Immigration Review

Immigration Review

A weekly podcast of immigration case summaries and practice insights from your host, Kevin A. Gregg, a partner at the law firm Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt P.A. Each Monday, the Immigration Review podcast reviews the latest published opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and all U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals—discussing some in depth, providing holdings for others, and always giving practical insights, rummaging through the week’s decisions so you don’t have to. *Read about your host and the KKTP law firm here:


Bristow v. Mayorkas, No. 22 C 991 (N.D. Ill. Mar. 28, 2024)

  • I-130; sham marriage; overcoming INA § 204(c); persuasiveness of affidavits


Olmedo Martinez v. Garland, No. 23-9593 (10th Cir. Apr. 16, 2024)

  • non-LPR cancellation of removal motion to reopen; exceptional and extremely unusual hardship; reasonable likelihood standard for prima facie case; Wilkinson; medical issues for children


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 Abdulahad v. Garland, No. 22-3743 (6th Cir. Apr. 11, 2024) 

  • CAT deferral; aggregate forms of torture; changed country condition motion to reopen; cumulative evidence; point of comparison; individualized risk; American characteristics; Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF); Chaldean Christian; Iraq 


Cheejati, et al. v. Blinken, et al., No. 23-40398 (5th Cir. Apr. 9, 2024) 

  • injunction; visa bulletin; India; TRO; jurisdic...
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United States v. Hansen, No. 17-10548 (9th Cir. Apr. 3, 2024)

  • common law specific intent mens rea; solicitation definition; 8 U.S.C. §§ 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) and 1324(a)(1)(B)(i); encouraging violation of immigration law


Matter of F-C-S-, 28 I&N Dec. 788 (BIA 2024) (amended)

  • 8 C.F.R. § 1240.17; expedited removal; credible fear process; mental incompetency and untimely evidence


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Khalil v. Garland, No. 23-1443 (1st Cir. Mar. 29, 2024)

  • mixed motive; one central reason; personal dispute; intertwined reasons; religion; persecution standard; de novo review of government-actor prong of CAT protection; duty to intervene; Muslim Brotherhood; Egypt 


Almanzar v. Att'y Gen. U.S., No. 21-3092 (3d Cir. Mar. 29, 2024)

  • second-degree robbery, N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2C:15-1(a); CIMT; Diaz-Lizarraga; tr...
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Wilkinson v. Garland, No. 22-666 (U.S. Mar. 19, 2024)

  • jurisdiction; INA § 242(a)(2)(B) & (D); Guerro-Lasprilla; mixed question of law and fact; Patel


Gomez-Ruotolo v. Garland, No. 23-1238 (4th Cir. Mar. 20, 2024)

  • CIMT; categorical approach; electronic solicitation of a minor between seven and fourteen; VA Code § 18.2-374.3(c); attempted sexual battery on a child; VA Code Section 18.2-67.5(c); force; sexual battery by...
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Annor v. Garland, No. 23-1281 (4th Cir. Mar. 15, 2024)

  • particularly serious crime; conspiracy to commit money laundering; 18 U.S.C. § 1956(h); N-A-M- process; elements; dangerousness 


Vasquez Castaneda v. Perry, et al., No. 22-7365 (4th Cir. Mar. 13, 2024)

  • prolonged detention; Zadvydas; reasonable foreseeability of removal; withholding-only; reinstatement; INA § 241(a); Guzman Chavez; due process; Mathews; Arteaga-Martin...
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Membreno-Rodriguez v. Garland, No. 23-60022 (5th Cir. Mar. 4, 2024)

  • 8 C.F.R. § 212.5(b)(5); applicant for admission; adjustment of status; motion to reopen; termination of parole 


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Reyes Galeana v. Garland, No. 24-0043 (6th Cir. Mar. 4, 2024)

  • Mexican business owners; particularity; particular social group; social dist...
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F.J.A.P. v. Garland, No. 21-2284 (7th Cir. Feb. 27, 2024)

  • withholding-only review; Nasrallah; 30 day rule; claims processing rule; jurisdiction; Guzman Chavez; final order of removal; reinstatement; Bhaktibhai-Patel; Santos-Zacaria; statutory interpretation; presumption of review; clear error and credibility; reweighing evidence; failure to identify IJ errors; MS-13; extortion; El Salvador


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Matter of Azrag, 28 I&N Dec. 784 (BIA 2024) 

  • vacated criminal conviction; Thomas and Thompson; procedural or substantive defect; burden of proof; reasons for vacating 

Singh Bhagtana v. Garland, No. 20-1673 (2d. Cir. Feb. 22, 2024) 

  • reasonable relocation outside of Punjab State; Sikh; Mann Party; India

Singh v. Garland, No. 23-2289 (8th Cir. Feb. 23, 2024) 

  • changed country condition motion t...
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 Herrow v. Att'y Gen. U.S., No. 22-1854 (3d Cir. Feb. 13, 2024) 

  • repatriated Somalis; particularity and distinction; Westernized Somalis; CAT protection; acquiesce; Georgetown Report; Reer Hamar Bendiri; Al Shabaab; Somalia 


Guzman-Maldonado v. Garland, No. 23-9 (9th Cir. Feb. 14, 2024) 

  • aggravated felony theft offense; INA § 101(a)(43)(G); Arizona robbery; Ariz. Rev. Stat. § 13-1904(A); consensual theft; inten...
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Matter of Bernardo, 28 I&N Dec. 781 (BIA 2024)

  • I-751; joint filing; allegation of marriage fraud; properly filed; duress and coercion



Patel v. Jaddou, No. 24-0026 (6th Cir. Feb. 9, 2024)

  • U-visa disclosure; penalties; 8 U.S.C. § 1367; willfulness; APA; private right of action against federal officials


United States v. Devereaux, No. 22-1203 (10th Cir. Feb. 6, 2024)

  • assault resulting in serious bodily inj...
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Matter of Aguilar Hernandez, 28 I&N Dec. 774 (BIA 2024)

  • deficient NTA; Form I-261; interlocutory appeal; termination; regulatory interpretation; factual and legal allegations in an NTA; Niz-Chavez dicta


Gaspar-Felipe v. Garland, No. 22-3372 (8th Cir. Jan. 30, 2024)

  • indigenous asylum claim; persecution because of debts; family remaining in country of fear; Guatemala 


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Pineda-Maldonado v. Garland, No. 20-1912 (1st Cir. Jan. 24, 2024)

  • past torture; past persecution; death threats alone; imminent threats; mixed motive; animus; family membership; cattle thieves; nexus standard for withholding; El Salvador


Owusu v. Garland, No. 24-0016 (6th Cir. Jan. 24, 2024)

  • police unable or unwilling to protect; failure to report; New Patriot Party; NPP; National Democrat Congress; NDC, Ghana



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Velasquez-Castillo v. Garland, No. 21-60681 (5th Cir. Jan. 17, 2024)

  • Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (“TVPRA”); motion to reopen; minor; newly available evidence; changed country conditions; failure to consider evidence; sexual orientation; Honduras 


United States v. Daye, No. 23-1048 (8th Cir. Jan. 16, 2024)

  • Domestic Abuse Assault, Enhanced under Iowa Code § 708.2A(3)(b); DAAE; crimes of violence...
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Matter of Panin, 28 I&N Dec. 771 (BIA 2024)

  • bond; collateral estoppel; INA § 236(a); Bail Reform Act


United States v. Ortiz-Orellana, No. 16-4844 (4th Cir. Jan. 10, 2024)

  • crime of violence; VICAR; felony murder; divisibility; means vs. elements; impotance of jury instructions; crime of violence

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Singh v. Garland, No. 23-1192 (7th Cir. Jan. 2, 2024) 

  • adverse credibility; omission; medical reports; past persecution harm; due process challenge; exhaustion; Mann Party; Sikh; India



Mejia-Alvarenga v. Garland, No. 22-60554 (5th Cir. Jan. 3, 2024)

  • unable or unwilling to protect; complete helplessness; failure to report harm; rape; threats; due process; three member panel; DHS failure to file brief; IJ bias; TRAC


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Espinoza-Ochoa v. Garland,  No. 21-1431 (1st Cir. Dec. 27, 2023)

  • particular social group; social distinction; circularity; farmers; nexus; mixed motive; one central reason; retribution; criminal motives transforming into protected ground; revenge; gangs; Guatemala


Pascual-Miguel v. Garland, No. 20-2397 (8th Cir. Dec. 27, 2023)

  • ineffective assistance of counsel; prejudice; nexus; Mendez Rojas Class Settlement; untime...
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Matter of H. N. Ferreira, 28 I&N Dec. 765 (BIA 2023) 

  • I-751; removal of conditional LPR status; IJ authority to terminate

Delgado-Victorio v. Garland, No. 23-60102 (5th Cir. Dec. 18, 2023) 

  • aggravated sexual assault with a deadly weapon in violation of Tex. Penal Code § 22.021(a)(1)(A) & (2)(A)(iv); Borden and mens rea; crime of violence; good cause for a continuance

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