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Kevin A. Gregg, Esq. (kgregg@kktplaw.com)

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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 h ...
 
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Matter of Coronado Acevedo, 28 I&N Dec. 648 (A.G. 2022) termination; Matter of S-O-G- & -F-D-B-; notice and comment rulemaking Llanas-Trejo v. Garland, No. 21-3770 (8th Cir. Nov. 16, 2022) non-LPR cancellation of removal; good moral character; multiple DUIs; Matter of Cartillo-Perez; presumption; hardship to non-qualifying relative; motion to reope…
 
Zaragoza v. Garland, No. 19-3437 (7th Cir. Nov. 8, 2022) vacated criminal convictions; Matter of Thomas and Thompson; Indiana Code § 35-46-1-4(a)(2); CIMT; petty offense exception; child endangerment; realistic probability test; retroactive application; Matter of Cota-Vargas *Sponsors and friends of the podcast! Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.…
 
Laparra-Deleon v. Garland, No. 22-1081 (1st Cir. Nov. 4, 2022) deficient NTA in absentia motion to reopen; Matter of Laparra; notice of hearing; definition of the word “change”; Zombie precedent Pinel-Gomez v. Garland, No. 19-3124 (2d Cir. Nov. 2, 2022) corroboration; standard of review; factual question; finding of fact; reasonably available evide…
 
Zapata-Chacon v. Garland, No. 20-9645 (10th Cir. Oct. 25, 2022) Colorado definition of marijuana; motion to reconsider and terminate; definition of review; definition of relief; INA § 241(a)(5); jurisdiction; 28J letter Morales v. Garland, No. 20-1305 (4th Cir. Oct. 24, 2022) particular social group; witnesses to gang crime; women unable to leave t…
 
Chavez v. Garland, No. 21-1267 (1st Cir. Oct. 21, 2022) withholding of removal; imputed political opinion; imputed particular social group; imputed gang member; Matter of E-A-G-; Chevron Step 2; CAT; willful blindness; MS-13; El Salvador H.H. v. Garland, No. 21-1150 (1st Cir. Oct. 21, 2022) CAT protection; acquiescence; willful blindness test; mixe…
 
Singh v. Garland, No. 20-70050 (9th Cir. Oct. 12, 2022) en banc challenge; in absentia motion to reopen; deficient NTA; statutory interpretation; Rodriguez; Laparra Sarr v. Garland, No. 20-3836 (2d Cir. Oct. 12, 2022) venue; jurisdiction; stay of removal; INA § 242(b)(2) Moreno v. Garland, No. 21-1237 (1st Cir. Oct. 14, 2022) adjustment of status; …
 
Munoz v. DOS, et al., No. 21-55365 (9th Cir. Oct. 5, 2022) doctrine of consular nonreviewability; Immigrant Visa; tattoos; facially legitimate bonafide reason; timely notification; Due Process Cordero-Chavez v. Garland, No. 21-60370 (5th Cir. Oct. 4, 2022) credibility; CAT protection; inconsistency; CAT box; waiver of CAT claim; Eduard v. Ashcroft …
 
Lara-Garcia v. Garland, No. 20-71703 (9th Cir. Sept. 26, 2022) motion to reopen; vacated conviction; Cardoso-Tlaseca; simple possession of drugs; Federal First Offender’s Act (FFOA); Lujan-Armendariz; sua sponte; CIMT – Cal. Pen. Code § 459, misdemeanor burglary; Cal. Pen. Code § 496(a), misdemeanor receipt of stolen property; Cal. Health and Safet…
 
September 2022 Patron Shout Out! Derrick Upchurch Breanna Cary Nenad Milosevic Yuna E. Scott Lorraine Marte Susan Gregg Michelle M. Marty Rivera Pablo Rodriguez Dave Burton Fola Olumbunmi Kumar v. Garland, No. 20-60712 (5th Cir. Sept. 21, 2022) exhaustion; due process; asylum; past persecution; government actor; BJP; India *Sponsors and friends of …
 
Singh v. Garland, No. 20-72806 (9th Cir. Sept. 14, 2022) past persecution; serious harm; death threats alone; fleeing home; age of victim for persecution; Shiromani Akali Dal Party (Mann Party); India Martinez Roman v. Garland, No. 20-3476 (2d Cir. Sept. 15, 2022) continuances; non-LPR cancellation of removal; exceptional and extremely unusual hard…
 
Intro + Hernandez Avilez v. Garland, No. 20-16142 (9th Cir. Sept. 8, 2022) (detention) Rodriguez De Palucho v. Garland, No. 22-0212 (6th Cir. Sept. 9, 2022) asylum; unable or unwilling to control private actors; extortion; rent; MS-13; El Salvador Agustin-Matias v. Garland, No. 21-60288 (5th Cir. Sept. 9, 2022) non-LPR cancellation of removal; qual…
 
Gonzalez-Castillo v. Garland, No. 21-70112 (9th Cir. Aug. 31, 2022) · Interpol Red Notice; Article 13 of the Salvadoran Code; MS-13; serious reason to believe; serious nonpolitical crime; probable cause; burdens; Matter of W-E-R-B-; Salvadoran Art. 13; MS-13; IJ duty to develop the record Romero-Millan v. Garland, No. 16-73915 (9th Cir. Aug. 29, 20…
 
Vurimindi v. Att'y Gen. U.S., No. 19-1848 (3d Cir. Aug. 24, 2022) stalking in violation of 18 Pa. Stat. and Cons. Stat. § 2709.1(a)(1); divisibility; mens rea; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); means vs. elements; intent; “demonstrate”; Pennsylvania jury instructions Rivera-Medrano v. Garland, No. 20-1667 (1st Cir. Aug. 26, 2022) motion to remand; credibility…
 
Cordero-Garcia v. Garland, No. 19-72779 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022) INA § 101(a)(43)(S), obstruction of justice; Valenzuela Gallardo; Cal. Pen. Code § 136.1(b)(1); Matter of Cordero-Garcia; realistic probability; Zombie alert! Ballinas-Lucero v. Garland, No. 17-73260 (9th Cir. Aug. 15, 2022) vacated convictions; Cal. Pen. Code § 1018; cancellation; Pe…
 
Tinoco Acevedo v. Garland, No. 20-2048 (4th Cir. Aug. 11, 2022) IJ bias; belittle; due process; Matter of Y-S-L-C-; lack of fluency in English; relying on evidence not in the record K.Y. v. U.S. Att'y Gen., No. 21-10271 (11th Cir. Aug. 9, 2022) particularly serious crime; asylum; transgender woman; extortion; issue exhaustion; discretionary finding…
 
Sorto-Guzman v. Garland, No. 20-1762 (4th Cir. Aug. 3, 2022) single death threat; persecution; question of law; Catholic religion; burdens; Mara 18; El Salvador Gutierrez-Vargas v. Garland, No. 21-3520 (8th Cir. Aug. 1, 2022) particularly serious crime; reweighing evidence; crimes against persons; INA § 242(a)(2)(C); CAT deferral; dismemberment; Ze…
 
Matter of Ortega-Quezada, 28 I&N Dec. 598 (BIA 2022) INA § 237(a)(2)(C); firearm offense; exchange; ammunition; gratuitous transfer; divisibility; double jeopardy; similarly-worded statutes; Pereida Martinez Alquijay v. Garland, No. 20-70470 (9th Cir. July 27, 2022) untimely asylum filing; one-year deadline; extraordinary circumstances; legal disab…
 
Ndudzi v. Garland, No. 20-60782 (5th Cir. July 20, 2022) adverse credibility; demeanor; inconsistency; asylum; credible fear interview notes; Angola; Cabinda; Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC); BIA rewriting IJ decision Masin-Ventura v. Garland, No. 21-60610 (5th Cir. July 21, 2022) motion to reopen; equitable tolling; dilig…
 
United States v. Hernandez-Calvillo, No. 19-3210 (10th Cir. July 13, 2022) encourage; induce; alien smuggling; First Amendment; 8 U.S.C. § 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv); Sineneng-Smith; statutory interpretation USA v. Bastide-Hernandez, No. 19-30006 (9th Cir. July 11, 2022) (en banc) deficient NTA; claims processing rule; subject matter jurisdiction; § 1326; p…
 
Barseghyan v. Garland, No. 16-72849 (9th Cir. July 8, 2022) credibility; asylum; inconsistency; Alam; past persecution; totality of circumstances; opportunity to explain; plausibility; Armenia Gudiel-Villatoro v. Garland, No. 20-61050 (5th Cir. July 8, 2022) deficient NTA; in absentia motion to reopen; Rodriguez; failure to update address; failure …
 
Zepeda-Lopez, et al. v. Garland, No. 19-145 (2d June 28, 2022) asylum; dual citizenship; dual nationality; statutory interpretation; “any”; dictionary definitions; INA § 101(a)(42)(A); refugee; UN Refugee Convention; statutory scheme as a whole; Matter of B-R-; Honduras Matter of E-F-N-, 28 I&N Dec. 591 (BIA 2022) credibility; impeachment; filing d…
 
United States v. Taylor, No. 20-1459 (U.S. June 21, 2022) Hobbs Act robbery; 18 U.S.C. § 924(c)(3)(A); crime of violence; attempt; substantial step; realistic probability test Menghistab v. Garland, No. 21-2099 (7th Cir. June 21, 2022) changed country conditions motion to reopen; CAT deferral; review of foreign law; prima facie showing; Ethiopian c…
 
Garland v. Gonzalez, et al., No. 20-322 (U.S. June 13, 2022) INA § 242(f)(1); injunctions; class action; individual; statutory interpretation; detention Johnson v. Arteaga-Martinez, No. 19-896 (U.S. June 13, 2022) statutory interpretation; canon of constitutional avoidance; detention; withholding-only proceedings; reinstatement; Jennings Aguirre-Zu…
 
USA v. Castillo, No. 21-527 (2d Cir. June 8, 2022) crime of violence; attempt; violent force; attempted second-degree gang assault in violation of N.Y. Pen. L. §§ 120.06 and 110.00; legal impossibility Flores-Alonso v. U.S. Att'y Gen., No. 19-14058 (11th Cir. June 6, 2022) non-LPR cancellation of removal under INA § 240A(b); exceptional and extreme…
 
Lopez-Perez v. Garland, No. 20-60131 (5th Cir. June 1, 2022) domestic violence based asylum claims; Jaco v. Garland; A-R-C-G-; failure to file a brief with the BIA; futility of remand; El Salvador Bertrand v. Garland, No. 19-60620 (5th Cir. June 3, 2022) unable or unwilling to protect; police reports; Matter of O-Z- & I-Z-; complete helplessness; P…
 
USA v. Jimenez-Shilon, No. 20-13139 (11th Cir. May 23, 2022) 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(5)(A); right of “the people” to bear arms Nunez v. Att'y Gen. U.S., No. 20-2651 (3d Cir. May 26, 2022) endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree, in violation of N.J. Stat. § 2C:24-4(a)(1); use and definition of “would”; crime of child abuse, neglect, or ab…
 
Patel v. Garland, No. 20-979 (U.S. May 16, 2022) jurisdiction to review five types of discretionary relief; statutory interpretation; false claim to citizenship; agency power Saint Ford v. Att'y Gen U.S., No. 21-1729 (3d Cir. May 16, 2022) ineffective assistance of counsel motion to reopen; corroboration; prejudice; truth of statements in motion; P…
 
Ed and Liz take us through the case and settlement Dong, et al. v. Johnson, et al., Case No. 17-2092-ES-JSA—a class-action lawsuit which challenged various actions and conduct of the U.S. Government related to the University of Northern New Jersey (“UNNJ”). UNNJ was a fake university set up by DHS. After over five years of litigation, the lawsuit h…
 
Matter of B-Z-R-, 28 I&N Dec. 563 (A.G. 2022) mental health; Matter of G-G-S-; particularly serious crime Kithongo v. Garland, No. 21-2662 (7th Cir. May 9, 2022) particularly serious crime; conspiracy to commit robbery; violent crimes; Matter of N-A-M-; jurisdiction; exhaustion; case processing rule; actually argued Tojin-Tiu v. Garland, No. 21-226…
 
U.S. v. Begay, No. 14-10080 (9th Cir. May 5, 2022) (en banc) crime of violence; recklessness; Borden Udo v. Garland, No. 20-70078 (9th Cir. May 4, 2022) credibility; frivolous asylum finding; deliberate fabrication; materiality; gay men; homosexuality; consideration of all evidence; adverse credibility and Convention Against Torture; Nigeria Matter…
 
Matter of Dang, 28 I&N Dec. 541 (BIA 2022) misdemeanor domestic abuse battery with child endangerment in violation of LA Stat. § 14:35.3(I); crime of domestic violence; INA § 237(a)(2)(E)(i); physical force; 18 U.S.C. § 16(a); Castleman, Stokeling Bhaktibhai-Patel v. Garland, No. 19-2565 (2d Cir. Apr. 27, 2022) jurisdiction; final order; finality; …
 
About Hidden Dream: The Hidden Dream was built to raise awareness of the struggles faced by visa immigrants, share resources, and create a community to uplift immigrants who have spent several years in this country without a pathway to citizenship. The Hidden Dream specializes in creating resources for childhood visa arrivals - children who entered…
 
Aaliyah The Brave: Empowering Children Coping with Immigration Enforcement, by Rekha Sharma-Crawford, Esq. Pre-order on Amazon, here! About the book About the author: https://sharma-crawford.com/attorny-profiles/ Barros v. Garland, No. 21-1335 (1st Cir. Apr. 19, 2022) LPR cancellation of removal; discretion; dead fish standard of review; exhaustion…
 
Ibarra Chevez v. Garland, No. 20-1576 (4th Cir. Apr. 15, 2022) CAT; torture in the aggregate; relocation; Decree 717; mixed question of law and fact; standards of review; no need for motion to reconsider; MS-13; El Salvador Sanchez-Amador v. Garland, No. 20-60367 (5th Cir. Apr. 11, 2022) unable or unwilling to protect; sexual assault; extortion; MS…
 
Boch-Saban v. Garland, No. 20-60540 (5th Cir. Apr. 8, 2022) equitable tolling; motion to reopen; appeal to BIA; self-certification; Matter of Liadov Arreguin v. Garland, No. 20-2431 (8th Cir. Apr. 4, 2022) asylum; vigilante group; disappearance; corroboration; immediate family; nuclear family; nexus; C-T-L-; opportunity to explain; motion to reopen…
 
Gonzalez Aguilar v. Garland, No. 18-9570 (10th Cir. Mar. 29, 2022) asylum; transgender woman; transgender adults; pattern or practice of persecution; Department of State country condition report; corruption; law enforcement efforts; unable or unwilling; corruption; Honduras Matter of S. Wong, 28 I&N Dec. 518 (BIA 2022) definition of conviction unde…
 
Betty's Bio: Elizabeth “Betty” Stevens is of counsel at Poarch Thompson Law. Ms. Stevens received her J.D. magna cum laude from George Mason School of Law, and a B.S. in the Arabic Languages from Georgetown University. Ms. Stevens is an active member of the Federal Bar Association and is a past Chair of the FBA’s Immigration Law Section. In that ca…
 
Ep. 100 thank yous, and TPS update! Said v. U.S. Att'y Gen., No. 21-12917 (11th Cir. Mar. 24, 2022) possession of marijuana in violation of Fla. Stat. § 893.13(6)(a); Matter of Guaderrama; realistic probability test; relevant divisibility; modified categorical approach; Ramos; Moncrieffe Tazu v. Att’y Gen. U.S., et al., 975 F.3d 292 (3d Cir. 2020) …
 
Matter of C. Morgan, 28 I&N Dec. 508 (BIA 2022) attempt to commit larceny, Conn. Gen. Stat. §§ 53a-124, 53a-49; INA § 101(a)(43)(U)aggravated felony; theft offense as defined at INA § 101(a)(43)(G); divisibility; means; fraud and theft; trickery; knowing consent; Reyes Lauture v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 19-13165 (11th Cir. Mar. 17, 2022) CIMT; INA § 2…
 
Into + Wooden v. U.S., No. 20-5279 (U.S. Mar. 7, 2022) Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA); different occasions; single scheme of criminal misconduct; INA § 237(a)(2)(A)(ii); CIMT Oluwajana v. Garland, No. 21-1804 (7th Cir. Mar. 9, 2022) due process; motion to extend briefing deadline; motion to accept untimely brief; abuse of discretion; general rema…
 
Intro + Duarte et al. v. Mayorkas, No. 18-20784 (5th Cir. Mar. 3, 2022) advance parole; admitted; TPS; arriving alien Arreaga Bravo v. Att’y Gen. U.S., No. 20-3300 (3rd Cir. Mar. 2, 2022) clear error review; IJ fact finding; rape; CAT; Guatemala Rivera Menjivar v. Garland, No. 21-1624 (8th Cir. Mar. 3, 2022) asylum; due process; similarly situated …
 
Zarate v. U.S. Att’y Gen., No. 20-11654 (11th Cir. Feb. 18, 2022) CIMT; falsely representing a social security number; 42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)(B); fraud or deceit; crimes against the government; least culpable conduct; false statement; intent to deceive; Pereida; burdens Matter of T-C-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 472 (BIA 2022) INA § 209(b); asylee and refugee ad…
 
Mejia-Velasquez v. Garland, No. 20-1192 (4th Cir. Feb. 15, 2022) biometrics notice; Matter of D-M-C-P-; definition of notice; Kisor deference; regulatory interpretation; preamble; due process; foreign language interpretation Ortiz Narez v. Garland, Nos. 19-72039, 20-71416 (9th Cir. Feb. 16, 2022) CIMT; CA voluntary manslaughter; categorical approac…
 
USA v. Rodriguez-Flores, No. 21-40277 (5th Cir. Feb. 11, 2022) sexual assault of an adult under Tex. Pen. Code § 22.011(a)(1), (b); aggravated felony crime of violence; means/elements; divisibility Ixcuna-Garcia v. Garland, No. 17-1867 (1st Cir. Feb. 8, 2022) adverse credibility; corroborating evidence; notice and opportunity to explain; Ren; L-A-C…
 
Interview with Laura Kelley (the Joyful Attorney), South Florida-based Immigration Attorney and Professional Certified Mindset Coach Learn more about Laura and schedule a counseling session, here! And here! Check out Laura's podcast, here! Need someone to talk to? - 1-800-273-8255 *Sponsors and friends of the podcast! Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pr…
 
[2:13] Tomas-Ramos v. Garland, No. 20-1201 (4th Cir. Feb. 2, 2022) reasonable fear review; standard of review; facially legitimate and bona fide reason; family-based particular social group; relocation; gangs; Guatemala [11:00] He v. Garland, No. 20-1328 (8th Cir. Feb. 4, 2022) asylum; past persecution; well-founded fear of persecution; house churc…
 
[2:17] Osmani v. Garland, No. 20-3318 (7th Cir. Jan. 24, 2022) jurisdiction; discretion; refugee waiver; INA 209(c); burdens; discretionary relief; motion to remand; impermissible fact finding [8:30] Dai v. Garland, No. 21-1315 (7th Cir. Jan. 24, 2022) adverse credibility; dates; inconsistencies; house church; Christianity; China [12:18] Matter of …
 
[1:48, 32:54] Ode to the Loaf [2:08] Da Graca v. Garland, No. 20-1607 (1st Cir. Jan. 18, 2022) Rhode Island Gen. L. § 31-9-1; INA § 101(a)(43)(G); aggravated felony theft offense; joyriding; realistic probability test; state statutory framework as a whole [9:27] Matter of Laguerre, 28 I&N Dec. 437 (BIA 2022) law relating to a controlled substance; …
 
Happy MLK day! [2:57] Takwi v. Garland, No. 20-9595 (10th Cir. Jan. 10, 2022) explicit adverse credibility determination; rebuttable presumption; clean credibility; Matter of M-A-M- safeguards; Southern Cameroon National Council (SCNC) [8:38] Diaz Ortiz v. Garland, No. 19-1620 (1st Cir. Jan. 10, 2022) (en banc) asylum; evangelical Christians; adver…
 
[2:44] Cabrera v. Garland, No. 20-1943 (4th Cir. Jan. 6, 2022) continuance; U-visa; good cause standard; reputable presumption where collateral relief is prima facie approvable [9:58] Herrera-Martinez v. Garland, No. 20-1423 (4th Cir. Jan. 5, 2022) particular social group; prosecution witness; particularity; limiting language; fear of drug traffick…
 
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