Other Circuit Court Opinions


Sihotang v. Sessions, 900 f.3d 46 (1st Cir. 2018): Evangelical Christian from Indonesia filed MTR 2006 removal proceedings, which BIA denied in a “terse one-and-a-half-page opinion.” 1st Cir granted petition, vacated and remanded because BIA’s consideration was superficial.


Zuniga-Perez and Hernandez-Campo v. Sessions (2018): Grants a review of a denial of a motion to suppress. (PDF Summary)

Alom v. Whitaker (2018): standard of review de novo in waiver of joint filing requirement for good faith marriage. (PDF Summary)


Lopez Ordonez v. Barr, No. 18-2469 (4th Cir. April 16, 2020): Atrocious persecution of asylum applicant while conscripted to Guatemalan military, including an infanticide. Vacated BIA’s denial because there really was a nexus between political opinion and persecution. (Word Doc Summary) (PDF Summary)


Budhathoki v. Nielsen (2018): Upholding the denial of SIJS petitions by USCIS re. necessary care and custody for individuals over 18. (Summary)

Singh v. Sessions (2018): Reversal of finding that asylum applicant could safely relocate within India. (Summary here.)


Shkabari v. Gonzales, 427 F.3d 324, 327 n.1 (6th 2005): If you don’t raise the claims before the CA, you can’t challenge the agency’s denial of those claims.

Ramaj v. Gonzales, 46 F.3d 520, 527 (6th 2006): Review agency’s factual findings for substantial evidence

Lin v. Holder, 565 F.3d 971, 978 (6th 2009): CA lacks jurisdiction to review issues that were not brought up in BIA appeal.

Harmon v. Holder, 758 F.3d 728, 732 (6th 2014): If BIA issues own decision rather than just affirming IJ, then BIA decision is final agency decision and gets reviewed, while IJ’s decision is reviewed only insofar as BIA’s opinion addressed it.

Hussam F. v. Sessions (2018): Reversal of BIA’s discretionary denial of asylum. (Summary here.)


Mejia Galindo v. Sessions (2018): BIA does not have authority to issue a removal order on first instance, if IJ did not find the plaintiff removable. (Summary here)


Rivas v. Sessions (2018): Remand of asylum application because agency failed to address asylum request of children. Also an example of trying (unsuccessfully) to plead membership in a cognizable group because of gang violence. (Summary here.)