Immigration Litigation Update

Submitted by on March 29, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 25, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by Kathleen O'Donovan on March 24, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 21, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by Kathleen O'Donovan on March 21, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 21, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 14, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 14, 2016 - 1:00am

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...

Submitted by on March 11, 2016 - 1:00am

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,...

Submitted by Kathleen O'Donovan on March 10, 2016 - 1:00am

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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