Circuit granted this petition for review filed by an LPR seeking to re-adjust his status with a 212(h) waiver despite an aggravated felony conviction.  In doing so, the 10th Circuit joined the Second...

Submitted by on February 23, 2015 - 1:00am

7th Circuit

Afrouz Keirkhavash v. Holder (7th Cir. Feb 23, 2015)

EASTERBROOK, Kanne, Hamilton

Summary: “Afrouz Keirkhavash, a citizen of Iran, did not depart when her tourist visa lapsed. Two days before the statutory deadline...

Submitted by Hena Mansori on February 13, 2015 - 1:00am

9th Circuit

Hernandez-Gonzalez v. Holder (9th Cir., Feb. 13, 2015)

REINHARDT, Fisher, Murguia

Summary: The Ninth Circuit granted this petition for review, agreeing with the petitioner that his felony weapons possession conviction, with a sentence enhancement for gang activity, is not...

Submitted by on February 13, 2015 - 1:00am

7th Circuit

Lucy Sibanda v. Holder (7th Cir. Feb. 13, 2015)

WOOD, Kanne, Tinder

Summary: “After fleeing from her native Zimbabwe to the United States, Lucy Sibanda applied for asylum and other relief from removal. She fears...

Submitted by on February 10, 2015 - 1:00am

10th Circuit

Melida Teresa Luna-Garcia v. Holder (10th Cir. Feb. 10, 2015)

Briscoe, Matheson, McHugh (ORDER)

Summary: “Melida Teresa Luna-Garcia petitions for review of an order of removal that was reinstated by the Department...

Submitted by on February 9, 2015 - 1:00am

8th Circuit

James Thuku Kanagu v. Holder (8th Cir. Feb. 9, 2015)

SHEPHERD, Bye, Kelly

Summary: “James Kanagu, a native and citizen of Kenya, petitions for review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) that...

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