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Immigration Litigation Update
Zyapkov v. Lynch (7th Cir. March 29, 2016)
MANION, Kanne, Williams
Summary:Petitioner, Nikolay Zyapkov, a Bulgarian citizen, petitions for review of the Board’s decision regarding his application to become a lawful permanent resident based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen. Petitioner entered the United States in 2002 with a six-month visitor’s...
Cinto Velasquez v. Lynch (8th Cir. March 25, 2016)
LOKEN, Murphy, Colloton
Summary:Petitioner, Eliu Jeremias Cinto-Velasquez, a native of Guatemala, petitions for review The denial of his application for asylum and voluntary departure. Petitioner entered the United States without inspection in 1993 and applied for asylum, withholding of removal...
Ledezma Cosino v. Lynch (9th Cir. March 24, 2016)
REINHARDT, Du, dissent by Clifton
Summary: “The panel granted Salomon Ledezma-Cosino’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ decision finding him ineligible for cancellation of removal or voluntary departure because he lacked good moral character as a “habitual drunkard” under 8...
Vela Estrada v. Lynch (2d Cir. March 21, 2016)
Straub, Chin, Carney (Per Curiam)
Summary:Petitioner Henry Vela-Estrada, a native and citizen of Guatemala, seeks review of a decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) declining to certify, pursuant to C.F.R. § 1003.1(c), his untimely appeal of order of removal of the...
Linares Gonzalez et al v. Lynch (9th Cir. March 21, 2016)
CALLAHAN, Pregerson, Bastian
Summary: “The panel granted Reyes Linares-Gonzales’ and Maribel Preciado’s petitions for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ orders finding them ineligible for cancellation of removal in part because their convictions for identity theft under California...
Ramirez Munoz et al v Lynch (9th Cir. March 21, 2016)
WALLACE, Silverman, Christen
Summary: “The panel denied a petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ order denying an untimely and numerically barred motion to reopen removal proceedings in a case in which Mexican citizens asserted a fear of persecution based on their membership...
Sakhawati v. Lynch (6th Cir. March 14, 2016)
GILMAN, White, Stranch
Summary: Petitioner Noor J. Saskawati, a native and citizen of Bangladesh, appeals the decision of the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA”) arguing that the BIA abused its discretion in granting the Department of Homeland Security’s (“DHS”) motion to reopen. Petitioner argues...
Saadoon et al v. Lynch (8th Cir. March 14, 2016)
SMITH, Riley, Shepherd
Summary:Petitioner Farok Abdulmajid Hamod and his wife, Orwa Ali Al-Saadoon, appeal the district court’s denial of their petitions for naturalization. In 1999 Petitioners came to the United States on a religious worker visa when Hamod was hired by a School in Minnesota. Hamod...
Orozco Velasquez v. Att’y Gen (3d Cir. March 11, 2016)
ROTH, McKee, Ambro
Summary: Petitioner, Orozco-Velasquez, seeks review his denied application for cancellation of removal. Petitioner is a Guatemalan native and citizen who arrived in the United States in September 1998 or February 1999 without being admitted or paroled. On May 9, 2008,...
Rosales Rivera v. Lynch (9th Cir. March 10, 2016)
PAEZ, Fletcher, Berzon
Summary: “The panel granted Milton Rosales Rivera’s petition for review of the Board of Immigration Appeals’ denial of cancellation of removal based on its finding that his conviction for perjury under California Penal Code § 118 was a crime involving moral turpitude. The...
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